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Mamma Mia! Review [Mar. 24th, 2008|10:26 am]
Lanette
It was fun. It made me smile. It is not a good play. It really would be a good college play, but it isn't a great Broadway play. Honestly, for the hype and how sold out it gets I expected more. It is fun in the way Menopause: The Musical is fun. It's about 10% story and 90% fun music.

So, if you love Abba music I recommend it. If you love musical theater, go see Wicked, Chicago, Les Mis, or Phantom with your theater dollars.
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2008-03-24 05:34 pm (UTC)
Does Wicked overcome the crappy story that was the book? The husband pushes me to get tix to that, and while I liked the song "Popular" I'm not sure it's enough to actually care about the story to spend the cash to see it. When the book came out a few years ago I was all up on reading it because I loved the concept. But I tried to read it ... several times. I ended up slogging through it but it was one I used as an alternative sleep aid to ambien.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-03-24 05:37 pm (UTC)
I have no idea, I've never read the book. I loved the play. Popular is the worst song in the play I think. Try listening to some of the other ones, but ultimately, if the idea bores you, maybe it isn't the play for you.
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2008-03-24 05:40 pm (UTC)
Probably not then. I'll stick to Avenue Q, which rocked my socks. :)
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[User Picture]From: stephanieanne
2008-03-24 05:46 pm (UTC)
YES IT DOES!! I went in to it very pessimistic, because I had read the book and it was so full of political references, sluggish pacing and a convoluted storyline that I thought I would just get lost, or fall asleep in the theater.

Wicked knocked my socks off!! The politics get snipped down to the rights of talking animals, and the play is full of twists and exciting plays on the Wizard of Oz storyline, humor and great songs and dance numbers. I SO SO SO recommend it. This is probably the only time I would *ever* recommend seeing a play and skipping the book.

PS- all his books sound so interesting...but bore me to tears :(
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2008-03-24 05:48 pm (UTC)
PS- all his books sound so interesting...but bore me to tears :(

I KNOW! Everytime one comes out I grab it and say "wow! This sounds SO AWESOME!" but it ends up being total donkeycock.
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[User Picture]From: stephanieanne
2008-03-24 05:47 pm (UTC)
I loved Mamma Mia :) But then, I love all things Abba, too!
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2008-03-24 05:49 pm (UTC)
ABBA is my secret shame. :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-03-24 05:51 pm (UTC)
I was raised on Abba. I took my Mom and we did love the night. I mean, we agreed it isn't a great play, but it is a great fun time.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-03-24 05:50 pm (UTC)
I love Abba songs, so I had a blast, but I'm glad I didn't pay the big bucks to sit in the front. It's a good one to get the cheap tickets to.
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[User Picture]From: desiraebearden
2008-03-24 06:12 pm (UTC)
I loved Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde as well. I would love to see Wicked or Chicago!
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2008-03-24 06:27 pm (UTC)
I'll keep that in mind when I decide what to see in New York. I may just go see Chicago, as I love all the music. But I also love Abba music.

Eh, it will just depend on what is cheapest and available.
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