I took a girl friend to see Mamma Mia at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on opening night. We had so much fun! What was surprising was how many ABBA songs I could actually sing along too. Halfway through the show, my friend says, “Oh I did see this movie!” Yeah, I said, “It starred Meryl Streep.” When you really think about it, the songs don’t make sense in the context of the story but they are okay enough and made to fit, and come on, with those costumes, so much fun!
When I was a kid, my friends and I would turn song titles of our favorite bands into parts of a narrative or letter or everyday speech. For example, “I’m going to meet my friend Rio at the beach on the New Moon on Monday.” You get the point. That’s what “Mamma Mia” the musical is like.
So the story of Mamma Mia about a young girl on a Greek island seeking the identity of her father on her wedding day may be a bit of a stretch, but there’s no denying the songs are so much FUN to listen to, dance to and sing along with….
We couldn’t help but be sucked into Donna and Sophie Sheridan’s world! Betsy Padamonsky, who plays Donna, has a powerful voice and she shines when singing with her best friends and former back-up singers Rosie (played by Sarah Smith) and Tanya (Cashelle Butler).
At the end of the show, everyone is up on their feet and singing along, channeling the spirit of “The Dancing Queen” – you can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life! Mamma Mia is definitely a celebration of family and a love for ABBA.
Mamma Mia runs November 22-27, 2016 at Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. For tickets and more information, visit scfta.org or call 714-556-2787