The international hit musical Mamma Mia is best seen in the West End because of value for money, professionalism, safety and variety of other activities. The West End has the UK’s best talent. Public transportation is also available so the car can be left at home.
You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard about the hit musical Mamma Mia, based on the music of Swedish pop sensation ABBA. Although productions of Mamma Mia can be found from coast to coast all over the UK since the very first showing in 1999, the best place to see it is London’s West End.
It is a common misconception that the strength of a musical stands on its plot and songs. If that was true, then there would be no reason for anyone to go to the West End or even across the Pond to Broadway when the local drama club is putting on a revue. Productions in the West End have the highest calibre of talent, special effects and professionalism. If you buy a ticket for a musical at the West End, that musical is going to go on, no matter what.
Now contrast this to musicals performed on theatres other than the West End. Even with the same choreography and costumes, the effect is a pale imitation at best. As the recent Hollywood movie ‘Mamma Mia! The Movie’ (2008) proved, not even Hollywood’s best could do proper justice to the musical. Although ABBA songs are catchy, they are incredibly hard to sing. Just watch poor Pierce Brosnan struggle with ‘SOS’ in the film. Better yet, skip the film and book a trip to the West End.
Safety, Variety and Transport.
Ever arrive at your holiday destination and discover there aren’t any busses, trams or trains? Or if they are, they only run once a day and you missed it? This is one problem you never have to face in London. You don’t even need to bring your car in order to get about. All UK railway lines inevitably end up in London.
Since the West End is the posh area, a lot of money has been invested to keep all of the upper class actors and divas happy when they work at the West End or go to see the shows of their friends. The West End is well supplied with CCTV cameras that operate 24 hours a day. The West End is usually better lit than more other dodgy areas of London.
So, you’ve seen the musical and it was fab. Now what are you going to do? Sit in your hotel room all day and stare out of the window? In many other towns, that is your only option. But the West End is full of restaurants and shops so that there is always something to do before and after the musical. If one restaurant is booked solid for the night, no worries – there is always another to choose from.