♬ Mamma Mia, ♪ Here I Go Again ♩My My, How Can I Resist You? ♫...
For people like us, who grew up in the "Dancing Queen" generation, watching Mamma Mia was pure pleasure. How we wished we could interact with the show!
Once the musical started, I kept reminding myself not to hum, lip sync, nod my head, tap my feet, or play invisible drums with my hands because theater etiquette dictates that one should respect and not disrupt the viewing experience of other people.
But it was quite hard to resist.
Ever since I watched Mamma Mia in Las Vegas, I've longed for the musical to be shown here in Manila (see Petition Post here: Mamma Mia in Manila! 2009?).
Finally, Mamma Mia opened last night to an enthusiastic and dancing crowd in Manila. :)
The International Cast sings "Dancing Queen" during the Mamma Mia Manila Presscon. (video by TheFashPack)
Jennie Dale got louder applause in the end for the wacky portrayal of her role and take on the song "Take a Chance on Me".
Sara Poyzer's performance was a bit tentative (at the start)-- I could sense the drama but not the energy in her performances. The energy picked up after "Chiquitita" and "Dancing Queen" scenes.
I can just imagine how fun this would be if the roles were played by Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo (as Donna Sheridan), Rachel Alejandro (as Tanya) and Bituin Escalante (as Rosie).
Sophie Sheridan (as played by Charlotte Wakefield) dictated the emotions and energy of the entire show with her quest to discover the identity of her real dad.
At the start, Charlotte was not able to connect with the Filipino audience. Some of the punchlines did not work and the timing was off at the beginning. But after the songs "Thank you for the Music", the crowd started loving her more.
If this was locally adapted, I think we can expect funnily outrageous performances from the trio of Calvin Millado, Joel Trinidad and Felix Rivera.
...there's plenty to see in Mamma Mia. :)
Overall, I was expecting more oomph and connection with the audience from this International Cast. I still like it for feel good story line and the nicely integrated ABBA songs.
Mamma Mia is definitely a must-watch show for all theater fans. Thank you for staging Mamma Mia in Manila!
This will be one of the most talked-about musicals in the metro for 2012 -- don't miss it!
The International Tour is presented by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar, in association with Universal, Stage Entertainment and NGM.
Official Website: Mamma Mia Philippines
Performance Dates: starting January 24 (limited engagement)
Saturday & Sunday 3.00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 8.00 PM
Friday & Saturday 8.00 PM
Venue: CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Belardo, CCP Complex
(Tip: Show starts exactly on time with a 20-minute intermission. No cameras allowed. You can go up the ramp of CCP to be dropped off at the Main Entrance instead of the Side Entrance because of bottlenecks from people depositing their cameras.)
Saturday & Sunday: P7,000, 6,000, 5,000, 3,500, 2,000, 1,000
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: P6,000, 5,000, 4,000, 3,000, 1,500, 750
Friday & Saturday: P7,000, 6,000, 5,000, 3,500, 2,000, 1,000
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: We got complimentary press tickets to watch the show from Mamma Mia Manila Production.
P.S. I close my eyes and throw this petition into the universe:
How I wish we could have a locally adapted Mamma Mia show after the International Touring show is completed. If China can have a locally adapted Mamma Mia in Chinese with Chinese actors, can we have an all-Filipino cast for Mamma Mia?! I can already imagine the energy and comedy that Filipino thespians can bring to the musical! It will be both a telenovela and a party from start to finish. :)