I love a musical, along with many of us. The spectacle, the atmosphere, the drama, the moves and the invitation to join in with songs we know, a giggle, a laugh, maybe a tear or two as emotional tales unfold. Musicals are pure entertainment, escapism, and good for the soul.
After months in darkness, the stage is now set, the costumes fitted, the drumrolls ready and the microphones in position. Life on the stage is back. Mamma Mia! has returned and is back in town at the Novella Theatre hosting the fun, the music and the energy. So, get ready for dancing and bopping to Abba’s greatest hits. Seek out those shimmery bellbottoms, white knee-high boots, onesie suits with tassels and frills around the arms, wrists and ankles and topped, if you wish, with a wig or floppy hat, for this sunny, romantic and uplifting show.
Since premiering in London’s West-End back in 1999, this smash-hit musical has been seen live on stage by 65 million people across the world and turned into two record-breaking movies – MAMMA MIA! The Movie and MAMMA MIA! Here We Go Again. MAMMA MIA! has been seen in 50 productions in 16 different languages and even became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China in 2011. MAMMA MIA! originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999, before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004, and then to the Novello Theatre in 2012. The London production of MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 9 million people, played over 8,500 performances and has broken box office records in all three of its London homes.
To promote and honour its comeback, a gala performance was staged within the stunning grounds of Harewood House which spreads over 100 acres of themed gardens landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. The stately home, built between 1759 and 1771, provided the perfect backdrop for the audience of friends and family gatherings, clustered together on colourful rugs and around cool boxes and wicker hampers spilling with goodies and no doubt Yorkshire favourites such as Wensleydale cheese, pies and puddings to accompany those flutes of bubbly and bottles of beer. A scene so quintessentially English. And amidst them, sightings of ABBA lookalikes, dressed in glittery shorts and shiny outfits, looking just the part.
This performance, MAMMA MIA! live on stage, was the first time it has ever been performed as an open-air show. It didn’t disappoint. It propelled us back to our theatre-going, fun-loving days. Exhilarating and enthralling, it captivated us with its colour, vitality and exuberance. Super Trouper, Dancing Queen, Money Money, Money, Thank You For The Music were just some of the songs attracting an enthusiastic audience chorus.
So, if you are looking for that feelgood factor, a boost to wellbeing, then look no further than the
theatre as a remedy and a journey forward now the stage curtains have lifted and the doors to the arts have reopened.
MAMMA MIA! has opened at London’s West End’s Novello Theatre and is scheduled for regional performances from Leicester to Llandudno, Sunderland to Sheffield, and even Dubai. Check out the dates and venues for the MAMMA MIA! live on stage international tour at www.mamma-mia.com/
About MAMMA MIA
With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast.
MAMMA MIA! is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.