Been to see Mamma Mia! in Korean.

Mamma Mia! is here in Ulsan.

As you can see from the poster, it is the Korean version. We were told about it when we went to the morning concert and we were reassured that although the dialog was in Korean, the songs were still in English. So I gathered a group together and tried to buy tickets, first online and then using the phone number, but the language barrier was too much and I conceded defeat and got Coens to book them for me.

I couldn’t collect the tickets until just before the performance and I was a bit worried that if the there was a problem there wouldn’t be time to sort it out, but it all worked as our tickets were there waiting for us.

This is our group getting ready to go in, looking very colourful compared to the Korean dark coats.


The dialogue was in Korean, as expected, but as soon as the first song started it was obvious, so were all the lyrics as well. And it didn’t matter at all. We all knew the story, so we could easily follow what was happening and there was a lot of physical humour, in particular stunning and hilarious performances from the two women playing Aunts Rosie and Tanya, who really stole the show. Although the script had been translated they kept the original names, it was quite amusing to see a Korean guy saying his name Sam Carmichael. There were also some very funny Korean quirks, like Donna and the rest of the cast bowing to the minister during the wedding scene. We didn’t get all the jokes, but enough of them.

The show ended with the same finale as in the film, to rapturous applause, with Donna, Rosie and Tanya in classic ABBA clothes singing Dancing Queen and then being joined with the three guys for Waterloo (this wasn’t translated and still in English).

It was a brilliant night, I have been singing the songs (well, the English versions) all day today.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nigel & Tessa
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 23:01:10

    This has to be one of the best shows – always leaves the audience feeling happy and, like you said, the songs are totally infectious!! A great show to see in a group too! Glad you were well enough to get out – great recovery incentive.


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