1,2,3… Mamma Mia! (The Fox Theater, St Louis)
Nothing can potentially explain how I feel about musicals.
They are one of the highest mode of expression of performing arts perhaps, in my opinion, and something that always brings me to a higher level of appreciation for art, creativity, music, and everything else that makes humans nothing short of amazing.
From the first time I went to watch Les Miserables in Sydney, Australia, I became a sucker for musicals. To see humans like you and I reproduce the sceneries from previous times, recreate in us the emotions that govern and directed success stories of before in visual arts, music and literature; to see them bring back the characters that we know from childhood tales or literature books back to life in today’s modernistic and contemporary world, and to make us, the audience, in turn, travel back in time and experience the very same emotions; is something that is far more than impressive. The word for this, I can’t describe.
I went to watch Mamma Mia! on tour, when the broadway musical was showing at the Fox Theater in St Louis, Missouri. The romantic comedy was inspired from the songs of the well-known Swedish group, ABBA (of which I only knew one track by heart: “Dancing Queen” and “Chiquitita”; I recalled the later from childhood memories). This was the final year of the smash broadway musical being on tour, after 18 years on the road. I was definitely one of the lucky ones (amidst all the other spectators who made the full house that night) to see this.
The plot narrates the story of a bride-to-be, Sophie sheridan, who secretly invited her three of her mother’s ex-conquests in her quest to find her real father. And for a story that I knew nothing of prior, I enjoyed the musical until the last song.
Musicals are one of my “must-dos” whenever I travel and whenever I get the chance. Do you like musicals? What are your favorites? Drop a comment below!
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Hans Christian Andersen