THE ESSEN­TIALS

Cockburn Gazette - - MUSICAL -

com.au Mamma Mia! the Mu­si­cal Crown Theatre Perth from May 15 www.tick­et­mas­ter.

22 of ABBA’s great­est hits, in­clud­ing Thank You For The Mu­sic, Danc­ing Queen, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and Su­per Trouper.

Sten­lake schools Pierce Bros­nan in how he should have per­formed SOS in the film ver­sion, while Westaby and Gar­diner reach great com­edy heights in their re­spec­tive Does Your Mother Know and Take A Chance On Me.

Mahy is the per­fect level of heart-throb and sup­port­ive fi­ance, while his per­for­mance in Lay All Your Love On Me is to be com­mended, de­spite the highly amus­ing, flip­per-filled dis­trac­tion be­ing per­formed by the tal­ented en­sem­ble sur­round­ing him.

The mu­si­cal is packed with strong fe­male char­ac­ters, none more so than Donna, and O’Don­nell plays the role with heart­felt emo­tion and devo­tion, mak­ing spine-tin­gling mo­ments with her per­for­mances of Slipping Through My Fin­gers and The Win­ner Takes It All.

With a film se­quel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, sched­uled for re­lease in July, it is the ideal time to say I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do to this mu­si­cal beauty.

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