Are you ready to dance and sing your heart out to the timeless tunes of ABBA?
“MAMMA MIA!” is back in Singapore this October 2023 for a limited season, and it’s a show you won’t want to miss.
“MAMMA MIA!” is the brainchild of producer Judy Craymer, who ingeniously brought the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs to life on stage. Set on a picturesque Greek island, the musical tells the sunny and funny tale of a mother, a daughter, and three potential dads. The show’s popularity in Singapore has been unwavering, having previously graced our shores in 2014 and 2018, making it a beloved classic for audiences of all ages.
The English-language International Tour premiered in Dublin in 2004 and has since visited 41 countries, delivering more than 3,500 shows to over 7 million people. “MAMMA MIA!” has even left its mark in Broadway history, where it ran for a record-breaking 14 years, becoming the 8th longest-running show. Notably, in 2011, it became the first Western musical to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China, showcasing its universal appeal.
The narrative unfolds through the enchanting melodies of over 22 of ABBA’s greatest hits, including classics like “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Does Your Mother Know,” and, of course, the titular track, “Mamma Mia”. These songs fuel the musical’s love, laughter, and friendship story, making it impossible not to tap your feet and sing along.
The musical’s popularity extended to the silver screen with “MAMMA MIA!” The Movie became the highest-grossing live-action musical film upon its 2008 release. A sequel, “MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN”, opened in 2018 and is the most successful live musical movie sequel ever. This cinematic success attests to the enduring charm of ABBA’s music and the captivating storytelling of “MAMMA MIA!”
Behind the Scenes
The magic of “MAMMA MIA!” wouldn’t be possible without its talented team. Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus set the stage for a captivating experience. The musical is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. Mark Thompson’s impressive set design, coupled with Howard Harrison’s lighting design and Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken’s sound design, create a visual and auditory spectacle. Martin Koch’s musical supervision and additional material & arrangements ensure the music’s authenticity.
“MAMMA MIA!” is a high-energy extravaganza that promises a night of pure entertainment. With its fabulous costumes, humour, and iconic music, it’s a show that’ll have you tapping your toes and singing along. Some parts of the show are wonderfully campy, like the snorkelers dressed in purple and the mom and her posse, adding extra fun and energy to the performance.
If you plan to attend the show with your children, it is recommended for kids aged 4 and above. Like in the movie, younger kids may not fully understand the story but can still enjoy the timeless songs. Older children will appreciate the story more, making it a fantastic family outing. You can be assured that there is nothing inappropriate for children aged 4 and above, making it a perfect family-friendly experience.
In summary, “MAMMA MIA!” is a heartwarming and energetic production that continues to captivate audiences around the world. Its enduring appeal, combined with the magic of ABBA’s music, makes it a show that’s perfect for a memorable night out with your loved ones.
If you’re eager to catch this spectacular show, here are the details you need:
- Performance Season: 19 October to 5 November 2023
- Performance Venue: Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
- Performance Times (Singapore Time):
- Tuesdays to Thursdays: 8pm
- Fridays: 8pm
- Saturdays: 2pm & 8pm
- Sundays: 1pm & 6.30pm
- Performance Duration: 150 minutes, including a 20-minute intermission