Arts & Entertainment

REVIEW: Mamma Mia!

Photo: Grant Leslie

Mamma Mia! is a superb feel-good jukebox musical based on the songs of ABBA that was composed by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. The show which has been seen by over 65 million people worldwide and reportedly grossed over $4 billion since its debut in 1999, returns to the Riverside Theatres after an incredibly successful season in 2019.

The musical is presented by Packemin Productions who have previously mesmerised audiences with high quality and exceptionally produced shows on stage such as favourites Mary Poppins, The Phantom Of The Opera, Hairspray and Beauty And The Beast.

For the few readers who may not have heard of this musical the story is told through 22 of ABBA’s most popular songs and surrounds a 20-year-old woman living with her mother on a picturesque Greek Island. On the eve of her wedding, she longs to discover who her father is so invites the three possible candidates to her wedding which is the catalyst to new beginnings, renewed relationships, and a fun-filled wedding with a twist.

Some of the musical numbers include Thank You For The Music, Dancing Queen, Super Trouper, The Name Of The Game and The Winner Takes It All. It’s an ambitious production which boasts a full orchestra, colourful costumes, and choreographed dance sequences that should leave audiences anticipating the next musical number.

It’s incredible the amount of professionals who have contributed to the success of this production behind the scenes, including the lighting & sound engineers, the set & costume designers and the musical director. The huge cast of over 50 performers on stage is headed by Louise Butler as Donna, Courtney Bell as Sophia and Debora Krizak as Tanya. Each and everyone of them should be proud of their accomplishments as the leads and ensemble deliver outstanding and memorable performances. The standing ovation on opening night was justified.

Mamma Mia! is recommended for ABBA’s fanbase who have enjoyed their music throughout the years and watched them emerge into one of the most iconic super bands of all time. It’s also a musical for theatregoers of all ages who just want to have a fun night out at the theatre watching a fast-paced and family-friendly musical.

Until Feb 26. Riverside Theatres, Crn Market & George St, Paramatta. $42-$62+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.riversideparramatta.com.au

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