Mamma Mia! (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Mamma Mia!

SECC, Glasgow, until Sat 27 Apr

MUSICAL

Truly global phenomena are becoming something of a cliché: there’s a McDonald’s on every street corner, a Nestlé product in every home, and a production of Mamma Mia! running in every country in the world, simultaneously. Probably.

The jukebox musical, which keeps relentlessly adding to the more than 30 million viewers it has acquired since its first production back in 1999, recounts the now familiar story of Sophie Sheridan’s (Haley Flaherty) quest to identify her father, one of her mother Donna’s (Carolanne Weidle) three lovers from a holiday in Greece 20 years before.

Pounding the senses with the concussive force of a glittering platform to the chest, there’s every reason to wonder why Abba were ever out of vogue. Mark Thompson’s simple swivelling, white-washed set lets the music take centre stage, as a typically slick production is capped by impressively complementary vocals from the female leads. The oestrogen-fuelled comedy by no means establishes a male exclusion zone, and with comical choreography, from the Dick Van Dyke flipper dance to the luminous Pet Shop Boys-style swimmers, there’s plenty worth consuming. Its eagerness to cram in a few too many songs might be to its detriment, but with a film version coming later this year it seems impossible to argue with the Swedish pop experience.

Mamma Mia!

  • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Written by: Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson (music & lyrics), Bjorn Ulvaeus (music & lyrics)

The smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba continues to storm the UK. Since premiering in London this funny comedy has been seen by over 54 million people all around the world. Featuring songs including 'Dancing Queen', 'Super Trouper' and 'Take A Chance On Me'.

Novello Theatre, London WC2B

Thu 22 Feb

£18–£150 / 0844 482 5170

Part of Family Arts Festival.

Fri 23 Feb

£18–£150 / 0844 482 5170

Part of Family Arts Festival.

Sat 24 Feb

£18–£150 / 0844 482 5170

Part of Family Arts Festival.

…and 204 more dates until 20 Oct

Palace Theatre, Manchester

Tue 3 Jul

£15–£64 / 0844 847 2275

Wed 4 Jul

£15–£64 / 0844 847 2275

Thu 5 Jul

£15–£64 / 0844 847 2275

…and 8 more dates until 14 Jul

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