Guest Review: Mamma Mia Mania!

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Our very own Marketing & Commercial Director, Darren Neylon recently visited London to see the Global Smash Hit Musical, Mamma Mia! In his latest review, he reveals if this feel-good show lives up to expectations…

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What a fun night this was – lots of ABBA favourites, plenty of flared Lycra and an uncanny knowledge of all the words by the audience. I went along with Superbreak to this fantastic musical favourite expecting a light-hearted fun night out and that’s exactly what I got. Loads of fun, loads of hit songs from the 70s and, as we head into the summer, something to really put you into the holiday mood.

The cornerstone of this musical’s success is the way in which the succession of ABBA hits fit neatly into the storyline. It’s as if the songs were written specifically with this story in mind – and you don’t attract 54 million people to this show globally unless this recipe works. It opened in April 1999 and has broken many records in its time.

The current musical rendition has all of the hits, including some that a non-ABBA fan may not know very well. With the exception of one or two of the Dads, the cast did a great job in the delivering their interpretation of the songs. We also enjoyed a big finish at the end, with three well-known hits guaranteed to have you dancing in the streets afterwards – Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and Waterloo.

The cast of Mamma Mia
The cast of Mamma Mia!

This is not a show to think too deeply about. If you want to be uplifted this summer with some great musical fun including songs that you will almost certainly know the words to, then go along with Superbreak on theatre break to see this show, you will definitely have a great time. And in keeping with the cheesey nature of the storyline, I would even go as far as to say this show is Abbasolutely Abbatastic! (Sorry.)

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