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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

Buy A Christmas Caroline for $10! "for those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit. A quick, enjoyable read...straight out of Devil Wears Prada"--The Wall Street Journal

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    Noooooo! Singalong “Mamma Mia”!

    By Kyle | August 20, 2008

    Abba-Dabba-D’oh! It’s too horrible to be true, and yet, here it is: news of a singalong “Mamma Mia!” When will this long international nightmare end? (And I say this as an actual ABBA fan. I dig the songs but my oh my, could the musical be any more embarrassing?)

    Topics: Movies, Music, Theater | 6 Comments »

    6 Responses to “Noooooo! Singalong “Mamma Mia”!”

    1. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      August 20th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

      @ Kyle. Can’t sing to save your life, eh?

    2. kishke Says:
      August 20th, 2008 at 5:42 pm

      Kyle, we expect a review of the sing-along edition.

    3. David A. Says:
      August 20th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

      Totally unrelated question but were you on the downtown 4/5 train around 6:30 PM today? There was some dude standing in front of me with a green plaid shirt, brownish khaki-ish pants, and brown shoes that for some reason made me wonder if that was THE Kyle Smith.

      That 2 sq cm. photo of you in the Post was really my only basis for the thought. But, then again, it’s only a 2 sq. cm. photo.

      Anyway, if it was you, I guess it was you.

      If not, then I spared myself an awkward moment on the train having to explain who in the world is Kyle Smith.

    4. kyle Says:
      August 20th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

      It was not I.

      Green plaid shirts are not in my shirting vocabulary.

    5. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      August 20th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

      Green plaid shirts are indeed not in Kyle’s shirting vocabulary. Now, if the fellow you saw had been wearing platform shoes with goldfish swimming in the heels, bright lemon loon pants, an “I’m On Sale At Yale” wifebeater, rhinestone shades and a deerstalker, you may very well have had your copy of “Love Monkey signed.

    6. David A. Says:
      August 21st, 2008 at 7:44 pm

      To kyle:

      It wasn’t a terrible shade of green, but I could see how one may get that impression, if you so did.

      It was almost a very stereotypical J. Crew look.

      Ah, well, I’m glad I sat in my seat keeping my thoughts to myself.

      Thanks for the reply.

      And I’ll give credit to Hunter–slight credit.

      I laughed.

      We’ll see if I laugh again.