is written by Catherine Johnson
and is inspired by songs written by the legendary music band ABBA
. The title of the play itself is taken from one of their hit songs but the play is completely fictional. Judy Craymer
, one of the most successful musical producers of all time met Benny Andersson
and Bjorn Ulvaeus
, members of ABBA who were composing a song titled The Winner Takes it All
. It was this song that convinced Craymer that ABBA’s tracks could be translated into a musical. Catherine started to work on the book on Judy’s advice and Phyllida Lloyd
became the director of the play. Mamma Mia!
is a story about a girl Sophie
who is about to get married and she wants her father to walk her down the aisle on her wedding but there is a catch, she doesn’t know who her father really is. Then one day she comes across her mother’s personal diary which has details about her flings with three different men. Those inscribes convinces Sophie that one of the three men is her biological father so she invites them to the wedding by writing each a letter and signing them off by her mother’s name. Her mother Donna
has no idea about what her daughter is up to so the arrival of the three men triggers a story of confusion, lost love and numerous twists and turns by the end of which their lives will never be the same again. Mamma Mia!
made its debut at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre
April, 1999 where it ran for staggering five years non-stop until it was moved to the Prince of Wales Theatre
in 2004. That run from 2004 is still being continued to this day to become one of the longest running shows in history. The London production has not only won an Olivier Award
but has also received rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
After unprecedented success in London, Mamma Mia!
made its way to the U.S. making its debut at the Orpheum Theatre,
San Francisco then moving on to LA, Illinois and then finally to the majestic Winter Garden Theatre
, Broadway. The Broadway run started on 18th
October, 2001 and is still going as strong as ever with fans still queuing up to buy Mamma Mia! tickets
. This epic run has created records and is now one of the top ten longest running shows in Broadway history. The musical debuted at the Mandalay Bay Hotel
in 2003 and closed in 2009 thus becoming the longest running show ever in Las Vegas.
The theatrical response has turned it into an international sensation with Mamma Mia!
being produced and performed in sixteen different languages in some of the grandest theaters of the world. It has also been converted in various tours that are performed in different languages to become a true global sensation. Well over forty million fans have bought Mamma Mia! tickets
to watch and be mesmerized by this spectacular play. Mamma Mia!
has been a spectacle worth seeing over and over again. Over the course of its run at every venue around the globe it has left its mark for showing the world what makes theater so magnificent. It has grossed over a whooping two billion dollars thus cementing its place as one of the most successful musicals of all time. Fans, this extravaganza is on tour again so grab your Mamma Mia! tickets
for an evening you won’t forget in a hurry.
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