A review by Nicholas Newman
Last night, it was great to see Mamma Mia the musical at Oxford’s New Theatre. The theatre was absolutely packed to its rafters as the audience waited with anticipation for this musical based on the songs of the Eurovision winning pop group Abba.
It must be remembered that this musical has travelled the world, since it was first performed in London’s West End in the 1990s at the Prince Edward Theatre. Since then it has conquered the world providing joy and pleasure to fans of Abbas great music.
As you know, the story is based on an original story by Catherine Johnson. It starts off being story of a daughter in search of her father, but it is much more complex than that. It is about unfulfilled destinies and unrequited loves, as well as demonstrating, as adults are just as full of a thirst for passion, companionship, and love.
For the audience, it was great to be thrilled by the music and the energetic dancing by the performers, which brought the Mediterranean summer sunshine to a miserable dark November night in Oxford.
Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity are cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she has never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they will never forget.
My friend watching the show with me commented,”The show makes one forget one’s everyday worries and sorrows. Altogether, it is a very captivating and entertaining show from beginning to end packed with adult humor and nostalgia.”
Amongst the songs, being performed very professionally included Super Trooper, Slipping Through My Fingers and Money, Money, Money! Also, I cannot wait to see the sequel to the original film, which was partly filmed in Oxford this summer, when it comes out.
Though when you go, be prepared for the heat that is generated by the packed audiences as they dance the night away.
To book your ticket http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/mamma-mia/new-theatre-oxford/