My goodness what a show!

If you want to be royally entertained, if you want to hear hit after hit, and if you want to sing along for a long time then there is only one place you want to be and that is the theater to see the smash hit musical, Mamma Mia!is currently playing at the Hippodrome Theater in Bristol.

The show is well known to many, eventually becoming a hit film starting with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Julie Walters among others, while the stage version premiered in the West End over 23 years ago and has since sold over 65 million played by people all over the world.

Twenty-year-old Sophie is getting married and living on a remote Greek island with her mother Donna, who runs a small hotel and tavern, but Sophie has never known her father. What she discovers through her mother’s diary is that she has three potential fathers there, but nobody knows which one is the real one, not even Donna.

Sophie, determined to find out the truth, invites all three to her upcoming wedding without telling her mother or the men why they were invited. Meanwhile, Donna has invited old friends (and former bandmates, since they were briefly a girl band, The Dynamics) Rosie and Tanya, and so the fun begins.

The story is told through the songs of ABBA while listening to such hits as honey honey, Chiquitita, dancing queen, Super Trooper, Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie and of course Mamma Mia, each telling their own story and each one a banger, that’s for sure. In fact, over 20 numbers are performed during the show and you’re guaranteed to know them all!

The set design is simple, literally revolving around the tavern, but that doesn’t detract from the show, especially the cast’s contribution, which is energetic throughout. Standout performances that night came from Phoebe Roberts who was a backup Sophie, Helen Anker as the thrice divorced Tanya and of course Sara Poyzer who was superb as Donna. If there were one criticism of the show it would be the sound in the theater, especially during the opening medley on both halves – it was just too loud and not properly balanced and therefore very hard on the ears, but that’s just a minor one point of criticism.

If you’re not on your feet during the show, you’ll end up singing along to the final numbers. A blockbuster of a show and well worth seeing.

Mamma Mia! plays at the Bristol Hippodrome until July 2nd and then tours the UK. You can book tickets by following this link.

For details on future venues and dates, visit the Mamma Mia! site by following this link.

My goodness what a show!

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