Mamma Mia! Ah… the musical which brought me to Santorini, after watching the ever-amazing Meryl Streep belting out “The Winner Takes It All” against a dramatic landscape. Which also led me to do the same at a similar cliff at Santorini.
Right. I know I am dramatic that way.
When I was in London in 2008, I didn’t get the chance to watch Mamma Mia! on Broadway, since it was the peak season and almost everything was sold out. So when I discovered the theater district in New York, it was a no-brainer for me to get one of the best seats at Winter Garden for the coveted show.
And what a show it was! Mamma Mia! on stage is every bit as good as on the silver screen. The punch lines, the choreography, the emotional intensity differ slightly from the movie version, but in a very good way. I identified with many of the moments which made me love the movie so much in the first place, and to watch it onstage, live, was a moving experience indeed.
Did I tear? And you have to ask? Of course I did!
Particularly commendable were Donna Sheridan’s rendition of The Winner Takes It All and the talented actor who played Sam Carmichael (so very different from Pierce Brosnan’s in the movie), whom can actually sing. But the real character which stole the show was undeniably Rosie; funny, eccentric and totally hilarious.
At the end of the show was a plea to the audience to support the charity benefiting patients and families suffering from AIDS. For forty bucks I bought a signed poster from the show; but the silly me left that behind at my mum’s place in New Jersey, so I don’t have a photo to show of it.
Will update this post when I get back the poster from mum :P
Click here for more photos taken during my Day 2 in New York City.