Mamma Mia!

Last night we went to see Mamma Mia! at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. It is a hilariously funny show and, of course, packed full of feel-good ABBA music.

Amazingly, it is almost exactly thirty years since ABBA burst onto the scene as winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in the seaside town of Brighton in the south-east of England on April 6, 1974. That song, Waterloo, is not part of the show itself, but was part of the closing sequence with the audience all standing and dancing along. Many of their best known songs are in the score though: Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, S.O.S., Thank You For The Music and The Winner Takes It All to name a few of the 22 songs listed in the programme.

The story is set on a small Greek island. Sophie is about to get married and is trying to work out which of three men (a travel writer, a banker and an architect) is her father. Her mother is not sure, and hasn’t seen any of them in years. Sophie has invited all three to her wedding, but sent the invitations in her mother’s name.

If you get a chance to see this one, go for it! One of the best musicals I have ever seen for sure.

2 thoughts on “Mamma Mia!

  1. My mom saw this, and loved it, and she knows nothing of ABBA.

    Heard a piece on this show on BBC radio this morning. They bring in 4M pounds/week. Also, people in the theater business were bemoaning the fact that the success of this show has triggered other “jukebox musicals”(their words) based on Rod Stewart, Queen and Madness(that sounds interesting).

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