Mamma Mia! At Westchester Broadway Theatre

Published: Thursday, April 6, 2017 By: Marlene S. Gaylinn Source: On CT & NY Theatre

A wedding is about to take place on a small Greek Island, and the bride-to-be wants to invite her father – only she doesn’t know who he is.  According to her mother’s diary, there are three contenders to walk her down the aisle.  The daughter secretly invites all of them to the wedding and each prospective Dad competes for the honor.  What follows is a grand orgy of fun and fine dancing at Westchester Broadway Theatre.

On opening night, the audience could not restrain itself from clapping in unison to the snappy songs of ABBA, which were composed by former band members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.  Except for the Beatles, no group has sold more records. “Mamma Mia!” with book by Catherine Johnson, played for 14 years on Broadway and still continues on London's West End.  Its film adaptation in 2008 featured Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Pierce Brosnan.  This is the musical’s Connecticut debut.

Mark Martino, Director/Choreographer for this production works with a large cast of top-notch professionals. Michelle Dawson, Elise Kinnon, Jennifer Swiderski and Mariah MacFarlane give believable portrayals as the central, female characters.  Xander Chauncey, Kilty Reidy, Brent Bateman and Nathan Cockroft follow them as the sex-driven leading men.

For the dream sequences, Choreographer Martino creates images, which unfold like rows of colorful flower petals.  The chorus is uniformly precise.  In addition, he certainly knows how to apply very sexy movements for both his male and female dancers. Nathan Cockroft as the seductive, ladies' man, "Sky," brilliantly shows off in this titillating area of execution.

The Grand Finale literally sparkles with the enthusiasm of a three ring Circus.  Like fireworks, the energy explodes as several male dancers accomplish astonishingly high tumbles in the air and land like champion ice skaters. 

Matthew Hemesath’s head to foot, sequined costumes reflect in the spotlights and also take center stage.  Eric Alsford conducts the lively, musical beat.

WBT went all out for this show and it’s definitely one if its finest productions.