Last year, when the World’s No. 1 show announced that it would be calling Manila home for a month, thousands were thrilled.
Now that 2012 has come, Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia has, in a similar fashion, drawn a large audience.
The story of “A mother, a daughter. Three possible dads and a trip down the aisle you will never forget!” remains unchanged, but what keeps the viewers coming to the two and a half hour musical are the impeccable renditions of Abba’s classic songs from the 70’s, masterful dancing and the Grecian-inspired and 70’s costumes. Simply put, the foreign production not only put its best foot forward, it jumped into the 21st century.
The musical was, without a doubt, miles away from the film released in 2008. The audience’s attention was caught immediately by an introduction from the band, and it never wavered from the start of Sophie’s “I Have a Dream” number, to Donna and the Dynamo’s “Dancing Queen” performance.
Movies require several takes for the actors to master their scenes, but Mamma Mia! The Musical ran without a hitch. The consummate actors played their roles so perfectly that a spectator would miss his or her life if he or she missed even a single scene.
Needless to say, the musical ended with the crowd dancing as if they were at a party. Even after the show ended, the audience were still pleased. The musical brought out a whirlwind of emotions through singing, which people of all ages could relate to. Mamma Mia’s Philippine performance was undeniably special, something spectators will treasure for a long time.