ABBA-Solutely Wholesome: MAMMA MIA! dazzles Sydney Lyric Theatre on Opening Night!

MAMMA MIA the Musical
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Sydney’s musical theatre scene was set ablaze on Saturday 27 May, as the smash-hit musical MAMMA MIA made its triumphant return to the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Packed with infectious energy, captivating performances, and an irresistible soundtrack, this production transported audiences to a world of love, laughter, and ABBA magic.

At the heart of the show was the remarkable Elise McCann, who effortlessly embodied the role of Donna Sheridan. McCann’s powerful vocals and emotive acting brought Donna’s journey to life, capturing both her fierce independence and tender vulnerability. Her rendition of “The Winner Takes It All” was a standout moment, leaving the audience awestruck.

Opposite McCann, Sarah Krndija portrayed Sophie Sheridan, the spirited bride-to-be. Krndija’s portrayal was filled with youthful exuberance and an endearing charm that resonated with the audience. Her rendition of “I Have a Dream” was both heartfelt and captivating, evoking a sense of hope and determination.

The dynamic duo of Rosie and Tanya, played by Bianca Bruce and Deone Zanotto respectively, stole the show with their impeccable comedic timing and infectious chemistry. Bruce’s Rosie was a force of nature, delivering witty one-liners and show-stopping dance moves. Zanotto’s Tanya exuded elegance and sophistication, commanding the stage with her magnetic presence.

Martin Crewes brought depth and emotional resonance to the character of Sam Carmichael, Donna’s former flame. His powerful voice and nuanced performance added layers of complexity to Sam’s journey of love and redemption. Drew Livingston as Harry Bright showcased a delightful blend of humour and vulnerability, while Tim Wright as Bill Austin injected the show with his charismatic charm.

Lewis Francis portrayed Sky, Sophie’s fiancé, capturing the character’s youthful energy and unwavering support. His chemistry with Krndija’s Sophie was palpable, adding an extra layer of warmth to their love story.

Not to be overshadowed by the main cast, the newcomers Nina Carmen and Kadesa Honeyhill delivered delightful performances as Sophie’s friends, Ali and Lisa, respectively. Their chemistry with Sarah Krndija’s Sophie was infectious, adding a layer of authenticity to their on-stage friendship. Jordan Tomljenovic brought a youthful energy to the role of Pepper, while Etuate Lutui charmed the audience as the lovable Eddie. Together, these talented newcomers brought an extra dose of excitement and liveliness to the stage, solidifying their place among the stellar cast of MAMMA MIA the Musical.

The ensemble cast delivered high-energy performances, executing vibrant choreography with precision and enthusiasm. The iconic ABBA songs were flawlessly integrated into the narrative, creating memorable moments of pure joy. The show’s finale, featuring a medley of beloved hits, had the audience on their feet, dancing and singing along.

The production design was a visual feast, with vibrant sets that seamlessly transitioned between Donna’s Greek island paradise and the lively atmosphere of a wedding celebration. The costumes were a kaleidoscope of colour, reflecting the characters’ personalities and capturing the essence of the 1970s.

Under the skilled direction of the creative team, MAMMA MIA the Musical proved to be a crowd-pleasing extravaganza. The infectious energy of the performers, combined with the timeless appeal of ABBA’s music, created an unforgettable theatre experience.

MAMMA MIA at the Sydney Lyric Theatre is a must-see for fans of musical theatre and anyone looking for a night of pure entertainment. With its irresistible blend of romance, laughter, and unforgettable tunes, this production will leave you dancing in the aisles and singing “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” long after the final curtain falls.

MAMMA MIA! The Musical
Sydney Lyric Theatre
55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
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