Mamma Mia is one of my all time favorite musicals. The play and then the movie are based on the music of ABBA, a popular group from Sweden. The title was taken from their 1975 top of chart hit Mamma Mia.
As a young adult in the 70’s I listened to all kinds of music. I always liked ABBA, as their music is just so lively and uplifting, how can you ever forget “Dancing Queen” Their music just gives me that all over good feeling every time I hear it.
The Broadway musical hit the theaters in 1999, and since then has played in 40 countries in all 6 continents. Mamma Mia came to Toronto in 2000, and in 2003 we finally got there to see it. Since we live in Western New York, Toronto is only a three hour drive; we got tickets and made a weekend out of it. Watching the show live was amazing; the music was so fantastic, I didn’t want it to end.
The movie was released in 2008 staring Meryl Streep, and Pierce Brosnan. We have a copy of the movie, and the sound track on CD; we like to listen to it when we travel. Mamma Mia is such a feel good pick me up movie, the music of ABBA and the performances are outstanding.
The story is about Donna, and her daughter Sophie living on a Greek island. Sophie is soon to be married, and would like to have her father walk her down the isle, but she has no idea who he is. After sneaking into her mother’s old diary she finds three possibilities from her mother’s younger days. Sophie invites all three men to the island for her wedding signing her mother’s name, in hope she will recognize her father right away. You’ll have to see the movie to find out what chaos this causes.
If you haven’t seen Mamma Mia, and enjoy the upbeat music of ABBA, take a peek as every scene in the movie is ABBA’s best.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. SAM MONACO