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Mamma Mia!

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Kristi Schirrmacher

on 20 February 2014

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Transcript of Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!
Clip One
"Dancing Queen"
Analysis of "Dancing Queen"
MOOD
Tell us about your experiences!
What musicals have you seen?
Have you seen Mamma Mia!?
What are your impressions of musicals?
What are your impressions of Mamma Mia!?
Synopsis of Mamma Mia!
Christina Cloyes & Kristi Schirrmacher
Main characters:
Daughter Sophie (antagonist), and her two best friends
Mother Donna, and her two best friends
3 possible fathers- Sam, Harry and Bill
Sky, Sophie's fiance
Setting - Greece, at Donna's Hotel
Story Duration - Before, during, and after Sophie's wedding
Sophie wants to find her birth father to give her away at her wedding.
STATE OF MIND
Clip Two
"Voulez Vous"
Analysis of "Voulez Vous"
MOOD
STATE OF MIND
What did the critics say?
Reflecting...
Leading up to
tension
self-pity
Beginning
sad
stressed
emotional
Middle and End
happy
energetic
fun
Donna
taking the blame
personal image
starts to find her inner strength again
Tanya & Rosie
reminiscent
cheering up Donna
goofy
Donna Sophie Sky Bill Sam Harry
"Meryl Streep can do anything: sing, dance, do splits, act her heart out. That (almost) saves this clumsy, overwrought film version of the Abba musical that's been running on stages from Broadway to Barcelona since 1999"




"The three formidable women responsible for the show... let the magic slip through their fingers on the treacherous rip from stage to screen."
(referring to producer Judy Craymer, writer Catherine Johnson and director Phyllida Lloyd)

"What does work, and wonderfully, is the friendship among Streep and her two BFFs ... When [they] share the screen, Mamma Mia! comes alive and earns its exclamation point."


2/5 Stars - Peter Travers
Metascore ~ 51/100
"The good-natured silliness is contagious. When Streep runs singing through a Greek village, its like a spirited homage to "The Sound of Music"
~ USA Today - 75
"I COULD do without "Dancing Queen" stuck in my head, but that will unstick soon enough, and with any luck so too will the memory of Streep noodling on an air guitar"
~Austin Chronicle - 50
Overall Rating 54%
"The legal definition of torture has been much aired in recent years, and I take Mamma Mia! to be a useful contribution to that debate."
~ The New Yorker - Anthony Lane
"Cheese -- but what wonderful salty, sinfully satisfying cheese it is."
~ Toronto Star - Linda Barnard
Beginning
emotional
exciting
Middle
confusing
dizzying
End
stressful
tense
Sophie
Confused
Unsure
Guilty
3 Fathers
Thrilled
Obligated
Relieved
What can we learn from musicals?
It is an acquired taste
Many ways to create musical atmosphere

What changes would we make?
Chronological order
Ending for two other fathers
Audience!
Who do you think the target audience is?
What would you change?
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