MAMMA MIA! is So. Much. Fun. The songs have you tapping your feet and clapping your hands all the way through, and the family drama leaves you wanting more and wondering what will happen next.
It was a beautiful, PERFECT night for the show last night, and it looks to be a perfect weekend for it, as well.
MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth-longest running show in Broadway history, and one of only five musicals to have played for more than 10 years on Broadway (October 2001-September 2015). The show originated in London’s West End in 1999 and continues there today.
Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.
The musical tells the story of an independent, single mother, Donna Sheridan, who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island. Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends – practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Donna, Sophie has invited three guests of her own. On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, Sophie brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love blooms and old romances are rekindled on a lush island full of possibilities.
The story line, about making a life for yourself, valuing the family you have and wishing for the family you’ve always dreamed of, is led by the timeless music of ABBA (sung by the extremely talented cast). You will laugh out loud, long for these characters to find their way, and sing along. GUARANTEED. To the very, very end, you will have fun.
Tickets for MAMMA MIA! at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $14 to $127. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m.
I was given two tickets to the show for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own (as always).