Featureing the songs of ABBA
until September 30, 2018
Review by Peter Kemp
Thursday July 12 saw the return of Mamma Mia to Melbourne opening at the Princess Theatre.
Some small changes from the original Melbourne season with new songs and new sets, but still the fantastic feeling and wonderful night out.
The stage is set as a Greek taverna, a two storied building one would swear that had just come form a Greek island.
The music of course is all ABBA and found the audience singing along.
The production is superb, and it is obvious that the cast were really enjoying themselves. A smooth-running production with great performances, terrific dancing with good choreography, remarkable singing and a terrific rapport between the cast members.
One amusing and amazing highlight were the boys dancing with swimming flippers on their feet, A great example of dexterity and fun thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.
As Donna, the single mother of Sophie, Natalie O’Donnell caught the essence of such a character giving a great performance aided by a wonderful singing voice. Her daughter Sophie is played by Sarah Morrison. A great young performer capturing all the fine nuances of such a role with an energetic performance enhanced by her wonderful stage presence. Her fiancé Sky is given an excellent performance by Stephen Mahy. Mahy has a great rapport with Sarah Morrison and his performance added to the high standard of the production.
Sophie’s fathers (no one knows which one is her actual Dad) were played by Ian Stenlake as Sam Carmichael, Phillip Lowe as Harry Bright and Josef Ber as Bill Austin. The fathers all came from different walks of life completely changed since their time on the island. They all handled their roles with complete naturalness, working well together and adding to the enjoyment of the evening. Donn’s friends, Rosie, played by Alicia Gardiner and Tanya played by Jayde Westaby all adding to the fun of the show with some fun scenes such as a pillow fight and the finale dressed an ABBA costumes singing some of the popular ABBA songs.
The production brings a touch of Mediterranean summer to Melbourne’s July winter.
A wonderful, bright, entertaining production not to be missed. Go and see it, you have only 12 weeks .
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