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Friday, May 15, 2009

Don't Miss Mamma Mia!

Don't Miss Mamma Mia!

Photo: Courtesy Mamma Mia! National Tour 2008, copyright: Joan Marcus 2008

 Last Tuesday, I attended opening night of Mamma Mia! at a Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall packed with Abba fans.  When the orchestra struck the first roaring note, I knew that this was going to be an exuberant performance.
The story is simply about a daughter, Sophie, who wants to know who her father is so that he can walk her down the aisle at her wedding—to fiancé, Sky.  It sounds sentimental but did I mention that there are three possible dads?  One mother, one daughter and three possible dads are a great recipe for a comedy, and the cast consistently delivered the laughs. The mother’s friends, Rosie and Tanya were standouts for this—played by Kittra Wynn Coomer and Rachel Tyler, respectively.

Of all the scenes, my favorite musical number happened right before Sky and Sophie part for their separate pre-wedding parties.  “Lay All Your Love On Me” had Sky’s male friends donning snorkel masks, fins and wet suits, high-kicking across the stage, singing the chorus “don’t go wasting your emotions,” all to interrupt Sky and Sophie’s mushy love talk. The entire play moves from comedy to drama and back in the wink of an eye.
At the end of the show, once the bows were done and the audience was still giving their standing ovation, the orchestra and cast suddenly burst into song.  They sang “Mamma Mia!” and “Dancing Queen,” as if the play had somehow turned into an Abba concert.  The audience clapped their hands overhead and waved them back and forth to the music, while other people danced—I should have turned on my iPhone lighter app.  Mamma Mia! is definitely a performance—and concert—not to miss. Get your tickets while you can.  
Performances are May 12-30, 2009; Tue-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Tickets range from $40-$85; some discounts available. Purchase at the Blaisdell box office or

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This Kamehameha Schools and UH graduate manages the website for HONOLULU. In her free time she researches Hawaiian genealogy, when she’s not out and about or taking care of her 5-year-old son. She blogs about Honolulu bars, Hawaii nightlife and entertainment.

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