REVIEW: Mamma Mia! at Birmingham Hippodrome

After what has been another challenging week for the performing arts industry with the closing of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, Mamma Mia! brought some much-needed sunshine to its opening week at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Seen by over 65 million people, Mamma Mia is the smash-hit musical with quite the repertoire; after making its debut at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1999, the show trotted its way around the globe, bringing the magic of ABBA to life-long fans and creating new ones with its feel-good storyline.

Many will hear the words Mamma Mia! and instantly think of the smash-hit movie which follows the story of Sophie, who is desperate to find her dad before she ties the knot, the only problem is that she has three possible fathers. One of the many beauties of this show is that whether you’ve seen the film or not, you’re guaranteed a fantastic time that celebrates the world of ABBA like never before.

It’s impossible not to fall in love with this show, from the moment the music starts you’re bathed in the warmth of the Greek sunshine and catapulted into a world filled with some of ABBA’s very best songs. Let me put it this way: if you’ve had a bad day, watching this glorious show would surely brighten your evening, so much so that I’d challenge anyone to watch the whole thing and not feel the smile grow on your face.

The company is utterly sensational, making it incredibly difficult to pick out just who stole the show because each and every cast member gave an outstanding performance that really brought the feel-good factor to the stage – and then some. Crowd-pleasing moments from the movie are ever-present too, including that ‘Does Your Mother Know’ scene between Pepper and Tanya. That being said, I top my hat to both Sara Poyzer (Donna) and Richard Standing (Sam Carmichel), who both gave unforgettable performances with outstanding vocals.

Mamma Mia! runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until May 14. Credit Brinkhoff Moegenburg

What I absolutely loved about this show was not only the energy brought to the stage, but also the fantastic and joyful atmosphere that it created within the audience; tears of laughter, tears of joy and feather boa’s aplenty, there wasn’t a moment that I wasn’t hooked and waiting for a moment where I could finally sing-a-long with Donna and the Dynamos. Equally, emotional elements are beautifully created, especially the gorgeous mother/daughter relationship between Donna and Sophie.

An utter crowd-pleaser from beginning to end, there’s no way you can resist a trip to see Mamma Mia! at Birmingham Hippodrome, catch it while you can for a little bit of sunshine!

Mamma Mia! runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until May 14. Click here to book tickets.

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