Backstage at Mamma Mia! (Photo: Jessica Daley)
Backstage at Mamma Mia! (Photo: Jessica Daley)

A day in the life of Mamma Mia!

Published April 2, 2014

The life of a Mamma Mia! starlet is not all sparkling rhinestones, eye-wateringly bright Lycra and the catchiest pop songs. It’s a grind bringing the high energy, toe-tapping, crowd-pleasing ABBA musical to the West End stage, and has been for the last 15 years.

At least, that’s what we thought until we asked former Over The Rainbow contestant Jessica Daley, currently playing Ali in the London long-runner, to give us an insight into life on the imagined Greek island where a young girl is looking forward to her wedding… before her three possible father’s turn up to complicate the matter.

Now we’ve seen Daley’s pictures, taking us from a sleepy dressing room giggles, it looks like the cast enjoy the show almost as much as the audience which, to be fair, is as it should be:

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 1

“Rise and shine for a 2 show day. Prep in the form of Ready Brek, a Berocca and a good old cuppa!”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 2

“My commute this morning includes a walk over Waterloo bridge, a beauty of a day!”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 3

“Pre warm-up in the dressing room.”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 4

“With the man himself, our awesome Musical Director Marcus Savage, before warm-up onstage.”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 5

“Let’s get physical in warm-up.”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 6

“Some of the cast, in our glorious theatre, during vocal warm-up.”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 7

“Achieving the minimal-makeup, sun-kissed look.”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 8

“With my pals Emma Crossley (who plays Sophie) and Katy Osborne (second cover Lisa/swing) before the show for a quick Sophie, Ali, Lisa photo.”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 9

“Act One beginners in the wing with our legend of a Stage Manager, Neil Copley aka Kylie.”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 10

“It’s Hen Party time with Sophie and Lisa!”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 11

“Interval dance party at Act 2 beginners with Dianne Pilkington (Donna), Richard Trinder (Sam), Kim Ismay (Tanya) and the rest of the gang.”

 

Jessica Daley's Mamma Mia diary 12

“Naughty bridesmaids before Sophie’s wedding.”

 

If Jessica’s backstage pictures have piqued your interest, you can buy tickets for Mamma Mia! from us.

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