Mamma Mia!, the ultimate feel-good show is an ABBA musical that made its third West End move when it transferred to the Novello Theatre from 6 September 2012. It is a captivating story that takes place on a Greek island paradise and shows how a daughter, on the eve of her marriage, endeavours to find out the identity of her father by bringing three men from her mother’s past back to the island that they last visited 20 years ago. It is a musical tale of love, laughter and friendship that has some beautiful ABBA songs such as Souper Trouper; Dancing Queen; Knowing me, Knowing You; and Thank You for the Music. More than 10 million people from all over the world have fallen in love with the story, the music and the characters of this extremely successful musical.
The musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and the insanely catchy songs of ABBA have been converted into a musical due to the bold initiative of Judy Craymer. This effort has brought rich dividends in every sense with box office figures for Mama Mia! breaking all records. The current cast has been chosen more for their singing talents than their acting abilities. The deficiencies in acting have been more than compensated by the purest of pop, the songs, a solid story and a Greek island setting which is perfect. It provides all that you can ask for and it is difficult for anyone not to fall for the twinkling charm of Mamma Mia!
The extremely successful musical hit was written by Catherine Johnson and composed by former ABBA members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. It opened in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre in April 1999 before it was transferred to the Prince of Wales in June 2004. Previously, it was booked until 20 October 2012 at the Prince of Wales but the final performance there was on 1 September 2012. The show has grossed over $2 billion worldwide and its film version was made in 2008 starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. The musical has become a global phenomenon with 11 productions playing around the world simultaneously, in places like Broadway, Las Vegas, Shanghai and an international tour. More than 50 million people have seen it in over 300 countries. It has been translated into 14 languages.