Sing Along with Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia! is one of the world's best-loved musicals, thanks to its catalogue of catchy ABBA hits. This feel-good show tours over the world, receiving many positive reviews. It focuses on the story of Sophie, a 20-year-old woman set to marry her fiancé on the island of Kalokairi, in Greece. Throughout the show, she searches for her biological father so that he can walk her down the aisle. Packed with sing-along classics, colourful and uplifting sets and costumes, everyone leaves Mamma Mia! with a smile on their face. Pick up your Mamma Mia! Tickets from StubHub today!
The history of Mama Mia!
Mamma Mia! started life as a collaboration between the playwright Catherine Johnson and Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the songwriters behind the chart-topping band ABBA. The title of the musical comes from the band's famous 1975 album, and the show features many of the group's best-known songs, from "Take a Chance on Me" to "Dancing Queen".
Mama Mia! gained fame with the hit movie of the same name, which came out in 2008, starring Julie Walters and Meryl Streep. The first performance of the stage musical took place at the Prince Edward Theatre on April 6, 1999. It is now one of the longest-running and most popular musicals in history, with over 60 million people who have seen the show around the world, in the West End, on Broadway, and on various worldwide tours.
Notable performances and cast members
The lead role of Sophie belonged to Lisa Stokke in the original London show, and Tina Maddigan in New York, with Siobhán McCarthy playing Donna in the West End and Louise Pitre taking on the role on Broadway. McCarthy was nominated for a prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in 2000, and Pitre was nominated for a Tony Award in 2002.
Mama Mia! also won many other awards, such as the Touring Broadway Award for Best Musical Score. The show now tours internationally, with performances as far afield as Toronto, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, and Helsinki. The 2002 production shown at the Shanghai Grand Theatre was a particular hit, with 250,000 ticket sales and 190 performances; the script was translated into Chinese.
Shows similar to Mama Mia!
Fans of musicals will also love shows like the stage adaption of the classic chick-flick Dirty Dancing or the funny and irreverent Book of Mormon.