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THEATRE - Stage West’s “Mamma Mia” Worth Taking A Chance On

Theatre Review by Jason Clevett (From December 2019 Online)
THEATRE  - Stage West’s “Mamma Mia” Worth Taking A Chance On
Image by: John Watson Photography
THEATRE  - Stage West’s “Mamma Mia” Worth Taking A Chance On
Image by: John Watson Photography
THEATRE  - Stage West’s “Mamma Mia” Worth Taking A Chance On
Image by: John Watson Photography
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Last year Stage West’s holiday show was the stellar Jersey Boys, showing that the company can create on its smaller stage a show that measures up to the large-scale touring productions. This year, they are once again tackling a huge blockbuster musical in Mamma Mia. The touring version has hit Calgary to sell out crowds since it’s debut in 1999, grossing more than 4 billion worldwide.

Which remains a bizarre phenomenon. It’s a rather thin story that at times transitions to songs in a bizarre turn, yet it continues to make Money Money Money. Must be funny. Undoubtedly now that it’s wrapped up on Broadway (although still playing in London’s West End" and had it’s "final tour" in 2016 it will become a staple of High Schools and Local Theatre companies. Stage West in this case sets the bar high for future productions.

The success of the show lies in the leads, who must juggle comedy, singing, and create versions of the characters that the audience enjoys. Sophie (Brittany Clough) invites three men to her wedding to Sky (Tyler Check.) Her mother Donna (Jane Cooke) had flings with each one the summer before Sophie was born. So, it’s a question of whether Sam (Jay Davis), Harry (J. Sean Elliott) or Bill (Stuart Dowling) is her dad. Tomfoolery and twists occur on the backdrop of a Greek Island as ABBA hits are belted out like Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take A Chance on Me and Thank You For The Music are belted out with gusto.

Favourites from the show remain including the amazing wetsuit number of Lay All Your Love On Me, the epic Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie, and the crowd pleasing number that concludes the show.

Stage West has jumped full on theme with the menu for the show, with dishes like Greek Potato Salad, Grilled Octopus & Cuttlefish, Mediterranean Stuffed Porkloin and Baked Salmon with Greek Dressing on the menu. I think an opportunity to serve Peppered Snapper was tragically overlooked, but these foods along with mainstays like sushi, their awesome ceaser salad, roast beef and the always epic dessert bar ensures that you’ll be as satisfied with dinner as with the show.

Tickets are selling fast, if you want to not see the show Slipping Through Your Fingers then you should say I Do, I Do, I Do to Mamma Mia.



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Contributor Jason Clevett |


Locale Calgary |


Topic Stagewest | Theatre |


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Image by: John Watson Photography
Image by: John Watson Photography
Image by: John Watson Photography

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