It’s a winner that takes it all!
The Novello Theatre, opened way back in 1905 is home to Mamma Mia and is lit up beautifully and as you approach, the excitement mounts and you realise its going to be an amazing show. And an incredible show it proved to be! Loved the Champagne Package of Malteses and Champagne before the show and its a great way to start an evening at the theatre.
From the beginning the stage set fitted the scenes to follow and the music resounded through the theatre. Despite having seen the movie and the live show in South Africa, nothing compared to this professional yet fun show as the story unfolded in front of us. In its 20th record breaking year, Mamma Mia continues to encourage audiences want to stand up and sing and dance the night away. In 1981 I married for the first time and my wedding song was Super Trouper and to this day the children still laugh about it. But in those days we didn’t have choreographed wedding songs, we simply danced to what we loved most!
With all that is said and done, the ABBA museum in Stockholm, Sweden also pays tribute to this wonderful musical where this musical, using the music of ABBA, tells the story of a wedding on an island in Greece between a young girl and her true love while trying to find her real dad! The characters interplay and unlike the movie, this cast has voices that carry you into the realm of the wedding and dance like no one is watching (or like they do it every night). Ps The ushers were my favourite when they started to boogie in the aisles just before the encore!
Difficult not to sing along during the show but as it came to a conclusion and this “Dancing Queen” rose to the occasion, the ushers encouraged the audience to stand and dance. At last! I couldn’t believe that moment had finally arrived as my red dancing shoes had been ready from the first note and I was about to send out an “SOS” to the stage director to let us dance already!
So make sure you use your “Money, Money, Moneyh to “Let your mamma know that you’re out!” So get out the pink limo, the prosecco and the high heels and 80’s glam! Its a great night out for your bookclub, first wives club or simply a family or friend get together and dance like you are “Under Attack“! To Judy Craymer, Producer and Benny and Bjorn , “Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing
Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing
Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty
What would life be
Without a song or a dance what are we
So I say thank you for the music
For giving it to me“
DID YOU KNOW? This year, January 2019, is the 20th anniversary of MAMMA MIA! first opening on 6 April 1999 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Check out this amazing photo we found of the original cast beginning rehearsals for the show, way back in January 1999.
Do you have any photos and memories from seeing the show over the past 20 years? We’d love you to share them with us in our MAMMA MIA! Moments Gallery here.
We’ll be celebrating our anniversary on our socials channels, so don’t forget to follow us for lots of Super Trouper fun and the chance to win lots of exciting prizes!