Mamma Mia! is a fabulous musical. Based on the songs of ABBA, it’s been a huge international success, and deserving of it. But one of my favourite things about Mamma Mia! is that the three main figures behind it are a longstanding team of women. Writer Catherine Johnson, director Phyllida Lloyd and producer Judy Cramer have pulled together and worked hard and made a huge success telling a women-centred story. They get a big feminist thumbs up from me!
Here are some of my favourite songs from the film version.
“Lay All Your Love On Me”
Lyrics here. Sophie and Sky frolic on a beach. They’re joined by a dancing group of his friends. The scene changes to Sophie’s hen’s night.
Lyrics here, though all the verses except the first are missed because of dialogue, so it’s essentially the first and then the chorus repeated a few times. At Sophie’s hen’s night, her friends are dancing when Sky’s crash the party by swinging in on ropes and climbing the walls. Two of Sophie’s potential dads realise why she invited them to her wedding, and both promise to walk her down the aisle. Overwhelmed by the swirling dancers and the mess she’s got herself into, Sophie faints.
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”
Lyrics here. The official music video rather than a clip this time. Amanda Seyfried (Sophie) records the song in a studio, with various people who worked on the film looking on in the sound booth. Interspersed with clips of Amanda on the roof of a building as well as clips from the film.