Sunday, May 12, 2019

"Mamma Mia!"

Mamma Mia!
Catherin Johnson (Book); Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (Music & Lyrics); Stig Anderson (Additional Songs)

Christine Capsuto-Shulman, Merrill Peiffer & Jacquie McCarley
The sheer joy of this Mamma Mia! is the big-stage quality we as an audience get to enjoy in the intimate, close-up space of the Hillbarn Theatre.  The cast of nineteen dance and sing in all its seventies glory just a few feet away, including often using the aisles around us.  The characters that most of us already know so well from past, live productions or from the Meryl Streep et al 2008 movie now are close enough to allow us to become reacquainted in a much more personal manner.  With a cast that is to a person both talented singing-wise and also able to portray uniquely defined personas that pop with pizzazz and personality, it is no wonder that the audience that clearly came in the door full of buzz and laughter to have a good time exits with grins so wide they hardly fit through the door.

For my full review, please continue to Talkin' Broadway: 

Rating: 4 E

Mamma Mia! continues through May 26, 2019 at Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 East Hillsdale Boulevard.  While all shows are currently sold out, the Box Office is taking requests for Waiting Lists and will call patrons as tickets become available.  Call 650-349-6411 for more information.

Photo Credit: Mark and Tracy Photography

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