Well when we saw it (in Toronto) there were lots of people dancing in the aisles. It was the most participatory fun I have ever had at a theatre show. I don’t really like movies that are musicals. I have never watched the movie all the way through - just bits and bobs. The only thing I loved about the movie was the location shots. Ah, Greece... it looked exactly like what it did when we were there!
I love ABBA too. I saw Mamma Mia in the Swedish Theater in Helsinki a couple of years ago, it was really great. I didn't understand anything they were saying (my Swedish is truly tragic) but anything ABBA-related in Swedish just kind of works. I also went to the ABBA museum in Stockholm it was pretty cool. I love the Mamma Mia movie too, but then again I love musicals in general (I thought La La Land was wonderful.)
By the way, if you want to see a really feel good stage musical with great songs I woukd highly recommend “Beautiful.” It’s about Carol King but also features other music from the sixties onwards. I saw it in Dublin earlier this year and the audience were all dancing by the end of it.
While searching for something to watch yesterday I happened on a documentary about the Bee Gees and part of it was about how unfashionable thet became because of the backlash against Disco, which they were linked to because of their Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. I love their music but had forgotten how many fantastic songs they’ve written for themselves and so many other singers and how diverse their output was.
I’ve always liked the Ber Gees! And I remember the disco backlash: when the song Disco Duck came out, disco fans were horribly offended. I remember my best friend in tears whenever the song came on the radio. How dare they make fun of disco! Ha!