I love theatre but if I have to be honest I am not fond of musicals, especially in their translated versions (only English please!). Nevertheless sometimes I enjoy a good one: Jesus Christ Superstar was epic for example and I would have watched it over and over again!
When my friends proposed to see Mamma Mia!, finally arriving in Milan straight from the London West End after the great success all over the world, I couldn’t say no; the main reason? The ABBA soundtrack! Mamma Mia! was created after the idea of Judy Craymer who based it on the ABBA music, mixing their songs with a beautiful story full of true values (friendship, family, love) and happening in a Greek island. It was written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band, involved in the development of the show from the beginning.
No need to say that we spent the night singing out loud and taking pictures pretending to be the trio of the musical! We are a well packed trio of old ladies!!! The cast is amazing with great voices, the colors and beauty of the imaginary island are captivating and there is a lot of fun but the soundtrack makes it all! (My friend would say that the young boys too…she is a real Tanya!)
Anyway, if you want to live the same 70’s inspired experience I strongly recommend you to put on an ABBA cd (better a vinyl!) and the vintage magic is done! The Swedish group who was very popular during the 70’s inspired several musicals and movies and was considered one of the most successful band and best-selling artists ever, now you can just remember why! The musical includes such hits as Super Trouper, Lay All Your Love on Me, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take a Chance on Me, Thank You for the Music, Money, Money, Money, The Winner Takes It All, Voulez-vous, SOS and of course Mamma Mia!