REVIEWED: Mamma Mia! Live at the Palace Theatre
| 6th July 2018
The feel-good Summer musical, Mamma Mia, might be jetting off on their international tour across Toyko, Singapore and Toronto but they’re paying a flying visit to Manchester’s Palace Theatre first…
Returning to Manchester from 3rd-14th July, (Here we go again, my, my) Mamma Mia lead Manchester through idyllic Greek islands, friendship, love and most importantly-ABBA-mania (with a few flares thrown in here and there!)
The story tells of a young girl named Sophie (Lucy May Barker) living on a Greek island with her mother Donna (Shona White) who doesn’t know who her father is. She narrows it down to three possible matches and invites them all to her wedding to her fiancé Sky (Phillip Ryan); hoping she will know him when she sees him. However, those all too familiar with the story (We’ve all watched the film at least a handful of times; it’s our guilty pleasure!) will know that this doesn’t quite go to plan…
With such a good reputation on screen, those who have only seen the film before were wowed by the liveliness on stage, with each number gathering momentum as the show continued.
Favourite numbers tended to be ones that included Donna with her two best friends Tanya (Helen Anker) and Rosie (Nicky Swift). Their adaptation of Chiquitita had the audience in stitches as Tanya and Rosie appeared to be quite the comedic pair.
Tanya’s scene of the performance Does Your Mother Know was also accompanied by humour, excellent choreography and extremely talented dancers, resulting in a rapturous applause from the audience.
It’s not only the energetic cast that keep the audience bouncing and singing along to the tracks, but the wonderful costume that accompanies. Particular stand-outs included the super ABBA- inspired hen party costumes; injected with lashings of glitz and glamour, flares and sequins.
It would be extremely difficult to be disappointed by Mamma Mia. With laugher, colour and energy injected throughout the whole performance, the audience showed no signs of hesitation when they were encouraged to get up and have a sing and a dance at the end of the show.
As plumes of confetti floated through the air, people danced in the aisles belting out their favourite timeless ABBA classics, reminding us all to say: Thankyou For The Music, ABBA.