Voulez-vous an evening of entertainment? Head over to watch Mamma Mia! The Musical.
On Tuesday evening, Jadyn and I travelled to the West End for a long awaited evening out to see Mamma Mia! the musical, at the Novello theatre.
I had been wanting to go for some time now but with no childcare, we just haven’t had the chance and Jadyn was younger so I figured she’d never actually enjoy it.
The story if you didn’t already know it tells of Donna Sheridan who lives with her daughter Sophie on a Greek Island. Sophie is about to get married to Sky and wants to have the perfect white wedding complete with her father giving her away. Only she doesn’t know who her father is. On finding her mother’s diary, she finds 3 potential men who are past lovers of Donna, and invites them to the wedding. The chaos, merriment and tears that follow are what make Mamma Mia! a production to remember.
ABBA’s masterpieces fill the musical and one cannot help with tap one’s feet to the music. In fact the atmosphere in the theatre is so electric that you’ll find yourself clapping and cheering most of the way through.
Linzi Hateley as Donna is fantastic. Her energy is infectious. Sanne den Besten as Sophie plays the carefree daughter to the hilt. In fact, all the characters fill their shoes perfectly. I could go on naming each one but would have to mention in particular to the main leads – Mazz Murray as Tanya (the older femme fatale) and Jo Napthine as Rosie (the more seemingly sober friend who’s on the lookout for love). Also deserving a mention are Richard Trinder as Sam Carmichael, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart as Bill Austin and Alasdair Harvey as Harry Bright not forgetting Richard Carson as Sky (Sophie’s fiance)
The sound system at the Novello is excellent and so are all the lighting effects. The choreography is superb and if I’m gushing about it, it’s because it is so good.
MAMMA MIA! The London production celebrated it’s 16th birthday on 6th April 2016 and has celebrated over 7,000 performances in London, breaking box office records in all 3 London homes. MAMMA MIA! The Movie, starrring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and produced by Judy Craymer, is the highest grossing live action musical of all time. The theatrical production is based on the film but has it own appeal and provides a unique experience of it’s own.
Jadyn enjoyed the show too and being the all knowing almost 12 year old going on 20, is normally inclined to turn up her nose at the songs her father and I listen to. Not this time though – she was clapping and enthralled much like I was.
I got quite involved in the show and ended up shedding a tear or two when Donna gets Sophie ready for her wedding. It’s that kind of show – it makes you laugh, cry, sing and basically come out looking at life a little differently than when you go in. You appreciate friendships, relationships and love more than ever.
In short, we LOVED it.
The show had the entire audience on it’s feet for the last few songs as such is the atmosphere.
Tickets are on sale for the next season until 4th March 2017. If you love ABBA, loved MAMMA MIA! The Movie, put your Money, Money, Money on MAMMA MIA! The Musical.
- The show lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes with a 15 minute interval.
- The nearest tube station to the Novello Theatre is Covent Garden
I was provided with complimentary tickets in return for an honest review. All ideas and opinions are my own.