MAMMA MIA! Melbourne Review

There was a great atmosphere at the Mamma Mia! opening last night. A real buzz in the audience. No matter what else you may expect from a musical theatre performance, Mamma Mia! is one show that will always be fun, and last night was no exception. The production team of Director Gary Young, Musical Supervisor Stephen Amos, Musical Director Michael Azzopardi and Choreographer Tom Hodgson did a fantastic job in bringing the story to vibrant life.

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Mamma Mia! the Musical Melbourne Review

Currently playing at the Princess Theatre, it’s now time for Melbourne to experience the 2009 theatre incarnation of Catherine Johnson’snovel (or to some extent the 2008 film) Mamma Mia which revolves around a young woman called Sophie (Sarah Morrison) who is marrying her soulmate Sky (Stephen Mahy) on a Greek Island. So while Sophie plans for her wedding, she realises that something is missing and that is her father and although she was raised by a loving devoted single-mother called Donna (Natalie O’Donnell), she never knew who her father was.

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Mamma Mia! The film and musical stage production arrive together

A new production of Mamma Mia! opens this week in Melbourne, as part of an Australian tour that has been met with critical praise. It’s earned a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Musical, while choreographer Tom Hodgson and performers Natalie O’Donnell and Ian Stenlake are also up for awards.

Mamma Mia! was the first stage musical Sarah Morrison saw as a kid in 2001. “It was just me and my mum. I have a brother but it was like a treat, me and my mum going to the theatre.” She was vaguely familiar with Abba, having grown up with mum occasionally playing the band’s album Gold. “But I don’t think I understood just how famous their music was, is, will continue to be. I remember looking around and not quite understanding exactly how everyone in the audience knew all the words.”

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Original Mamma Mia! The Musical star Natalie O’Donnell hands the torch to rising star Sarah Morrison

WHEN Natalie O’Donnell left auditions for Mamma Mia! last year, she went home with a prediction to share with her husband and fellow theatre star, Simon Gleeson.

“I clearly remember doing a scene with Sarah (Morrison) in the audition and I had no idea which way it would go but I said to Simon ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if they went with Sarah’,” O’Donnell says.

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The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industryThe Awards recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors including musicals, contemporary music, comedy, opera and classical music, theatre, ballet, dance and physical theatre, presentations for children, regional touring and cabaret.


MAMMA MIA! The Musical has been nominated for the following:





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The hype surrounding the latest touring rendition of Mamma Mia! The Musical is every bit warranted

After acclaimed stints in Brisbane and most recently Sydney, the cast felt at home on the stage in Perth, with Queensland talent Sarah Morrison (portraying lead Sophie Sheridan), on-point from the moment she stepped into the spotlight and serenaded the audience with the prologue, one of only a few intimate numbers throughout an action-packed, bright and fun evening.

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Mamma Mia! The Musical To Put A Smile On Your Face

Strange as it may seem considering I was around for the very start of the ABBA phenomenon and can remember the event that was the arrival of any new music from the group, last night, I heard some of the 22 songs included in Mamma Mia! The Musical, now showing at Crown Theatre Perth, for the first time.

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Mamma Mia actors urge Perth to take a chance on their show

Stephen Mahy lives out his buck’s party every night on stage — and everyone is invited. The WAAPA- trained actor stars as Sky in ABBA-inspired spectacular Mamma Mia!, which brings the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi to Crown Theatre from tomorrow.

The musical revolves around Sky’s nuptials to Sophie, so the bachelor bash is a pivotal event and the cast had the chance to re-create the hijinks at Cottesloe beach yesterday.

“It feels like we have been chasing summer — we arrived in Perth after playing in Sydney and it’s 30C,” Mahy said.

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Sam Hooper is flying high in Mamma Mia!

Audiences love the musical Mamma Mia. Jam packed with ABBA songs, it’s the musical everyone is ready to sing and dance along to, and this month a new production is playing at the Crown Theatre.

Sam Hooper, who plays Pepper in Mamma Mia, chatted to us about the fun role and how this musical is dramatically different to the other shows he’s been in.

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Interview with Ian Stenlake of Mamma Mia! The Musical

Award-winning actor Ian Stenlake stars as Sam Carmichael, one of (lead character) Sophie’s unsuspecting Dads in Mamma Mia! The Musical.

Ian has sustained an extensive career in television over the years, including starring roles in Sea Patrol (as Lieutenant Commander Mike Flynn), as well as regular stints in Stingers, Murder Call, and Dance Academy.

Theatre, too, is close to Stenlake’s heart, having appeared in Cabaret, Guys and DollsOklahoma and, most recently, Around the World in 80 Days.

Cream catches up with the man to talk all things ABBA and acting.

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