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Mamma Mia!

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Must see
18 reviews
844 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.... Read more

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 (862)

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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


"“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

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

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


"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

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


"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"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


"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

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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Avg Score

Romantic, Entertaining, Fluffy

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

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

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.

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

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if If you like Abba.

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if fun lively show

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

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

Cliched, Fluffy

See it if You like musicals and a predictable plot

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if You like Abba I guess.

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

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.

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

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

Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of Abba and want to relax and just have an entertaining theater experience. You will walk out singing.

Don't see it if It would upset you to have people standing, singing along, and cheering during the entire production.

Original, Delightful, Entertaining, Fun, Great score

See it if you love ABBA, and a fun theatre experience.

Don't see it if you don't like the music of the 70's

Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are a Dancin' Queen who can't get any of those glorious Abba songs out of your head.

Don't see it if You are a fan of complex plotting and motivations, or are not a fan of Abba

Funny, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You love Abba's music and want a nice entertaining night at the theatre.

Don't see it if You want a more thought-provoking night at the theatre.