This past weekend I finally got to give my Mum her Christmas present - tickets to see Mamma Mia at the Liverpool Empire. I’ve been itching to go ever since I bought them last year and we’ve both been counting down the days since I told her about them on Christmas until showtime!
Mammia Mia has been on stage since April 1999, having toured in over 400 major cities and been seen by well over 54 million people; that’s more people than the entire population of Spain! In 2008 the musical hit the silver screen, and is still the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time! And, set to some of the best known, most sing-a-long-able Abba songs, who wouldn’t want to see this smash hit?
Set on an idyllic little Greek island, this show has one of the smallest sets I’ve ever seen on the Empire. Small or not, the energy of the cast fills the stage with every number. It’s not about the props, it’s about the music and oh me oh my does it blow you away! The cast, which turned out to be about 80% of ex-Corrie stars blew me away, especially Sara Poyzer, (Donna), and her best friends; Sue Devaney (Rosie) and Shobna Gulati (Tanya). Richard Standing (Sam), Mark Jardine (Harry) and Michael Beckley (Bill) made quite the threesome, and the chemistry and fun between all 6 came across by the truck load, you can instantly tell they’ve been having fun on this tour!
For those who don’t know, Mamma Mia follows the story of Sophie Sheridan, Donnas 20 year old daughter who is about to walk down the aisle and marry her Prince Charming, Sky. She wants her wedding to be perfect, with all the bells and lace, and she wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The problem? Well, she’s never met her father! After reading her mothers diary from the time she fell pregnant with Sophie, she finds out she has three possible fathers; Sam, Harry and Michael. She invites them all to her wedding, in the hope that she will recognise her biological father instantly, all without her mother finding out. Once the three men arrive on the island, memories or summers past, lost loves and questions about how they all feel now come right to the surface in a sing-a-long, laugh-out-loud ride!
Some of my favourite numbers included; Does your Mother know.Shobna Gulati’s performance as the three times married ‘cougar’ taunting and teasing the younger men of the island had me crying with laughter - and the three guys stripping off on stage wasn’t half bad either! Sara Poyzers rendition of The Winner Takes it All had me close to tears and Sue Devaneys duet with Michael Beckley, Take a Chance on Me still makes me giggle when I think about it now!
Whether you’re an Abba fan or not, you have to see this show! It’s such a feel good all round show, everyone left the theatre with a smile on their face. The mini sing-a-long at the end had the entire theatre up on their feet clapping and dancing along, it was such an energetic and contagious atmosphere!
What’s your favourite Abba song? Go on, you can tell me, we all have one! Let me know in the comments below!