Response Paper: Mamma Mia! The Musical

2061 words - 9 pages

“A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!” MAMMA MIA! The Musical performed on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at the Hanover Theater by Work Light Productions written by the British playwright Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. A musical based on the 1970’s Swedish pop band ABBA top charter album ABBA GOLD: THE GREATEST HITS set on a Greek island vacation getaway unfolding the bride-to-be’s, Sophie, search for her self whom believes can find her answer by discovering the true identity of her father. Sophie encounters with her mother’s diary from the year she was conceived and learns the names of three possible fathers: Harry Bright, Bill Austin, and Sam Carmichael. Sophie sends all three an invitation to her wedding in hopes to uncover the identity of her absent father to join her in the walk down the aisle to give her away to her fiancé Sky. Sophie’s mother, Donna, a strong fierce independent mother whom vows she can get on with life without the use of a man beside her is in complete devastation to discover the arrival of her ex-lovers the day before Sophie’s wedding. Especially the man she cared about the most, Sam, whom she never wanted to see again for leaving her to be married off to another woman. A secret she hid all these years from everyone including her two best friends, Tanya and Rosie, whom together use to be known as the girl group Donna and the Dynamos. Except Donna herself doesn't even know which of the three is Sophie’s father because she slept with all of them in a very short amount of time one after the other. Sophie believed she would know which one of the three men was her father with just one look but is now even more confused then she was before feeling guilty not telling Sky what she has done, knowing he would only argue he is the only man she needs in her life. Eventually Harry, Bill and Sam begin to realize on their own the truth behind the reasoning for being invited to the wedding and each individually believe they are Sophie’s father’s. At the end of Act 1 each possible father announces to Sophie they wish to walk her down the aisle without any of the others knowing including Donna leaving Sophie baffled with guilt not wanting to turn any of them away.
As the production goes on in Act 2 both Donna and Sophie struggle to discover the truth and understanding the meaning of family during the preparations on the day of the big white wedding. Donna notices Sophie is shaken up and assumes she wants to cancel the wedding because she isn’t to fond of the idea seeing her daughter getting married at such a young age. Sophie gets more upset because she doesn't want to follow her mother’s footsteps in fear of having her children also growing up without a father in their lives. Harry, Bill and Sam in their own way try to help out with the wedding feeling some responsibility for being Sophie’s father by either giving Donna money to pay for the wedding expenses or...

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