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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Mamma Mia!

There’s an international conspiracy that the musical Mammia Mia! (their exclamation mark, not mine) is a Good Thing but I’m not buying into it, no. I saw Mamma Mia! at a theatre in London a couple of years ago and didn’t enjoy it one bit. And I am, as regular readers might know, a huge fan of musical theatre and I’m quite fond of Abba songs too.

But anyway, there, I’ve said it. Mamma Mia! is rubbish. The lead man we saw was (and I hope fans of Eric Morecambe will forgive me for skewing this famous line) singing in the right order, but not with any of the right notes.

“It’s great,” some posh friends told us after they’d been to see it. “We were up dancing.” (They pronounced it darncing). My boyfriend’s mum saw it and loved it. My sister in law loved it so much she went back to see it again. And so, with such hearty recommendations, we went. Andy Gray the football commentator was there with two blonde bits, nieces of his probably, and yes, the three of them were up darncing in their private box. But not me and not my bloke. We just sat, bemused, wondering what all the fuss was about and wishing we’d stayed in and saved the best part of £100 we'd wasted on tickets.

4 comments:

Old Cheeser said...

I kind of agree with you. It's fun, frothy and passes the time, but it ain't no masterpiece. I love ABBA but the way they'd shoehorned the songs into the story was pretty corny. And the plot wasn't all that great either. In fact the whole "three guys who could be my father" thing didn't even get resolved if I so rightly remember.

I got free tickets courtesy of my ex anyway, so I didn't feel particularly cheated. On the other hand, I can understand your annoyance at splurging nearly 100 squid...

Flaming Nora said...

I had free tickets to see Wicked but left at half time, that was another one I didn't enjoy even if Victoria Wood was in the audience on press night when we were there too!

Tvor said...

The new trend of making a musical production out of all the songs of one group/artist leaves me cold. It's not very creative and the storylines are bound to suck. I won't even go to see the Queen one and they're my favourites! Mamma Mia! started it all too. i do like Abba songs and i may see the movie since my mother wants to go but that's a lot cheaper than 100 quid!

Steve said...

I feel very sceptical about it too. And unnerved.

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