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Mamma Mia!

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Romantic
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Critics
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18 reviews
Members
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1011 reviews
 

This lively pop musical, featuring the songs of '70s Swedish super-group ABBA, will close in September following more than a decade of nightly standing ovations.

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Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, 'Mamma Mia!' is a sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolding on a tiny Greek island. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Songs including "Dancing Queen," "The Winner Takes It All," "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me" are featured in this feel-good musical.

 

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Reviews (1029)

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59
Avg Score

70
The New York Times

"The choreography is mostly stuff you could try, accident-free, in your own backyard. And the score consists entirely of songs made famous in the disco era by Abba, music that people seldom admit to having danced to, much less sung in their showers. Yet these elements have been combined, with alchemical magic, into the theatrical equivalent of comfort food." Full Review

60
Variety

"“Mamma Mia!,” which weaves a few threads of romantic comedy around a bumper crop of old Abba tunes, is a thoroughly preposterous show, but it’s also a giddy guilty pleasure...the star of the show is those unnervingly catchy songs, that work happy magic on one’s serotonin levels." Full Review

70
The New York Times

"They’re not dancing in the aisles at Mamma Mia! anymore. Shows do fade. The taverna looks flimsy and cramped on the Broadhurst stage. But its real appeal, beyond those songs, has always been its innate sweetness, and that’s a joy." Full Review

40
Time Out New York

"Almost two dozen hits by ABBA form the spine of this worldwide smash, which book writer Catherine Johnson has feebly fleshed out into a mother-daughter comedy-drama. As theater, Mamma Mia! is forgettable. As a delivery system for pop-culture nostalgia, it’s ruthless." Full Review

65
Variety

"The musical based on the songs of Abba, is a silly affair all around, and that's its greatest asset. Feather-light, simple, pure pop, set the tone for the evening and provide the lingering sentiment. And feeling is ultimately all that matters with an enjoyably vacuous show like Mamma Mia!" Full Review

25
Talkin' Broadway

"In terms of theatre, Mamma Mia! has little to offer. The book is paper thin, silly...Still, the legions of ABBA fans who attend Mamma Mia! aren't going to care about much of this. They will doubtlessly have a great time and may well walk away proclaiming Mamma Mia! one of the best shows they've ever seen. Theatregoers expecting a solid, theatrical show will have gotten far less." Full Review

55
Theatermania

"The show is pleasing as it passes and it certainly features a generous swath of songs that caught the world's fancy during the '70s and '80s. The musical's purveyors didn't necessary spend a lot to make a lot, but make a lot they will. And what's wrong with that? " Full Review

35
The Associated Press

"Deep, it's not. There is no subtext. Heck, there's barely any text. The flimsy tale is an excuse to insert ABBA's greatest and not-so-greatest hits into a mock Harlequin Romance (with feminist overtones) set on a small Greek island...Mamma Mia! revels primarily in its own construction, it's manufactured rather than inspired and so is much of what passes for fun in the show." Full Review

65
Drama Queen NYC

"From the concept alone, it’s clear that this ABBA-mad musical is a piece of fluff, a bit of light fun, and that’s the standard by which it should be judged...I must admit that the big story is perhaps less than the sum of its moments and that the book is awkwardly written and directed." Full Review

50
New York Magazine / Vulture

"I found the score neither unbearable nor something I'd miss if I never heard it again...I would not discourage anyone interested from attending Mamma Mia!. But I wouldn't encourage the doubtful, either." Full Review

95
New York Post

"Mamma Mia! offers one of those nights when you sit back and let a nutty kind of joy just sweep over you. The score is a nostalgic parade of 22 songs from the alphabetically challenged Swedish pop group of the ’70s. And when you get to the coda finale keep your seats, it ain’t over till it’s over, you’ll be so happy you’ll think you’ve just become a grandparent." Full Review

35
New York Daily News

"If you're an ABBA fan, read no further. Just line up at the box office for "Mamma Mia!" Immediately. Since you're already bonded to the material, you will undoubtedly have a wonderful time. If, however, your attachment to ABBA is only tangential or, as in my case, nonexistent, you might want to think twice about it." Full Review

80
Broadway Voice

"Curtain call prompted probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a Broadway show. Not only did the entire ensemble perform a musical revue of Abba’s greatest hits, but also the audience got to get up and show off their moves and their pipes!" Full Review

85
JK's Theatre Scene

"The cast as a whole is uniformly terrific, spot on full of zing, broad smiles and what appears to be true joy...Brescia's all out diva rendition of The 'Winner Takes it All' was a powerful and honest rendition. Brava!" Full Review

95
My Dream Came True

"The show isn't merely a collection of strung-together song and dance numbers; it's a show about love: romantic love, young and old; loving friendships; and parental love...When it comes to musical theater, great songs and heart are what draw me back to the theater again and again." Full Review

50
Advocate

"Although the lyrics are uniformly insipid and fit the story about as well as those from any 1930s Rodgers & Hart musical (which is just barely), for those of us who grew up with ABBA, there's something thrilling about hearing "S.O.S" and "Take a Chance on Me" blasting from a Broadway stage...mostly this is a big schlocky fun-for-the-whole-family Broadway musical." Full Review

90
NewYork.com

"Mamma Mia! is the original jukebox musical, combining beloved ABBA songs with a funny, tender story...The show also famously features a “mega-mix” of reprises at the curtain call, and the audience leaps to its feet to dance along at each performance." Full Review

95
Celebrity Radio by Alex Belfield

"This musical is feel-good, uplifting, funny and hugely entertaining. If you want a heart warming story (and a huge party) Mamma Mia will blow your mind!" Full Review

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86
Avg Score

85
Delightful, Romantic, Great staging

See it if you love ABBA's music, want a happy care free musical that leaves you feeling lightened when leaving the theater

Don't see it if not a fan of ABBA or want a dark, serious piece of theater

80
Uplifting, Ambitious, Quirky, Entertaining, Cute

See it if ABBA music still rocks your world & you enjoy juke-box musicals. Tries hard to be traditional theater. Toe-tapping/head-bopping enjoyable.

Don't see it if silly/slightly slap-stick musicals trying hard to be "serious theater" don't work for you; although the music's STILL solid & holds its own.

70
Overrated, Fun, Fluffy

See it if you like Abba music and a jukebox musical.

Don't see it if you dislike Abba or jukebox musicals. As this show evolved, it became very diluted talent-wise and was essentially a tourist show.

70
Romantic, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you want to see fluff. A bit touristy.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

72
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to smile throughout an entire show. You want to see a thoroughly enjoyable fluff piece. You love ABBA music.

Don't see it if You hate ABBA. You want a show with drama.

84
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Abba and enjoy stories with heart.

Don't see it if You don't care for pop musicals and are looking for a serious drama

17
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if If you like Abba.

Don't see it if If you want a well written show.

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if fun lively show

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

78
Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you love those great Abba songs, and want an evening of light-hearted fluffy fun

Don't see it if you need a realistic story with full-fleshed characters, or only enjoy musicals with original scores

70
Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You like musicals and a predictable plot

Don't see it if You want to see something thought-provoking

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You love ABBA or feel good musicals

Don't see it if You want a plot that's riveting, or a show where the ending is groundbreaking or entirely satisfying

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if You love the music of ABBA. You're looking for a night of mindless theatre.

Don't see it if You're expecting it to have a decent storyline.

70
Romantic, Fun, Classic, Fluffy

See it if you've never seen it and want to see what all the hype is about. This is a fun night out show that doesn't make you think too much.

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals or mindless fun.

85
Delightful, Great acting, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want a classic favorite with catchy songs from Abba. Enjoyable and light. Fun

Don't see it if A flimsy plot to house a fun play

43
Romantic, Disappointing, Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a classic show or like ABBA or the movie

Don't see it if you are looking for a great book or great acting

83
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if you want a have an energetic and fun filled night with silly stories and engaging songs.

Don't see it if you are allergic to the cheese-factor in musicals and want to see something more serious.

76
Entertaining, Cute, Infectious, Sing along, Cheery

See it if if you're an ABBA fan and love a cute love story.

Don't see it if You're looking for something heady to watch.

55
Cliched, Fluffy, See it if you're a tourist

See it if you like ABBA songs; you don't need anything more than being entertained with a weak story and script; you enjoy fun curtain calls

Don't see it if you regularly see theater in NYC and have high expectations

52
Refreshing, Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if you enjoyed the movie Mamma Mia. The show is almost identical which is why I gave it the rating I did. Too similar.

Don't see it if you didn't enjoy the movie or don't like the music.

75
Funny, Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Enjoy ABBA's music, and just want to have a good time. Plot is fine, although different from London's version.

Don't see it if You want something more cerebral.

30
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if You like Abba I guess.

Don't see it if you need substance... of some sort.

83
Delightful, Indulgent, Cliched, Insipid, Entertaining

See it if You don't mind mindless fluff so long as it's fun.

Don't see it if You can't stand ABBA.

48
Funny, Cliched, Insipid, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want a fun night out, regardless of anything. The music is wonderful (I mean, it's ABBA) and Act 1 is good, it becomes too much in Act 2

Don't see it if You need a believable or deep story/book. You don't find humor in ridiculousness. You want deep characters. You don't like ABBA.

71
Romantic, Overrated, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of ABBA and love light shows that are fun

Don't see it if you are looking for something more original and unique

92
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Abbalicious

See it if You love the Abba catalog.. Seriously it's all about their music.. The story is nothing more than a framework to fit in hit after hit song.

Don't see it if Disco makes you cringe or are looking for anything more than a juke-box musical