But that early spring evening in London, it was still a completely unknown quantity. They were literally out of their seats and singing and dancing in the aisles — and they still are. Every night. And now, they are doing so all around the world. It has become a global entertainment phenomenon, which has now been seen by over 60 million people worldwide, in over major cities. A production that opened in Shanghai in marked the first time a first-class production of a Western musical has been produced in Chinese; following its run there, it toured throughout China. As for the original flagship production, it continues to delight audiences at the Novello Theatre, where it opened in September following record-breaking runs at the Prince Edward Theatre and Prince of Wales Theatre.
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MAMMA MIA! show history
The lyrics revealed a roller coaster story of love and loss that struck me as extraordinarily theatrical, but how was I to bring this to life? I may have driven my neighbours to despair but as time passed I became more and more certain of my idea. In my tenacity finally paid off. A year later I was on location with a film I was producing when the director mentioned Catherine Johnson. I was aware of her work as a playwright and, even better, I knew her agent. We discovered we all shared the same birth-year and soon firmly bonded. It was unusual, if not unheard of, for three women to be the collaborative creative force behind what was to become such a commercial success.
MAMMA MIA! a truly original musical
Mamma Mia! The Movie is a jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Catherine Johnson based on the musical of the same name , also written by Johnson, which itself is based on the songs of pop group ABBA , including the title song , with additional music composed by ABBA member Benny Andersson. The plot follows a young bride-to-be who invites three men to her upcoming wedding, each one with the possibility of being her father. Principal photography primarily took place on the island of Skopelos , Greece from August to September The film was distributed by Universal Pictures. A sequel , titled Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! The title of the musical is taken from the group's chart-topper " Mamma Mia ". Ulvaeus and Andersson, who composed the original music for ABBA, were involved in the development of the show from the beginning. Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been involved financially in the production and she has also been present at many of the premieres around the world.