Thursday, July 21, 2011

Broward Center: Mama Mia (reviews)

The national tour of Mama Mia! opened a one week run at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on July 19, 2011.
On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World's No.1 Show!
Christine Dolen reviewed for The Miami Herald:
...the thing about Mamma Mia! , a worldwide smash that has been running on Broadway for nearly 10 years and more than 4,000 performances. At this point, you aren’t going just to see a hit musical; you’re going for an almost-interactive experience, partying to a jukebox smash and becoming part of the show.
The performers do justice to all those blasts from the past: Super Trouper, Take a Chance on Me, S.O.S. and, yes, Dancing Queen. Tuckerman is a boyishly slim Donna, a belter with a curious quirk: Her voice almost disappears in her low register. Tucker brings a pop sweetness to Sophie, but she and the actresses playing her bridesmaids squeal and giggle as though they were auditioning for the next High School Musical.

Not that the party-hearty crowd dancing in the aisles at the end of the show gives a hoot about how Mamma Mia!, which has grossed more than $2 billion around the world, might be even better. Spandex, goofiness, boas and all, they like it just the way it is.
Laura Souto Laramee reviewed wrote for The Palm Beach Post:
Mamma Mia may be as uplifting and joyous as you heard, but it’s not just the songs that make this musical.
Tuckerman is sensational; her most powerful performance takes place in Act 2, where she belts out an inspiring solo on The Winner Takes It All.
Two other superb characters are Donna’s best friends Tanya (Alison Ewing) and Rosie (Mary Callanan), who combine with Donna to make up the trio “The Dynamos” and wear the best costumes of the night (although the men have a pretty good comeback in the finale...)
Ron Levitt reviewed for ENV Magazine:
With great fanfare, Mamma Mia! once again had a big opening night and ticket sales are red hot for this road show production which only  runs through  Sunday, July 24.
Kaye Tuckerman as the mother and Chloie Tucker as the daughter emerge as Broadway-caliber performers with beautiful voices. Mary Callanan and Alison Ewing (as mama’s two pals) vocalize well and get the most laughs in this simple but stylish production; and the three potential fathers –Tony Clement (who took over the role only  days ago when another actor fell ill), Paul Deboy and John Michael  Zuerlein – hit the mark completely. Happy Mahaney as the groom-to-be, is notable for his enthusiasm and charm.  In fact, the entire ensemble of 30 is noteworthy for their gusto and choreographic skills.
Mama Mia! plays through Sunday, July 24th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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