Mamma Mia Review

Ryan Alger 3.10.2019
This is a Mamma Mia! poster at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway (Photo: Broadway Tour).

The Grandview High School recently performed the musical Mamma Mia! however some of you may have missed this performance with it’s three day time frame. So you may be wondering what Mamma Mia! is all about. So let’s take a look a the film made in 2008.

Let’s look at the story of Mamma Mia! which is simple yet engaging. It starts off with the main character Sophie and her two friends looking over her mother's diary and finding out that there are three men that could be her father. We are then immediately thrown over the deep end when Sophie says she’s invited all three of them to her wedding that’s happening in just a few days.

Upon the threes arrival Sophie meets them all and admits that she invited them all and that they should wait to meet Donna, Sophie’s mother. However she ends up immediately meeting them. And thinking Sophie hasn’t met them yet tries to hide them from her so the wedding can go off without a hitch.

So for the rest of the musical these five try to figure out what's going. Sophie trying to find out which of three is her dad. Donna wanting to know why the three come during the wedding after so many years. And the three men trying to find out what’s going on. All this is happening while the marriage creeps ever closer.

Then at the wedding everything comes to a climax. With the simple question of if the father of the bride would stand up, there's a moment of silence and suddenly the three stand and walk to the front all accepting together to be Sophie's father.

Then at the wedding everything comes to a climax. With the simple question of if the father of the bride would stand up, there's a moment of silence and suddenly the three stand and walk to the front all accepting together to be Sophie's father.

A wax statue of ABBA band in the ABBA Museum (Photo: Graham C99).

Now a musical isn’t musical without music and in Mamma Mia’s case that couldn't be truer. All the songs in Mamma Mia come from the band ABBA and each one of them is jam packed with joy and happiness. This leading to the feeling that no matter what was happening just a few seconds ago no matter how insane it was, would be alright. And it’s this sheer overload of joy that more than anything else characterizes this musical.

In fact it’s astonishing that the music can take a moment that otherwise would have been boring and elevate it to the position of one of the best scenes of the movie. The music also ties in incredibly well with pacing, while the story usually rushes forward whenever the pace would slow down the music never failed to pick up and launch the show foreword.

With the movie in the state that it is, I would definitely say a night at Grandview heights high school watching one of the Mamma Mia performances would definitely have been a well spent night.