Theater Royal Plymouth begins its 2022 schedule with a Bang-A-Boomerang after the opening of the Mamma Mia! UK tour last night.
The hit musical tells the irresistibly funny story of a mother, daughter and three possible dads on an idyllic Greek island, all set to the magic of timeless ABBA songs.
After being postponed at the start of the pandemic, the new UK Tour celebrates 23 years of MAMMA MIA this year! premiered in London in April 1999.
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Since its premiere in London’s West End, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating hit musical has been transformed into two record-breaking films.
Produced by Judy Craymer, Mamma Mia! The film became the highest-grossing live-action musical film of all time when it was released in 2008. The second film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, opened in July 2018 and is the most successful live-action musical film sequel of all time.
For many artists, the race in Plymouth will be the first time they have performed to a full auditorium without socially distant seats for several months or even years.
After opening night last night on Tuesday, the cast reflected on “the emotional experience of seeing a sea of faces stare at them from their seats.”
“It was fantastic, we sold out,” said Helen Anker, who plays Tanya.
“The public had a great time, like us. It couldn’t have been better really, it was incredible.”
Nicky Swift, also known as Rosie, the role made famous by Julie Walters in the film adaptation continued: “This is the first time we’ve been back with a full capacity audience. It’s a pair very different fish, it’s so nice to have a full audience and audience.”
“It’s really special, it made me realize how lucky I am to do my job and it was great last night, it was quite emotional,” added Sara Poyzer who runs the show. as Donna Sheridan.
Looking fabulous in their shimmering white jumpsuits, ‘The Dynamos’ are looking to Plymouth to feel the tambourine beat over the next three weeks until the show ends on February 5.
Discussing the show’s appeal, Nicky explained: “It’s in all areas, you can have kids all the way up to grandparents in your 80s, so there’s a real difference in bands age, but everyone can dance and sing.”
They also point to Theater Royal Plymouth’s policy on covid procedures for anyone nervous about returning to a live theater venue.
“This theater is so safe if you’re worried about the Covid thing, they’re so on it,” Nicky said.
“It’s great, everyone wears a mask, unless you’re exempt of course. My brother lives in Plymouth and he came to see the Panto here over Christmas, and he said the staff, everyone was everything simply awesome and very helpful.
“It was handled very well. So I think if you’re not sure it’s okay, you can be pretty confident that you’re going to have a good night.”
To this day, Mamma Mia! has been seen by more than 65 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages.
After Plymouth the tour will continue to Hull, Eastbourne, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent,
Glasgow, Bristol, Sunderland, Bournemouth, Milton Keynes, Brighton, Canterbury, Leicester, Llandudno, Norwich, Sheffield, Belfast and Oxford.
Judy Craymer, creator and producer of MAMMA MIA! said, “I am so excited that MAMMA MIA! will once again be touring the UK from January 2022. We look forward to bringing ABBA’s well-loved feel-good story and music to new and returning audiences across the country.
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