A sense of pride | 9 November 2004

Two days ago, Sunday November 7, I went to see Mamma Mia!. It was my fourth visit to the show; I've seen it twice in London (1999, 2004) and twice in Utrecht (both in 2004). And every time I see the show, the musical gets better. It's not the world's greatest story, but it is a great show that gave lots of people a good feeling.

The thing that struck me was that the actors al had a lot of fun performing the show. The enthusiasm really went from the actors to the audience and that is always a great experience.

I visited the show again, mainly because my two daughters wanted to see the show. I've seen it in Dutch together with Jolanda (my wife). That was in May this year. Already back then the girls wanted to know how it was. And when we bought the Dutch Mamma Mia cast album it was no stopping them. The CD never left the player in the car and a copy of the disc was continuously in Marjoleins (the elder one) CD-player.

They played the CD so often that I started to hate it. Of course the girls asked if they could see the show. And after a long battle we finally gave in. So last Sunday it was Mamma Mia day. The girls were pretty nervous. They'd never seen a show like that.

And they enjoyed it tremendously. They really liked the show and were amazed that the orchestra was below the actual stage. Ilse (the youngest) sang along big parts of the songs and Marjolein lip synced to many songs as well. It was such a joy to see them like that. They simply loved every bit and we left the theatre in a very happy mood. It may cost a bit, but then: it's worth it.

I don't know whether the girls will be true ABBA fans, but in fact that is not even important. Most important was the sense of tremendous pride that I got when I saw them enjoy the ABBA hits.

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