Calling all dancing queens! HERE WE GO AGAIN – The all time favorite musical set in a mystical Greek island and featuring ABBA’s most iconic hits is back in North America for its 25th anniversary!! It’s time to break out your denim jumpsuit, platform shoes and feather boa as you join the dancing queens and the bride-to-be Sophie for her ABBA-scored walk down the aisle! Mamma Mia! is coming to Los Angeles to weave ABBA’s greatest hits into a hilarious and heartwarming story set on a Greek island paradise. Who’s ready to be transported back in time and sing along to the 1975 chart-topper “Mamma Mia”?! Guaranteed to deliver a night of fun, joy and laughter, the 25th anniversary of Mamma Mia! at the Pantages Theatre should absolutely not be missed! You can dance, you can jive and have the time of your life!
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“The multigenerational love story promises a happy ending for young and old” – Artshub
“Night after night, audiences are having the time of their lives at MAMMA MIA!” – Broadway World
“One of the world’s most successful and recognisable musical titles” – London Theatre
The feel-good show tells the story of single mother Donna, struggling to cope with her young daughter Sophie’s looming marriage on a small island in Greece. Sophie has always dreamed of a white wedding, with her father giving her away at the altar (I HAVE A DREAM). Before the wedding, Sophie has made it her quest to find out who her father is. But the problem is, Donna fell into the arms of three charming lovers in Greece twenty years ago. So, Sophie has got three possible dads, and has invited them all to the island for the wedding (HONEY, HONEY). There’s a catch – the three men, who are called Harry, Sam and Bill, have absolutely no idea that they have a child. What could possibly go wrong?!
Harry, Sam and Bill believe that they were invited to the picturesque island simply for a wedding but later learn that they’ve been summoned back to Kalokairi (a fictional Greek island) for another, rather unexpected reason: their potential daughter. Donna was just as surprised as they were (MAMMA MIA).
Donna is a tavern hostess who was the former lead singer of the 1970s rock chick band called “Donna and the Dynamos.” When her former bandmates – Rosie and Tanya – arrive at the island for the wedding, they exchange fond memories and talk about how life has unfolded for them (MONEY, MONEY, MONEY). Told through the timeless tunes of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation that has audiences dancing in every corner of the globe.
“The 65 million tickets sold worldwide are a testament to the popularity of this smash-hit phenomenon – let alone the two box office smashing movies it inspired.” – Timeout
Mamma Mia! is a musical production that was written by British playwright Catherine Johnson. The jukebox musical is based on songs from the Swedish pop-dance group ABBA and composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, who are members of the band. Ulvaeus and Andersson have been involved in the creative development of the production from the very beginning. Meanwhile, singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad contributed financially to the show and she has also attended many of the premieres around the world.
The show features designs by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, as well as musical supervision, extra material, and arrangements by Martin Koch.
The show is produced by Craymer, Richard East, and Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal. Amy Jacobs of Bespoke Theatricals is the executive producer in association with Work Light Productions.
History and Awards
The title of the production was taken from ABBA’s 1975 chart-topper “Mamma Mia”. The entire show is based on the iconic songs of ABBA, who were active from 1972 to 1982. They are known as one of the most internationally recognized (and loved!) pop groups of all time, dominating the charts in Europe, North and South America and Australia, time and time again.
The show opened its door in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre on the 6th April 1999, and made its way to the Prince of Wales Theatre on the 9th June 2004. It played there until September 2012, when it relocated to the Novello Theatre in London. The musical then opened up across the pond on Broadway at the iconic Winter Garden Theatre on the 18th October 2001. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast, the original cast members included Siobhan McCarthy, Lisa Stokke, and Hilton McRae.
As of fall 2017, it was hailed as the ninth longest-running Broadway production and the longest-running jukebox musical in Broadway history. WOW! To date, Mamma Mia! has been performed in more than 50 different countries in all 6 continents of the globe, and has even been adapted into a hugely successful movie! Since premiering in the West End, the musical has been showcased in 16 languages and amassed more than $4 billion in revenue. More than 65 million people have seen the production around the world, and it has even set the bar for premiering in more cities quicker than any other musical in history!!
“From the moment they stepped on the stage they had the crowd captivated, making the audience laugh with their careful gestures and quirks and their show stopping number, “Dancing Queen,” which had audience members singing, clapping and dancing along. Both confident, strong women captured the stage, both with their own numbers, “Does Your Mother Know” and “Take A Chance On Me,” making audiences wish that they were the protagonists of the musical. As every show should, Mamma Mia! ended with a standing ovation and dancing to a high-energy number of ABBA’s greatest hits, “Mamma Mia,” and “Dancing Queen.” The show left audiences with a smile on their faces and songs in their heads.”
– Daily Trojan