Thursday, August 11, 2016

A MUST SEE at MSMT: Mama Mia!

We gave a glowing review to MSMT’s Production of Fiddler on the Roof several days back.  It was a truly memorable show, and one of the all time favorites of musical theater fans.

Well, here we are with an even more emphatic review of MSMT’s Mama Mia!, which the Sides saw tonight.

It is, simply put, colossally good!  We had seen it in Toronto in a touring Broadway production perhaps 10 years ago, and loved it then.  We had front row center seats sitting over the shoulder of the musical director, who was sitting at our level.  The energy of the show was beyond anything we had ever seen, and totally absorbed us.

ABBA is a mostly forgotten musical group at this point, and probably invites laughs if you mention them in discussion.  This show’s magic is that it was created well after their peak popularity, and weaves a compelling  story by using their songs to carry the story forward, and very cleverly so.

As we walked out after the show, Mrs. Side said “this is the best show we’ve ever seen here,” which is high praise, given we’ve had season tickets for 20 years.  We have to agree with her, though we’re reluctant to lower our ranking of the favorites we’ve seen in prior years, like Fiddler.

We had front row seats for this production; our usual location.  The fact is that the quality and professionalism of MSMT offerings has steadily improved over the years.

Trust us when we say that if you like musical theater, you will LOVE this show.  Even if you turn up your nose at ABBA’s music and their costuming.  The show is chock full of superb song and dance numbers, and we promise it will put a huge smile on your face.  It works like magic.

We’re not sure how easy it will be to get tickets at this point; MSMT’s web site says they’ve added additional performances.  We implore you to do what you must to to scare up some tickets; you won’t be sorry.

And you can trust us on this; we’re not like all the others.

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