Monday, January 13, 2014

theatre review MAMMA, MIA - National Tour - ASU/Gammage - Dec. 31

Gabrielle Mirabella, Georgia Kate Haege and
Carly Sakolove
For my complete Talkin' Broadway review of the current National Tour of Mamma Mia that recently played at ASU/Gammage click this link.

"Mamma Mia! is a feel good musical that has run for over twelve years on Broadway, and the national tour of the show has come to ASU Gammage for a week long run through Sunday, January 5th. Using the hit songs of '70s Swedish pop band ABBA, Mamma Mia! is a musical for fans of ABBA and fans of romance, and for anyone looking for a fun night out.

Is Mamma Mia! a great musical? No, as about half of the ABBA songs don't make complete sense in the context they are used. However, many of them do fit nicely into the plot, so there is enough to make it enjoyable. The sincerity in the script and the ability of the cast to not turn the whole affair into a karaoke or camp affair are what really make it rise above many other jukebox musicals. It might not be a perfect musical, but with a winning cast and a thumping disco beat Mamma Mia! is fun and infectious."

Mamma Mia Tour site

Photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia

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