Mamma Mia! (review)

Mamma Mia! (review)
Mamma Mia! (review)
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THE PLAY: A young woman invites 3 men (one of whom may be her father) to her wedding on a Greek island where she’s grown up with her independent mother.


THE PRODUCTION: This story starts on a simple set of white stucco with blue projections and costumes to reflect the Mediterranean Sea. By the end of Act One, it’s all out Broadway with colorful flashing lights and big dance numbers. This is one of the original jukebox musicals (it premiered in 1999), but the major difference from many of the later ones is that this relies more on dialogue and plot. The good-natured comedy is broad around the edges, but still manages to provide audience-pleasing moments. The cast is uniformly strong: the wonderful voices produce beautiful harmonies and the performances are winning throughout (the sound on the chorus numbers is jumbled but it’s not really about the lyrics anyway). “I Do” is the creatively choreographed, comic highlight, but all of the numbers are well-staged and enjoyable.  The simple design with great swaths of color is attractive and appealing. And in case you didn’t know, there’s a greatest-hits sing-along at the curtain call. Running time: 2:30


THE POINT: If you like your musicals light, colorful and broad, this final tour of the popular long-running favorite will provide lots of tuneful fun!


4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


A Broadway in Richmond presentation at the Altria Theater thru 7/25


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