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Wed, 10 Nov 2004

Mamma Mia! / Original Cast
A few years back I was making regular trips to London for business. (Ah, those were the days.) And I took full advantage of the city, especially the options for live theater. (As opposed to the dead kind.) On one trip I discovered this wonderful musical called Return to the Forbidden Planet. Like the movie, it was based on The Tempest. And like the movie, it used 50s sci-fi trappings for its story. But it played its premise for laughs. And it used pop songs from the 50s and 60s for its score.

Quite a novel idea, I thought, to build a musical around existing music. I wasn't aware then that it wasn't really all that novel, that Singin' In The Rain and White Christmas had done it decades earlier. But I still thought it was a fun idea in RttFP. And I think it's just as much fun in Mamma Mia!, which recycles all those ABBA songs and somehow makes them fit jigsaw puzzle-like into a paper thin plot about a wedding and three possible candidates for father of the bride.

Great art it's not. Then again, you're reading the words of somebody who's seen Dame Edna on stage three times. Voluntarily!

Mamma Mia!
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