The music first won fans on disco-era dance floors. Twenty years later, this surprise smash hit captured hearts on its way to becoming the toast of Broadway.
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' musical phenomenon is now playing. A sell-out sensation on four continents, Mamma Mia! is set to dazzle ABBA fans on its nationwide tour.
With 22 of ABBA's greatest hits ingeniously woven into a hilarious and enchanting story involves one mother, one daughter, three possible dads and one trip down the aisle you'll never forget.
A mother confronts her past as three men return to an idyllic Greek island they've not visited for 21 years just as her 20 year old daughter is about to be married, Mamma Mia! has audiences singing and dancing each time the curtain goes up.
Mamma Mia! features the Billboard Top 20 hits: "The Winner Takes It All," "Take a Chance on Me," "S.O.S.," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," "The Name of the Game," "Does Your Mother Know," and the number one hit "Dancing Queen."
On Tuesday, April 6, 1999, traffic in central London came to standstill for the world premiere performance of Mamma Mia! as celebrities and critics poured into the Prince Edward Theatre. The reception was rapturous. At the curtain call the entire audience rose and began singing and dancing in the aisles. This sunny, funny storybook musical took London by storm. The British critics were enchanted and theatregoers clamoured for tickets. Mamma Mia! went on to break every known London Box Office record and not a single ticket has gone unsold since the opening. Mamma Mia indeed!
On Tuesday, May 23, 2000, Mamma Mia! received its North American premiere at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Canada. The show, attended by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid 'Frida' Lyngstyd, took Toronto by storm. Every Box Office record has been smashed and the engagement extended indefinitely.
The much-anticipated U.S premiere performance was held on Friday, November 17, 2000 at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre. In a blaze of media interest, Mamma Mia! once again brought audiences cheering to their feet. News of the show's sensational American debut was carried around the world and every Box Office record was smashed. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that, "with grosses of about a million bucks a week, Mamma Mia! is one of the biggest hits in the city's history."