Last week Mamma Mia! returned to Sydney for the “10th Anniversary Tour”.
Friends will know that the first time I saw Mamma Mia! (world premiere, London, 6 April 1999) I hated it, thought it was tacky and pantomime like, thought it would not last more than a few months and would never travel beyond the UK. It seemed a very “British” thing. And I wasn’t the only one.
When Mamma Mia! opened in Melbourne in June 2001 for its first Australasian tour (2001-2005) I saw it again, and either the show had changed or I’d grown accustomed to it, because I didn’t hate it anymore. And it has helped to sell millions more ABBA CDs, DVDs and books, so it can’t be all bad 😉
So now we have a touring version back in Australia. A smaller ensemble and band, but the cast are obviously having a lot of fun on stage, which is quite infectious. Several cast members from the original Australian production have returned to the same roles. Premiere night saw a smattering of local celebrities (Senator Bronwyn Bishop was right behind us, I caught her eye during the encore).