Broadway musical albums make up a large number of the playlists on my ITunes music library. From Les Miserables to Phantom of the Opera to Annie to Mamma Mia, the list is long. So it should be no surprise that my eight year old daughter is a fan and knows most of the music to each broadway show by heart. Logically, she also loves going to see broadway shows when they are touring. So imagine her excitement when we had the opportunity to see Mamma Mia on broadway during our recent girls weekend trip to New York City.
Although we had seen Mamma Mia at a local outdoor theater last year, seeing it on Broadway is a whole other thing. Except that our Mamma Mia tickets were for the evening after a full day of sightseeing in New York City, so I should be honest… I was mildly worried that my eight year old broadway diva might be a bit tired.
I was right. She was tired. But my daughter’s fatigue was no match for the music of Mamma Mia live.
Despite being exhausted, we all found ourselves singing along (mouthing the words of course with no volume).
And at the end of the show? When the cast gave multiple encores, there was even standing on seats and dancing…this time with real singing along.
Now, I know that some question whether or not Mamma Mia is appropriate for children. After all, the premise of the show is a woman who gave birth to a daughter after a summer of escapades with three different men. Except that really…while the theme of not knowing which man was the biological father, the show is about so much more than that.
To me, Mamma Mia is about enjoying life. About appreciating family and friends. About seizing moments and making memories. And that? That is something I am absolutely ok with my tween daughter seeing and thinking about.
Ad the fact that I overheard Principessa singing “I have a dream” (from Mamma Mia) as she worked to clean her room the other day, reinforces all of the reasons that this exciting and make you want to dance and sing musical is perfect for tween girls.