Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review: Mamma Mia

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Mamma Mia.
I had been to see Mamma Mia two years ago and it is certainly a lot better than I remember it! The show really has the fun factor which makes it enjoyable to watch for the whole family. When I looked at my programme I had a piece of paper telling me that there were going to be a few understudies performing. I have to admit, when I saw this piece of paper I was a bit wary as understudies can be hit and miss. I can luckily say that I was very, very wrong! The understudies were absolutely incredible and I am really surprised they don't do the roles full-time. The storyline is clever, funny and moving. For those who aren't familiar with Mamma Mia's storyline, here it is: Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter's wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother's past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. Cast members that stood out for me were Shona White who was understudying as Donna Sheridan, Jasmin Colangelo who was understudying as Sophie Sheridan, Jo Napthine as Rosie, Mazz Murray as Tanya, Richard Trinder as Sam Carmichael, Charles Daish as Bill Austin, Alasdair Harvey as Harry Bright, Alex Jordan-Mills who was understudying as Sky and last but not least Brad Veitch who was understudying as Pepper. The ensemble were also really good. Something that really pulled the show together was everyone's chemistry. The fact that this great story goes along to ABBA's music is the icing on the cake. My three favourite songs in the show were 'Dancing Queen', 'The Winner Takes It All' and 'Take a Chance on Me'. The choreography was amazing and very slick. I loved the costumes and found the set to be simple but effective. The only thing about the show that I have to criticise is that during certain songs they had ABBA singing on a backing track. I felt this was a shame as all the cast had lovely voices and it was not necessary. Apart from that this is a great show and I am so glad I went to see it as I left the theatre in a really jolly mood.

The featured star of Mamma Mia is, drum roll please... SHONA WHITE!

I was having trouble deciding weather to give featured to Shona or Mazz, but at the end of the day Shona stole the show. She was amazing! I find it devastating she is not playing the role full-time as she is phenomenal!

Now for my final verdict on Mamma Mia. I give Mamma Mia... 

I really recommend Mamma Mia as it is so much fun. It's such a great show and I hope to see it again soon!

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Play That Goes Wrong.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

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