You had me at Abba but you kept me Mamma Mia! 😍
ABBA were formed in 1972. Erm, that’s now 50 years ago! 😮 And across all those years, ABBA’s music has been a force felt around the world.
I was already ABBA’d before I was dancing my butt off to Thank ABBA for the Music when it was released in 1999 (featuring amongst others, my faves Steps 🖤 a much beloved ABBA style group for my generation f’sure).
✨ 1999 also saw the debut performance of Mamma Mia! the romcom musical based on the songs of ABBA. ✨
And it was so successful it spurred more ABBA-NESS.
2008 saw a film adaption of Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Christine Baranski. ABBA’s Benny and Björn make an appearance too!
2018 saw a film sequel with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
And now in 2022 there’s ABBA Voyage in London, a hologram style virtual ABBA concert (sounds so sci-fi-y) and there’s Mamma Mia! The Party (also in London) which according to TikTok users is a must-do event.
And whilst on the subject of TikTok, I can’t even open the app without stumbling over a travel, lifestyle or just darn funny TikTok trend that doesn’t use a slither of an ABBA classic.
So, they might be hitting the big 50 but the power of ABBA is not faltering and there’s so much for fans, new and old, to see and do!
And yeeeeek! Last night I was extremely lucky to check off a huge part of the wish list with seeing Mamma Mia! for the first time on stage at Milton Keynes Theatre.
My date for the evening was a very sparkly Half Pint who along with the rest of the theatre audience sure got the memo to dress abba-ly fabulous!
I wore a puffy sleeve shirt and velvet shorts. It was my best goth meets Abba look.
The musical Mamma Mia! is not an ABBA story btw. I mean its not a biopic on the pop group.
It’s a cleverly written story around a mother and a daughter, a greek wedding and three possible father of the brides! 😮😂 All perfectly encompassed by the ABBA hits.
You already know the soundtrack for Mamma Mia! is gonna be good but the story is great too. Its feel-good, very emotional in places and in others, its just darn funny. The perfect combination for an enjoyable and entertaining evening at the theatre.
Last nights show which was the opening night and press night for Milton Keynes on the Mamma Mia! UK Tour and what a start!
I particularly loved The Winner Takes It All sung by the mum, Donna (played by Sara Poyzer) who sung it to her actual real life husband Richard Standing, who starred alongside her as Sam Carmichael!! I was close to tears. 🖤 Sooo emotional.
Also, shoutout to the daughter in the story Sophie who sung so beautifully. 😍
It’s an enjoyable show for all ages. I went with Half Pint (aged 8) and I saw other guests (guesstimating) ranging from 8 to 80+.
And when everyone, regardless of age is on their feet or clapping and bopping at the end of the show, well, that’s proof of the pudding.
Thank you for the music and the musical. 🖤
Mamma Mia! is at Milton Keynes Theatre Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 August 2022
Tickets were kindly gifted by Milton Keynes Theatre but they have zero control over what I post, or say about the performance – that’s all me! Thank you for your support. 🖤