Countdown the Six Best Guilty Pleasure Moments in Mamma Mia!
December 3rd, 2013
by Josh Ferri
“Thank You for the Music”
The first time the Mamma Mia! audience really gets to know the musical's three potential fathers (Harry, Sam and Bill), the trio of guys sings this adorable, wistful song with Sophie. It’s the moment you know this show is more than just fun—it has heart too.
The big Donna and the Dynamos reunion is a major payoff for Mamma Mia! fans. The ladies, clad in fabulous white jumpsuits, show that they still have what it takes to slay the audience. (And this song gets stuck in your head well into intermission; even days later, you may find yourself humming “Super Trouper.”)
“Does Your Mother Know”
The most glamorous (and arguably the campiest) character in the ABBA musical is the jet-setting Tanya, whose over-the-top lifestyle includes three different husbands, a handful of cosmetic procedures and a world-class wardrobe. Needless to say, it’s a delicious showstopper when the saucy Tanya unleashes her sex appeal on her eager, young suitor Pepper.
“Take a Chance on Me”
It’s nearly impossible not to root for the relatable lone wolf Rosie, a single, middle-aged author who eventually sets her sights on fellow writer Bill. The awkward pair's chapel-set tryst is the stuff musical comedy is made of.
“Slipping Through My Fingers”
Two things are practically guaranteed at Mamma Mia!: people will jump up to dance at the end and someone around you will cry during the mother-daughter song “Slipping Through My Fingers.” Sung while Donna helps Sophie get dressed for her wedding, this moment is a musical theater tearjerker and a true guilty pleasure for real fans.
There is zero excuse not to be on your feet dancing during Mamma Mia’s grand finale. Everyone is in spandex, ABBA hits are blaring and the place is lit up like a Christmas tree. This is the reason you’re at Mamma Mia! — savor it, revel in it and hold on to it as long as you possibly can, because the undeniable Mamma Mia! high will fade at some point.