‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Mamma Mia’, in the last decade, musicals have been making waves in the box office. With ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’, the much-anticipated sequel hitting cinemas nationwide, who better to discuss the appeal of the all-singing, all-dancing movie musical with Marian Finucane than Stephen Faloon, General Manager of The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
“The first film came out in 2008. It was based on the 2003 musical which was a massive, massive his on the West End and Broadway… and tells the story of Donna, a woman who brings up… a young child and her child grows up to be a young woman and she decides to get married to her childhood sweetheart and she finds her mother’s diaries and she discovers that she has one of possibly three fathers. It’s not the most believable tale in the whole world but it is a big bag of fun.”
So, can lightning strike twice with the feel-good movie sensation? Yes, says Stephen, who describes the second film as “actually rather wonderful”.
“They use some of the songs from the first film plus songs that weren’t filmed like One of Us, Fernando, Knowing Me, Knowing You so there are good new songs as well in it too and also they’ve got a trump card up their sleeve in Cher. Cher appears in the film toward the end… She is absolutely brilliant in it and gets to sing a couple of songs too as only Cher could do.”
What about those who loathe the top-tapping retelling of time-honoured stories of love, loss and everything in between? Musicals can be divisive, but Stephen says give pieces (of music) a chance.
“I think those that hate them don’t really understand that you can tell a story with music… so that idea of you know when you’re talking and then you burst into song… I think people feel very uncomfortable with that expression of emotion. For those that love it, they see music as passion so that when you see music as passion, you really respond to the way that people burst into song and add more depth and layers.”
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