Hello, my name is Anne and I'm a Mamma Mia-oholic...
I ask myself (in incredulous tones) how on earth is it possible that I have gone to see this movie eight times??!! And have thoroughly enjoyed it eight times??!!! I was never an ABBA fan, so I remain a tad mystified as to why I adore this musical so much, but adore it I do ("say I do...I do, I do, I do, I do...")
My record so far:
1. Premiere night - I went with Sara, Miss Ninja and Tricia. Right off the bat, I was hooked...I didn't yet know many of the lyrics, but that would soon change after I bought the soundtrack.
2. I was visiting with my mom after church that same weekend and she mentioned that she wanted to see the movie. Oh I could watch it again, I said, let's go right now!...so we did. Miss Ninja came with us, but Sara went to the Dark Knight instead.
3. Tricia, Sara and I had another viewing shortly thereafter. It was on this occasion that Tricia and I got up and danced in the theatre...much to Sara's dismay, although she later told me it wasn't so much the dancing as the clapping that made her move a couple seats away from us. (And, as I wrote before, Miss Ninja hung her head in shame when I told her about our dancing in public.) Tricia and I talked about what fun a church fundraiser this would be - a Mamma Mia night! I agreed saying ooo, I want to be Donna!
4. My sister, Lynn, mentioned that she and my niece were going to see this delightful romp of music and foolishness...duh, obviously I had to join them. (This time, both Sara and Miss Ninja opted for the Dark Knight instead though...imagine!) Lynn, my niece, her friend and I sang our hearts out and had a grand ole time though.
5. Valerie emailed to see if I wanted to go with her. Oh sure, I said, I'd love to see it again ('cause, you know, four times wasn't enough...)
6. Lynn and I decided to take the girls again...this time they were the ones up dancing. (They'd chosen to sit a couple rows away from us - apparently it is ok to do these goofy things as long as you're not with your mother...)
7. Tricia mentioned that she and two friends were going...so the girls and I joined them, because as Tricia said, the more, the merrier. Tricia had brought boas, and she and her friends and I danced around with those. The movie really is so much better as an interactive experience! During Dancing Queen, we even sachayed down through the theatre, singing and waving the boas just like the cast in the movie - there were a lot of women who very clearly wanted to join us but were too embarrassed. It was a hoot! We even got a round of applause. Miss Ninja was not amused...
8. We were hanging out at Valerie's house after church yesterday and Valerie mentioned that one of her daughters had not yet seen Mamma Mia. Gasp!!! This must be remedied at once...so off we go again. During the first song, this daughter (a teenager) leaned over and asked "are you two going to be singing through the whole movie?" Um yeah...we'll be singing along to every song. "But we're in a theatre, that's so embarrassing!" she moaned. Too bad, so sad, I'm singing anyway! Afterward, Valerie said how fun it would be if we did a Mamma Mia dinner theatre or something for the church. Hey, what a coincidence, I said, Tricia and I had the same idea. I would be SO up for such a fundraiser, that would be a blast. Valerie's daughter was rather alarmed at the prospect of such a spectacle, though, and said to her "mum, if you play one of the old ladies, no WAY am I coming to watch." Oh the things our children have to put up with...it's good for them, builds character ;)
9. Stay tuned, at the rate I'm going, I just might go see it again! (But maybe I'd better wait for the DVD to come out...especially since I've run out of 2 for 1 coupons for the theatre...)