Mamma Mia! A Critique

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' Mamma Mia! was thefirst musical that I have ever watched and it was one of the most exciting entertainment that I have ever experienced.Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have integrated their beloved lyrics and music to create a wedding musical about young love and love lost. The musical is set on a tiny Greek island where young Sophie, the bride, has invited three of her mother's (Donna) ex-lovers in order to determine which one of the men is her biological father.It is a simple love story with well-developed characters despite the fact that the real spotlight of this musical is the music and lyrics of ABBA.
The Historic Orpheum Theather, a modern proscenium-stage theater, is the perfect venue for this musical.The cool blue tone lighting designed by Howard Harrison brought to live the atmosphere of sitting on a Greek island surrounded by the ocean.The lighting added depth to the musical as it moved the audience from morning to evening and brought the audience closer to the actors on the stage.It was simple lighting which allowed the audience to focus on the words and emotions of the actors.For the encore, the spotlight turned to the audience in order to engage it in joining the cast in singing and dancing to the forever popular "Dancing Queen" and the musical title, "Mama Mia."
The set designs centered around the inn that Donna runs and where Sophie wedding would take place.The musical scenes were set in the courtyard of the inn, a bedroom, or on a dock leading out to the Mediterranean.The scenes were simple and the costumes, except for the outrageous girl band outfits that Donna and her former band mates wore in the seventies, were simple.The simplicity of the set and the costumes all went along the
theme of showcasing the music of ABBA.Mark Thompson, who was responsible for the produ


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