Mamma Mia! The Musical opened at the Canberra Theatre with a bright, bold and refreshed new production of this exuberant musical that delights audiences young and old. We know the story from the delightful rom-com movie adapted from the original 1999 West End stage production with all those memorable ABBA songs and a plot to take you rollicking along as Sophie the bride to be invites the three ‘possible’ fathers to the shindig without telling her mum. Preposterous, but it all works out in the end.
With several previews at the theatre to get this production on track for an Australia wide tour – a good test for Canberra to be a preferred ‘off Broadway’ venue that could see many of the musicals that head straight to the major cities put to the rest with our discerning audiences – this one was a winner.
The official opening night had all the glitz and glamour of a ‘blue’ carpet walk for guests, snappers snapping, plenty of bubbly to imbibe and a glam after party at the QT Ballroom at the other side of London Circuit with ushers to show the way for those who were happy to walk the walk and celebrate the opening. Younger guests, and there were many, faded well before that and the PR team said that no pics were to be taken at that event, so we didn’t. What did they want to hide.