Review: Iconic Abba music brought to the stage

PUBLISHED: 14:28 30 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:28 30 March 2016

Mamma Mia is at the Bristol Hippodrome until May.

Mamma Mia is at the Bristol Hippodrome until May.

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If you love musicals, or even if you just love Abba, Mamma Mia is a sing-a-long sensation that guarantees to put a smile on your face.

This production follows Sophie Sheridan’s journey to find her true father - one of three loveable rogues from her mother’s past.

Songs from 1970s sensation Abba are expertly intertwined into the heart-warming story, leaving you wondering which hit will make an appearance next.

Just week’s before her wedding, Sophie reads her mum Donna’s diary and invites her three potential fathers to the celebration. in a bid to finally discover ‘who she is.’

As expected, it does not go smoothly with each of the three men working out why their invite suddenly arrived and each wanting to give their ‘daughter’ away.

Lucy May Barker gave a faltless vocal performance and her naivity made her perfect in the lead role. But the real star of the show was Sara Poyzer, who played Donna.

Her rendition of ‘The Winner Takes It All’ was spine-tingling and added an emotive tone to an otherwise brilliantly cheesy performance.

With three dads to choose from, Sophie has the pick of the bunch with an unmistakably camp Londoner, an endearing Australian travel writer and ‘the one that got away’ Sam, who found himself trapped in a loveless marriage.

This musical is full of overly dramatic moments but never takes itself too seriously. Lines such as ‘if you change your mind’ and ‘I don’t wanna talk’ are delivered as dialogue - but it works.

They invited giggles from the audience but it is all part of the appeal and every single person was on their feet for the encore.

This performance got better as it went on, with the second half a real crowd pleaser.

With 22 iconic Abba songs to enjoy, the ensemble numbers set the stage alight, with inch perfect choreography and outlandish outfits.

Musicals are not to everyone’s taste but one thing that this fantastic production does so well is remind you of how truly brilliant Abba are.

Mamma Mia is at Bristol Hippodrome until May 7, with performances at 7.30pm Monday-Saturday and 2.30pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Tickets, priced £15.00 - £54.50, are available from the box office by calling 08448 713012 or online via www.atgtickets.com/bristol

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