Take a chance on this vivacious ABBA filled musical show
Melbourne theatregoers you have 12 weeks to bask in the glory of the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi because MAMMA MIA! The Musical has opened with a bang (of confetti) at the Princess Theatre in Spring Street.
MAMMA MIA! The Musical is everything you could want from a feel-good theatre show. This heart-warming comical journey follows twenty-year-old Sophie, who finds her mother (Donna)'s old diary whilst preparing for her own wedding to marry her fiance, Sky. Donna's diary reveals intimate dates with three men (Sam, Bill & Harry) which suggested that any one of the three could be Sophie's father.
Unbeknown to Donna, her daughter Sophie invites all three men to her wedding so that she can connect with her long-lost father. MAMMA MIA! The Musical follows this complex love story that is cleverly intertwined with ABBA's much-loved songs.
The cast of this exciting new production of MAMMA MIA! The Musical play their respective roles (almost) to perfection, although standouts are Natalie O'Donnell as Donna, alongside 2/3 of her trio "Donna and the Dynamos"; Jayde Westaby playing thrice-divorced Tanya and Alicia Gardiner channelling a little Rebel Wilson as the comically carefree Rosie.
Together, these talented women are indeed a dynamite trio with incredible voices to match their knock out performances. Hats off to Jayde's "Does Your Mother Know" performance, directed at young Pepper's (Sam Hopper) infacutation with her. The audience lapped up this act on the opening night of MAMMA MIA! The Musical in Melbourne and Jayde rightfully gained her very own standing ovation.
"Does Your Mother Know"? Image credit: James D.Morgan
Other key songs throughout this party-esque musical include "Dancing Queen", "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme", "Mamma Mia", Take A Chance On Me" and the finale "Voulez-Vous", which has everyone in the audience up on their dancing feet.
MAMMA MIA! The Musical is by no means a complicated show; the set is simple but it works, and the ambiance is a mix of a fun European holiday largely sprinkled with a party flavour.
While not completely flawless, MAMMA MIA! The Musical is a hit that reminds Melbourne audiences of ABBA's brilliance, at the same time delivers an all-singing all-dancing stage extravaganza that will leave you jovial in spirit and eager to watch the highly-anticipated second instalment of Mamma Mia! on the screen: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.