Prince Edward, Old Compton Street, W1V 6HS. Tel: +44 (0)20 7447 5400.
Nearest tube: Leicester Square / Tottenham Court Road. Running until 21st October 2000. „
I recently went to London and had decided to go and see a show but wasn?t sure what to see I was hoping that we may be able to get tickets for The Lion King as a friend had been to see it and loved it but I wasn?t particularly bothered. Before I went I was fortunate to stumble upon a review which included information about the TKTS ticket booth in Leicester Square. Normally I just go straight to the theatre and buy full price tickets, but after reading this review I decided it would be worth visiting if there was a chance that we could get some decent tickets discounted. When we got to the TKTS booth in Leicester Square there was no queue which was nice so we went straight up the counter and asked what tickets were available for the Lion King. Unfortunately they only had full price tickets left which cost about £45. Being on a budget I decided to see what cheap tickets were available. I couldn?t believe my luck when the chap told us there were two returns for Mamma Mia at £22 each. I didn?t know anything about this musical except that it was the one with the Abba songs in it but we agreed that it was worth the risk as the tickets seemed too good to turn down. The show started at 7:30 at the Prince Edward Theatre so we turned up at 7:20 where we were surprised to be told our bags had to be searched. Apparently it was a bomb safety precaution. Anyway once that was out the way we took our seats. I couldn?t really have asked for better seats. There are three floors to the theatre as well as the royal boxes. We were right in the centre at the top row of the first floor and the view was perfect. I couldn?t help feeling rather smug when I noticed that the couple next to us had paid the full £37.50 for their tickets.
7;hen the curtain opened I thought the set was rather minimalist but as the show progressed I thought it actually worked very well. I?m not going to explain the whole show as that would basically ruin it for anyone who wanted to see it but I?ll give you a brief synopsis of the plot. (If you don?t want to know skip the next paragraph.) Sophie Sherridan is about to get married to her fiancé Sky but is bothered by the fact that she doesn?t know who her father is. She wants to find out so that she can invite him to the wedding and so he to give her away. In a bid to discover who he is, she reads her mother Donna?s diary from the year that she was conceives and discovers that her mother slept with 3 men in the time that she could have been conceived. She invites all three of them to the tiny Greek island thinking that she will know her own father as soon as she sees him but she doesn?t. We never actually do find out who the father is but there are hilarious consequences leading up to the wedding. I won?t give any more details as I think it would ruin the show itself really. Abba songs are entwined into the script and most flow smoothly from script to song seamlessly. At the end the cast also perform a few of the most popular numbers to a choreographed dance. The choreography was excellent to all the songs and I thought the dancing was very impressive. Singing was strong especially from Louise Plowright (Donna) who has a fantastic voice. She sounds superb in The Winner Takes It All. The songs which feature in the musical in alphabetical order are; Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Honey Honey, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, I Have A Dream, Knowing Me Knowing you, Lay
5;ll Your Love On Me, Mamma Mia, Money Money Money, One Of Us, Our Last Summer, Slipping Through My Fingers, SOS, Super Trouper, Take A Chance On Me, Thank You For The Music, The Name Of The Game, The Winner Takes It All, Under Attack and Voulez-vous, so I don?t think they?ve left out any of the popular ones. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this show. The plot would be weak without the Abba songs but it does make you laugh especially the cheesy way the script flows into the songs. I went for the singing and dancing anyway so I?m not complaining. It was written by Catherine Johnson who worked closely with Benny and Bjorn from Abba on the script. It is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and the choreography is by Anthony Van Laast, I think that deserves a mention as it is extremely good. The show premiered at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6th April 1999 and I?m sure it will continue running for a good few years yet as it is very entertaining and ultimately a really feel-good show. If you are thinking of going be sure to try and get some discounted tickets before buying the full price ones. Performance times are Monday-Thursday 7:30pm, Friday 5pm & 8:30pm, Saturday 3pm & 7:30pm. The Prince Edward Theatre is fairly easy to find. It is situated at the junction of Old Crompton Street and Greek Street in Soho next to the nightclub G.A.Y. It took us about 5 minutes to walk there from Oxford Street. The performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes. Well worth seeing a thoroughly enjoyable night out and a must-see if you like Abba. If you want to find ou
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Dooyoo like Abba? I Doo I Doo I Doo I Doo I Doo I Doooo! And if you go to see this musical you will love it. The tickets were a surprise gift to me just before Christmas. Hubby managed to get return tickets, very lucky as the show is booked up right until September 2001. Knowing that Abba have a huge gay fan base I expected to see many flamboyantly dressed people in the audience. I was a little worried about what to wear, my wardrobe is sadly a little lacking in 70s spangly outfits. I had to make do with my usual boring black, but managed to find a purple feather boa to wrap around my neck. Not much I know, but looks like I've made a bit of an effort I thought. Alas, when we arrived there seemed to be mainly people dressed in black, and a lot of families with children there and not a spangly bit of lycra in sight other than on the stage, there I'm pleased to report there was plenty of glitz. Later a reliable gay friend informed me that any self-respecting gay person went to see this musical in the first week, and now it is mainly families from Reading and St Albans who make up the audience. I think he's probably right. However, don't let a dull audience put you off going. This musical is fantastic. The story is fairly corny, basically a girl called Sophie is getting married on a Greek Island where her mother owns a taverna. Sophie doesn't know who her father is, and on reading her mother's old diary, finds that there are 3 possibilities, so unbeknown to her mother she invites all of them to her wedding. It seem corny on purpose, and the musical isn't afraid to laugh at itself. All the old favourite Abba songs are worked into the story: Dancing Queen, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Lay All Your Love On Me etc along with a few lesser known ones: Under Attack and Our Last Summer. At the end of the musical, the cast very kindly treat us to a medley of Abba songs, some of which were not include
d in the actual storyline, Waterloo for example. The audience is encouraged to start dancing - the night I was there, it took a while to get that particular audience going, but eventually old and young alike were dancing in the aisles. This was the best surprise night out I have ever had. I soon forgot my worries about us leaving our 4.5 month old baby with a babysitter for only the second time since he was born as I was so caught up with the musical. If you can get tickets, go and see this musical.
You Can Dane, You can Jive, Having the time of your life by going to see this top musical! I have seen this show twice, yes twice, the show is that good! On a sleepy Greek Island, a wedding is about to take place. Mamma Mia is a stunning musical based on the songs of ABBA. ABBA's songs blend really well into the show, if you know the songwords, you'll be singing along and tapping your feet in time to the upbeat music of this show. Sophie, an only child is set to marry the man of her dreams Sky. Little to her Mum's knowledge she finds out that she has 3 fathers and invites them along to the wedding. This show is agreat and will have you dancing in the aisles! Corking stuff!! Highky recommended to all ABBA and non ABBA fans alike.
Do you get nostalgic for the days of glam rock? Does spandex and white lycra send shivers down your spine? Do you have masses of lipgloss and blue eye shadow you need to use up? If the answer to one of the above is yes, or if you simply want to have a great fun night out then you MUST see Mamma Mia. The paper thin storyline is just an excuse to do some brilliantly choreographed set pieces to most of the best tunes of the most famous thing to come out of Sweden before Ikea. Some of the links to ABBA tunes are groaningly corny (watch out for chiquitita...)But the show, and the encore will literally leave you rocking in the aisles. If you have an ounce of fun in your body, take it to see this show, I promise you will not be disappointed
As an Abba fan of many years standing, I was thrilled when my husband bought tickets for Mamma Mia! as a surprise birthday present. I knew it wasn't the story of Abba, in fact I didn't know anything about it apart from that it featured their music. The story is set on a Greek island and the main event is the forthcoming wedding of a young girl called Sophie to her boyfriend Sky. Sophie lives with her mum Donna who runs a taverna, and while thinking about her wedding Sophie discovers an old diary of Donna's and cannot resist reading it. She has never known who her father is, and on reading the diary Sophie finds out that there are three possibilities - Sam, Bill and Harry. On impulse she send them all an invitation to her wedding, pretending her mother sent them. Needless to say, they all accept! Two of Donna's friends, Rosie and Tanya, also arrive on the island for the forthcoming marriage. The three of them used to be in a group back in the 70's called Donna and the Dynamos(!) and they have great fun reminiscing and singing into their hairbrushes! Sophie's hen night arrives and she manages to catch Sam, Bill and Harry separately and quizzes them a little about the past to see if she can discover which one is her dad. This is done very effectively, on a dance floor to the beat of "Gimme Gimme Gimme". Each possible dad has his moment in the spotlight; Sam sings "SOS" with Donna, Bill performs "The Name of the Game" with Sophie, and Harry sings probably my favourite Abba song, the lesser-known and reflective "Our last Summer" with Donna. One of my favourite parts of the show is when Donna helps Sophie to dress on her wedding day, and sings a really poignant song called "Slipping through my fingers" while brushing her daughter's hair. It's about how quickly the time passes and how we somehow don't get around to doing all the things we planned to wit
h our loved ones. It brought tears to my eyes and I had to swallow hard a few times! I won't reveal any more, suffice it to say that Mamma Mia! is a fantastic show and I guarantee you'll have a great time. Both the cast and audience have a ball. I've seen it twice and would go again tomorrow. This show opened at the Prince Edward theatre in London on 6th April 1999, exactly 25 years to the day that Abba won the Eurovision Song Contest with "Waterloo". Was that to be an omen for its future success? Almost 2 years later it would seem so as it's still playing to packed houses. In my opinion, it's a show that will run and run. Go and see it, if you're lucky enough to get a ticket!