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'Mamma Mia!' more than an Abba music showcase

By Zaki JufriEvents - 14 November 2014 12:00 PM | Updated 17 November 2014

'Mamma Mia!' more than an Abba music showcase

It may be written to showcase the music by one of pop music’s most iconic bands, but ‘Mamma Mia!’ is more than just a showcase of Abba songs.

“It is many things: a musical, a great love story and has a bit of a mystery as well,” said resident director Nick Evans.

For one thing, there is no mention of Abba at all in the script.

Instead, ‘Mamma Mia!’ tells the story of a young woman Sophie, raised on a Greek island by her mother Donna, and never knowing the identity of her father – until she finds a diary that suggests three possible fathers.

So she invites them all to her wedding without telling her mother or fiance. And as they all (including Donna's two best friends, Tanya and Rosie) gather on the island, the fun begins.

Written by founding Abba members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, with a story by Catherine Johnson, the production is a musical romp through the Swedish pop quartet's chart-topping playlist. 

It opened in London in 1999 and in 2000 in San Francisco, before eventually moving to Broadway in 2001. 

Seen by about 55 million people in 14 languages, the show returns to Singapore for a limited run at the Marina Bay Sands’ MasterCard Theatres. The show last played here in 2005. 

With a stellar cast and crew of more than 60 people from London, ‘Mamma Mia!’ features 28 Abba hits including ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘I Have a Dream’, ‘The Winner Takes It All’, ‘Voulez Vous’ and ‘Super Trouper’. 

It was previously adapted into a feature film in 2008 that starred Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried.


A STORY ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

What makes it so compelling and one of Broadway’s hottest tickets is beacause it has something for everybody. 

“It is based on relationships so that makes it so universal,” said Richard Standing, who plays Sam Carmichael, one of Sophie's possible fathers. 

Sara Poyzer, who plays Donna, said: “What’s great about the production is that the songs are not shoehorned in. They fit in a dramatic storyline.”

She noted that Abba’s music has struck a chord and that the musical has been gaining new audiences in every city they have performed.

“People underestimate pop songs, but Abba’s are all beautifully written – from the melody and the arrangement. That’s what makes them so endearing,” she told inSing. 

Standing added: “What’s great about it in a theatre piece is that they’re all ‘story songs’. Each song tells a different story. People don’t realise that and I think that is very clever.”

'Mamma Mia!' | Date: 13 Nov-14 Dec 2014 | Time: 8pm Tue-Fri, 2pm, 8pm Sat, 1pm, 6pm Sun | Venue: MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue | Tickets: From $95 via Sistic

MAMMA MIA!

MAMMA MIA!

Date Nov 13, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014

VenueMarina Bay Sands - Grand Theatre

Ticket PriceS$95.00 - S$920.00
 (excludes booking fee)