Saturday, September 20, 2008

Musical Review - Mamma Mia!

First, let me preface this post by making a statement to some of my friends: yes, I still have my man card. reviews are not your typical synopsis, just my perspective based on expectations.

Ok. Last Friday Dianna and I got to see my favorite musical - Mamma Mia!, after great meal at the Fort Worth location of Gloria's. (I have got to go back there to take Dianna salsa dancing.)
This is a must see....for every ABBA fan. I didn't really listen to music on the radio until my junior high years. Prior to that my music listening experienced consisted of two things....a little bit of radio music while driving home with my parents from Santa Fe Downs waiting for the horse racing results to be announced to us after leaving the track early and, playing 8 track tapes from my Dad's Columbia House collection. I think for the most part he just let the selection of the month be sent by default. There was everything from the Eagles, Diana Ross, ELO, Commodores, Ferrante & Teicher, John Williams, Willie Nelson, etc., and there were a couple of ABBA 8 tracks. Although, I gave most of the 8 track tapes equal play, the ABBA was on my heavy rotation. ABBA actually ranks in my top 10 favorite bands. Keep in mind I think I have one of the most diverse tastes in music (or, so I think); everything from Nirvana, Offspring, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Van Hagar, Cinderella, Poison, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Metallica, La Onda, Kumbia Kings, Blink 182, Greenday, Kanye West, Blackeyed Peas, Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer, etc, etc......

Anyways, ABBA is definitely good stuff (ok, great stuff). They were a talented band. And, Mamma Mia! amazingly interweaves 22 ABBA songs into a musical production with a story line that matches the songs. This is somewhat similar to the All Shook Up musical based on Elvis Presley tunes. Every song performed was fantastic with the exception of Under Attack. This song opens the Act II and is what I refer to as a 'dream sequence.' It doesn't fit. The rest of the songs do....I just wish the Mamma Mia song list included Fernando (Ferny is a nickname for Fernando)....for this song to fit they would have to change one the characters name to Fernando. And, if they would ask me I would tell them to include this song.

This was great evening of entertainment. Next time I plan on taking my mom to see this musical.

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