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MAMMA MIA!

At the Ahmanson Theatre
Downtown Los Angeles

OK its back again. (Reviewed last year) Not as bright and fun as the last go-round last year, but a fun time if you love those old Abba standards. I do. The night I attended there were numerous player substitutions; was a cast party going on? The best singer, most interesting character, and most real person on stage was Mary Ellen Mahoney, playing the part of a high end retread babe from the 70's. Mary was funny and her singing was really excellent. Along with Mary and as my choice for best supporting actress/singer, was Gabrielle Jones playing the butch yet heterosexual 70's sidekick of Mary and Dee Hoty (the lead). Dee Hoty's voice is in need of repair, sometimes on tune, sometimes too soft and only once pretty good; very uneven singing. When the trio sang together there was a lot of energy, if a bit "off" at times, but it was fun. The rest of the cast/singers, with the exception of Gary Lynch, who does a wonderful solo, are backup at best, and not worthy of mention here.

Mamma Mia was a fun romp. If you get the chance buy the CD of the show, the singing is a lot better than on stage.

Dick Goldman
Downtown LA Life

"Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?
My my, just how much I've missed you
Yes, I've been brokenhearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, now I really know,
My my, I could never let you go."
ABBA