Mamma Mia in Manila
Mamma Mia! is one feel-good musical, which celebrates relationships among family, friends, and lovers through the powerful words and music of the legendary 70s pop group, Abba.
Thanks to producer Judy Craymer who had asked writer Catherine Johnson to write the story and involve ABBA members and composers Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Mamma Mia! has turned out to be a huge success on West End productions since its conception on 1999 and on the 2008 film.
With enticing elements, as having a setting on a Greek Island paradise, a story revolving on a daughter’s quest to discover her real dad among three of her mother’s former lovers and the stirring melodies of Abba, the story is something worthy to impart in one’s memory, especially to the Philippine audience.
Mamma Mia, the Musical has certainly enthralled the audiences who watched this International cast’s performance at the Theater in Solaire, as presented in Manila by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Ticketworld, and Concertus Manila.
While the story begins with the daughter, Sophie (Lucy May Barker) reading the contents of her mother’s diary and her three possible fathers to the tune of “Honey, Honey”, the feel in the theater awakens with the anticipation for more fun and energetic performances. This was fulfilled by Sophie’s mother, Donna’s (Shona White) expressive number of “Money, Money, Money” and “Dancing Queen”.
The plot thus unfolds with the arrival of the three mystery men on Sophie’s wedding by her invitation. Upon discovering this, Donna exalts her excitement to the title song “Mamma Mia”.
More explosive numbers from the cast follows with engaging choreographies and energetic performances akin to the enchanting vocals of ABBA’s Agnetha and An-Frida, as “Lay Your Love on Me”, “Super Trouper, “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”, “Vouslez Vous” and “Does Your Mother Know”.
The final stretch of the story melts the audience’s hearts with dramatic scenes aptly portraying songs like “Slipping Through My Fingers”, “The Winner Takes it All” and “When All is Said and Done”.
The story eventually culminates to a happy ending with the entire cast drawing the audience off their seats to sing and dance on their vibrant finale “Take a Chance on Me”, “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo”.
Having been caught in the dynamic web of Abba’s songs and its portrayal in this wonderful musical, Mamma Mia! is a definitive show to be seen by all ages.
Mamma Mia!, the Musical runs until October 21 in the Theater at Solaire. Tickets available through Ticketworld.
Visit the Mama Mia! website for more information at: www.mamma-mia.com
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