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'.

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Sat 23 Sep

£54.50 / 01224 641122

Sun 24 Sep

£54.50 / 01224 641122

Mon 25 Sep

£54.50 / 01224 641122

…and 19 more dates until 14 Oct

New Theatre, Oxford

Tue 14 Nov

£17.50–£68.50 / 0844 871 3020

Wed 15 Nov

£17.50–£68.50 / 0844 871 3020

Thu 16 Nov

£17.50–£68.50 / 0844 871 3020

…and 8 more dates until 25 Nov

Novello Theatre, London WC2B

Sat 23 Sep

£18–£120 / 0844 482 5170

Part of Family Arts Festival.

Mon 25 Sep

£18–£120 / 0844 482 5170

Part of Family Arts Festival.

Tue 26 Sep

£18–£120 / 0844 482 5170

Part of Family Arts Festival.

…and 135 more dates until 3 Mar 2018

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