Review: Mamma Mia wows in Gore

Gore Musical Theatre's production of Mamma Mia runs until August 19
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Gore Musical Theatre's production of Mamma Mia runs until August 19

Gore Musical Theatre's Mamma Mia should come with a warning.

You'll have toe-tapping ABBA tunes stuck in your head long after the final curtain comes down.

GMT have a long history of putting on shows at Gore's St James Theatre and I thought 2015's production of Hairspray would be hard to beat but they might have done just that with Mamma Mia.

You know you're in for a visual spectacle when you notice the life-sized tree branch snaking its way across the top of the stage, and when the curtain finally raises you can't help but be wowed by the impressive set and lighting.

Kayla Wilcox's opening notes of I Have A Dream, as the lead character Sophie Sheridan had the audience captivated.

What a talent she is – a beautiful voice which rivals that of Fran Brabant who plays her mother, Donna Sheridan.

Producer Monica Moore has done a fine job in the casting department – Craig Wadsworth, Bradley Gentle and TJ Smith, who play the three male leads, suited their roles down to the ground and gave them some real character as they sung and acted their way through ABBA hits without a note out of place.

Special mention has to go to National Youth Drama School student Jordie Keenan who delighted the crowd as Pepper.

It can't be easy dancing in flippers, especially when you've just bared all in your togs for a full house to see, but the wolf-whistles and hollaring started when the male ensemble characters made their way onto the stage and finished at the end of the show once the audience had finished singing along to Waterloo and raised to their feet for a standing ovation.

And what a show for musical director Peter Cairns to bow out with after appearing in his first GMT show in 1982.

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The music was tight, the choreography was superb and the costumes were spectacular, especially in the final hurrah.

Mamma Mia is a feast for the eyes and ears and possibly the best thing about it is that the cast all looked like they were having a ball - as were the audience.

So I say Thank You For the Music, Gore Musical Theatre. Another great show and one that should not be missed.

 - Stuff


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