MAMMA MIA! UK Tour at the Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Theatre Review

Book: Catherine Johnson

Music and Lyrics: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Musical Supervisor: Martin Koch

Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast

After 18 Years in the West End and an international tour Mamma Mia! Is spinning around the UK filling theatres with a pining audience wanting more.

The plot itself is simple. A young woman has the desire for her dad to come to her wedding. The issue is neither her, her mum or the three potential father’s know who that is.

Where Mamma Mia! succeeds is the intertwining of all of ABBA’s famous hits including  Dancing Queen, VVoulez-Vous andof course, the title song Mamma Mia.While a lot are the upbeat numbers audiences will expect others were unexpectedly powerful such as Donna’s rendition of The Winner Takes It All played by Helen Hobson

While the chemistry between Sophie and Sky played by Lucy May Barker and Phillip Ryan was sufficient, their on-stage romance seemed a little short-lived rather than a match made in heaven. The greatest on-stage chemistry is surprisingly from Tanya and Pepper played by  Emma Clifford and  Louis Stockil in the ensemble number Does Your Mama Know where they bounce off each other and work together to create a believable lust for each other.

Although the plot is weak and at times hashed together, the choreography by Anthony Van Laast is sharp and the laughs keep on coming. Even though this is not the best example of Musical Theatre. with the Abba hits non-stop, this Jukebox Musical has enough to keep the crowd pouring in again and again and again

3_5Stars

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