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Mamma Mia!


Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!
featuring the songs of ABBA
Mamma Mia! at the
Prince of Wales Theatre, the venue for Mamma Mia! in London between 2004-2012
Music Björn Ulvaeus
Benny Andersson
Lyrics Björn Ulvaeus
Benny Andersson
Stig Anderson[1]
Book Catherine Johnson
Basis Songs of ABBA
Premiere April 6, 1999 – Prince Edward Theatre, London

1999 West End
2000 Toronto
2000 US Tour
2001 Melbourne
2001 Broadway
2002 North America Tour
2002 Hamburg
2002 Tokyo
2003 Las Vegas
2003 Utrecht
2004 Seoul
2004 International Tour
2004 Stuttgart
2004 Madrid
2005 Stockholm
2006 Antwerp
2006 Moscow
2007 Essen
2008 Film
2009 Oslo
2009 Mexico City
2009 Netherlands Tour
2009 Australia Tour
2010 South Africa Tour
2010 Milan
2010 Copenhagen
2010 Paris
2010 São Paulo
2011 Shanghai
2012 Buenos Aires
2012 Moscow
2013 Stuttgart
2014 New Zealand Tour*
2014 Vienna
2014 Las Vegas
2014 Helsinki
2014 Budapest*
2014 Royal Caribbean
2014 Prague*
2015 Warsaw*
2015 Belgrade*
2015 Zagreb*
2015 Ljubljana*
2015 Spain Tour
2016 Reykjavík*
2016 UK Tour

* Non-replica productions
Awards Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical

Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The title of the musical is taken from the group's 1975 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. Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been involved financially in the production and she has also been present at many of the premieres around the world.

The musical includes such hits as "Super Trouper", "Lay All Your Love on Me", "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "Take a Chance on Me", "Thank You for the Music", "Money, Money, Money", "The Winner Takes It All", "Voulez Vous", "SOS" and the title track. Over 60 million people have seen the show, which has grossed $2 billion worldwide since its 1999 debut. A film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Stellan Skarsgård and Julie Walters was released in July 2008.

The show currently has productions in the West End of London, as well as various international productions. Its Broadway incarnation closed in September 2015 after a 14-year run, effectively making it the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history.

A typical performance of Mamma Mia! runs for approximately two hours and 30 minutes, plus a 15-minute intermission.


  • Background 1
  • Productions 2
    • Original West End production 2.1
    • Original Broadway production performed in various major cities 2.2
      • New York City run 2.2.1
    • International and touring productions 2.3
  • Synopsis 3
    • Act I 3.1
    • Act II 3.2
    • Finale and Encore 3.3
  • Musical numbers 4
    • Notes on the music 4.1
  • Principal roles and cast 5
  • Film adaptation 6
  • Awards and nominations 7
    • Original West End production 7.1
    • Original Broadway production 7.2
    • Original North American Tour 7.3
  • Response 8
    • Box office and business 8.1
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The original home of Mamma Mia! The Prince Edward Theatre

Mamma Mia! is based on the songs of ABBA, a Swedish pop/dance group active from 1972–1982 and one of the most popular international pop groups of all time, topping the charts again and again in Europe, North America and Australia. Following the premiere of the musical in London in 1999, ABBA Gold topped the charts in the United Kingdom again. This musical was the brainchild of producer Judy Craymer. She met songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in 1983 when they were working with Tim Rice on Chess.[2] It was the song "The Winner Takes It All" that suggested to her the theatrical potential of their pop songs.[3] The songwriters were not enthusiastic, but they were not completely opposed to the idea.[3]

In 1997, Craymer commissioned Catherine Johnson to write the book for the musical. In 1998, Phyllida Lloyd became the director for the show.[3]


Original West End production

Mamma Mia! made its North American debut at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto

The musical opened in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre on April 6, 1999, and transferred to the Prince of Wales Theatre on June 9, 2004, where it played until September 2012, when it moved to the Novello Theatre.[4] Directed by Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Anthony Van Laast, the original cast featured Siobhan McCarthy, Lisa Stokke, and Hilton McRae.[5][6]

Original Broadway production performed in various major cities

Mamma Mia! on Broadway

Prior to the musical's Broadway engagement, it opened in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in May 2000, where it played for five years. Its US debut was in San Francisco, California, at the Orpheum Theatre from November 17, 2000 to February 17, 2001,[7][8] moving next to Los Angeles, California, at the Shubert Theatre from February 26, 2001 to May 12, 2001,[9] and finally to Chicago, Illinois, at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from May 13, 2001 to August 12, 2001.[10]

New York City run

The musical opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 18, 2001, after beginning previews on October 5. The director is Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Anthony Van Laast. It is currently the eighth longest-running Broadway show and the longest-running jukebox musical in Broadway history. On April 18, 2013, it was announced that Mamma Mia would transfer from its home at the Winter Garden Theatre to the Broadhurst Theatre later that year to make way for the musical adaptation of Rocky.[11] The show played its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 19, 2013 and began performances at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 2, 2013.[12]

It was announced on April 9, 2015 that the show would close on September 5, 2015.[13] On April 21, 2015, it was then announced that show would play an additional week and would instead close on September 12, 2015. Mamma Mia! played 5,773 performances on Broadway before closing.[14]

International and touring productions

Cirkus in Stockholm

Mamma Mia! has been played in more than 40 countries in all 6 continents, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lituania, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States, and has been translated into 20 languages: German, Japanese, Dutch, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Flemish, Russian, Norwegian, Italian, Danish, French, Portuguese, Mandarin, Czech, Polish, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, and Icelandic. Over 60 million people have seen the show worldwide and it has set the record for premiering in more cities faster than any other musical in history.

Mamma Mia! in Paris, France

The first city to produce the show after London was Toronto, where it ran from May 22, 2000 to May 22, 2005, being the North America premiere of Mamma Mia!.[15] The original cast included Louise Pitre as Donna and Tina Maddigan as Sophie, who both of them later reprised their roles in first US Tour and Broadway premiere.

Mamma Mia! played in Las Vegas, opening at the Mandalay Bay in February 2003 and closing on January 4, 2009.[16][17] In June 2005, Mamma Mia! played its 1000th performance in Las Vegas, becoming the longest-running West End/Broadway musical in Las Vegas. The clothes and scenarios from this production are now used in Brazil.[18] The show is scheduled to return to Las Vegas in 2014 at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino.

The North American tour started in Providence, Rhode Island in February 2002, and has since played more than 120 cities as of its 6th anniversary in 2008.[19]

Mamma Mia! Chinese production

The first non-English version of the show debuted in Hamburg at the Operettenhaus, where it ran from November 3, 2002 to September 8, 2007. With the productions of Stuttgart (2004) and Essen (2007), Mamma Mia! became the first major musical to play concurrently in three German cities.

The show has had (and in some cases, still has) permanent productions in London, Toronto, Melbourne, New York, Hamburg, Tokyo (later transferred to Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya), Las Vegas, Utrecht, Seoul (later transferred to Seongnam and Daegu), Stuttgart, Madrid (later transferred to Barcelona), Stockholm (later transferred to Gothenburg), Antwerp, Moscow, Essen, Berlin, Oslo, Mexico City, Milan (later transferred to Rome), Copenhagen (later transferred to Aarhus), Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Vienna and Helsinki.

Since its premiere in Dublin on September 9, 2004 (with Helen Hobson as Donna) the international tour has visited more than 74 cities in 35 countries and has been seen by 4.3 million people. In addition there have been several touring productions worldwide, including Australia/Asia (2002–2005), Australia (2009-2010), China, France (2012-2013), Germany, Japan, Netherlands (2009-2010), North America (since 2002), Spain (2009-2011 and 2015-2017), South Africa (2010-2011), South Korea and United States (2000-2001).

Mamma Mia! Poster in Glorietta to promote the Manila-leg of the International Tour.

The Dutch actress Lone van Roosendaal has played Donna in three different countries and in three different languages: Netherlands (Dutch), Belgium (Flemish) and Germany (German).

The South African tour, conducted at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on August 11, 2010 and 3 months later at The Teatro, Montecasino in Johannesburg, featured an all local cast.

The Chinese production opened on July 11, 2011 at the Shanghai Grand Theatre and closed on January 18, 2012 at Shanghai Cultural Square afte a small tour, marking the first time that a blockbuster contemporary Western musical were presented in Chinese in Shanghai (there was a previous Chinese production of Beauty and the Beast in Beijing in 1999). It was seen by 250,000 people across six venues, with a total of 190 performances. Shadow Zen played the role of Donna.

Mamma Mia! at the Operettenhaus in Hamburg, Germany

On January 24, 2012, Mamma Mia! opened in

  • Official website
  • Mamma Mia Tickets
  • Mamma Mia! at the Internet Broadway Database
  • 2008 Moment of Thanks video by the cast of Mamma Mia! Las Vegas thanking the US Armed Forces

External links

  1. ^ Mamma Mia! Internet Broadway Database, accessed September 27, 2012
  2. ^ Craymer, Judy (October 2005). "A Truly Original Musical". Souvenir brochure. 
  3. ^ a b c Craymer, Judy (October 2005). "A Truly Original Musical". Souvenir brochure. 
  4. ^ West End's MAMMA MIA! Will Move to the Novello Theatre
  5. ^ 'Mamma Mia' listing, accessed February 6, 2010
  6. ^ " 'Mamma Mia!' review",Billboard, April 10, 1999, accessed February 7, 2010
  7. ^ Winn, Steven. "Mamma's' a guilty pleasure for ABBA fans despite its weaknesses", The San Francisco Chronicle, November 18, 2000, p. B1
  8. ^ "TIME OUT; Fyi", Contra Costa Times (California), December 30, 2000, p.D01
  9. ^ Welsh, Anne Marie. "Pop musical takes a chance on Abba, and it works", The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 1, 2001, p. E2
  10. ^ "B.O. off; 'Monty' suits up", Variety, LEGIT GROSSES; Road; June 4, 2001 - June 10, 2001, p.30
  11. ^ "Broadway's 'Mamma Mia!' Will Transfer to The Broadhurst Theatre", Retrieved 18 April 2013
  12. ^ " 'Mamma Mia!' to Play Final Performance at Winter Garden Theatre on October 19; Begins at Broadhurst on November 2", Retrieved 15 July 2013
  13. ^ "Broadway Record-Breaker 'Mamma Mia!' to Close", April 9, 2015
  14. ^ "Broadway's Mamma Mia! Will Close Later Than Expected", April 21, 2015
  15. ^ "Long-running Toronto Mamma Mia! to close", 18 de marzo de 2005
  16. ^ Weatherford, Mike. "Musical 'Mamma Mia!' rate high in camp value", Las Vegas Review-Journal, 21 February 2003, p. 4J
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew."Vegas Mamma Mia!, with Johnson, Extends to January 2009". Playbill. 7 January 2008
  18. ^ a b Craymer, Judy;  
  19. ^ BWW News Desk. " 'Mamma Mia!' US Tour Hits 2500th Show Tonight", February 27, 2008
  20. ^ Oliver Oliveros (2012-01-25). "MAMMA MIA! In Manila Extends Till 2/19". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  21. ^ "Mamma Mia! will be staged at the CCP from January 24-February 12, 2012 | The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
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  27. ^ Gans, Andrew. Becomes Ninth Longest-Running Show in Broadway History March 6"Mamma Mia!", March 6, 2014
  28. ^ Gans, Andrew (2008-09-04). "Mamma Mia! to Become 16th-Longest Running Show on Broadway". Playbill, Inc. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  29. ^ Brown, Isemene. "Mamma Mia! Moscow falls for Abba." The Daily Telegraph. 18 October 2006. Retrieved on 29 October 2011.


On any given day, there are at least seven performances of Mamma Mia! being performed around the globe. On May 15, 2005, Mamma Mia! surpassed the original Broadway runs of The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Damn Yankees with 1,500 performances.[18] On March 6, 2014, it surpassed Rent to become the 9th longest-running Broadway musical of all time with 5,124 performances. [27][28] When Mamma Mia! opened in Russia, it received a very positive response.[29] As of January 2008 "Mamma Mia!" became the longest daily running show in the history of Russian theatre.

Box office and business


Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2003 Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Non-Resident Production Nominated
Touring Broadway Award Best Musical Score Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Won

Original North American Tour

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2002 Tony Award Best Musical Nominated
Best Book of a Musical Catherine Johnson Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Louise Pitre Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Judy Kaye Nominated
Best Orchestrations Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Martin Koch Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Louise Pitre Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Judy Kaye Nominated
Karen Mason Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Production of a Musical Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Broadway Musical Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Musical Louise Pitre Nominated
Theatre World Award Outstanding Debut Stage Performance Louise Pitre Won

Original Broadway production

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
1999 Evening Standard Award Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical Nominated
2000 Laurence Olivier Award Best New Musical Nominated
Best Actress in a Musical Siobhan McCarthy Nominated
Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical Jenny Galloway Won
Louise Plowright Nominated
2002 Grammy Award Best Musical Theater Album Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus; Original Cast Nominated

Original West End production

Awards and nominations

Mamma Mia! was adapted as a film, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, written by Catherine Johnson directed by Phyllida Lloyd and with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Benny Andersson as executive producers. Meryl Streep stars as Donna Sheridan and Amanda Seyfried as Sophie and Pierce Brosnan as Sam Carmichael. The movie also features Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård and Julie Walters. It premiered July 18, 2008, in the US. Most of the songs remained intact with the exceptions of "Under Attack", "One of Us", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", and "Thank You for the Music". "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was used as the wedding music and "Thank You for the Music" is sung during the second half of the end credits. The first half is occupied with a "Dancing Queen" reprise and "Waterloo", with a "Mamma Mia" reprise and "I Have a Dream" sung before the credits (though the latter is sung as Sophie mails the invitations at the start of the film). "When All Is Said and Done", a song not used in the musical, was added for the film sung by Sam, Donna, and the company. "Our Last Summer" was used earlier in the movie, with Sophie, Bill, Sam, and Harry singing it. "The Name of the Game", while filmed, was subsequently edited out of the film for the final cut. The song is included in full on the motion picture soundtrack - an abbreviated version of the song and scene appear on the DVD/Blu-ray as a supplement. In addition, "Thank You for the Music" is used as a hidden track, and is performed by Amanda Seyfried.

Film Cast
Donna Meryl Streep
Rosie Julie Walters
Tanya Christine Baranski
Sam Pierce Brosnan
Bill Stellan Skarsgård
Harry Colin Firth
Sophie Amanda Seyfried
Sky Dominic Cooper

Film adaptation

Character Original London Cast Original Broadway Cast
Donna Sheridan Siobhán McCarthy Louise Pitre
Rosie Jenny Galloway Judy Kaye
Tanya Louise Plowright Karen Mason
Sam Carmichael Hilton McRae David W. Keeley
Bill Austin Nicolas Colicos Ken Marks
Harry Bright Paul Clarkson Dean Nolen
Sophie Sheridan Lisa Stokke Tina Maddigan
Sky Andrew Langtree Joe Machota

Principal roles and cast

In the Russian production the song "Happy New Year" is sung at the encore on New Year holidays shows.

In the Brazilian production, all three songs from the encore/finale were kept in English. Though "Waterloo" was adapted into Brazilian Portuguese, this version was never used and the lyrics are unknown.

The last three songs, performed as an encore/finale by the whole cast are: "Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo". The version of "Mamma Mia" used in the encore/finale is sung by the Company. The finale song Mamma Mia has been extended in theatres where Donna and the Dynamos had to go downstairs for taking the stage lift in Dancing Queen. Then, during the intro of "Dancing Queen", Donna, Tanya and Rosie join the Company (as the girl-power band "Donna and the Dynamos", wearing the ABBA's 70's colorful and flashy costumes). Sam, Bill and Harry join them during Waterloo, wearing male versions of the girls' ABBA's costumes. The Encore is included on the 5th Anniversary Cast Recording (commemorating said anniversary for the Broadway production).

Originally the outro after the encore was a 5-minute instrumental medley (in the style of the Ouverture and Entr'Acte) featuring Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), SOS, Voulez-Vous, Does Your Mother Know, Money, Money, Money and Dancing Queen. It was later replaced with the short Dancing Queen instrumental, still being used today.

The creators also intended to include "Just Like That", an unreleased ABBA song recorded in 1982. The song was apparently dropped just before the first public previews in March 1999, though it was listed in the program available during the preview period.

The wedding march that is played as Sophie walks down the aisle is a slower arrangement of "Dancing Queen".

In the German production, Sky (Bernhard Forcher) sang a few lines of "King Kong Song" before starting "Lay All Your Love on Me". Niklas Riesbeck uses the same song in the Swedish production. Andrey Kozhan sang a few lines of Summer Night City in the Russian production. In the international tour version, Sky (David Roberts) sings a few lines of "She's My Kind of Girl", a Björn & Benny song. In the 2015 International tour version, Sky (Justin Thomas) sings a few lines of "Dum Dum Diddle".

Donna hums a few lines of "Fernando", when she repairs the doors of the taverna just before she sees her three former lovers. In the Mexican production Donna sings a few lines of the original ABBA's Spanish version of the song.

During the preview period in London, the musical had the song "Summer Night City" just after the prologue. The "Summer Night City" scene was a wedding rehearsal and during the song, Ali, Lisa, Tanya, and Rosie arrived on the island. Now, part of the song is used as underscoring to connect the end of "The Winner Takes It All" and "Take a Chance on Me". You can also hear a couple of lines of "Summer Night City" in the 'Entr'acte' (the most noticeable line is: 'Time to breathe and time to live').

Notes on the music


Musical numbers

After their final bows to the audience, which are set to an instrumental version of "Does Your Mother Know", the cast performs the following songs together: "Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo", featuring Donna, Tanya, Rosie, Sam, Bill, and Harry in ABBA-inspired costumes; they often invite the audience to clap, dance, and sing along.

Finale and Encore

Suddenly, Sophie calls a halt to the proceedings. She is not ready to get married and Sky agrees with Sophie about not getting married. Sam seizes his chance and proposes to Donna in order to prevent the wedding preparations from going to waste. He explains that he loved her, even when he left to get married. It is revealed that he called off the wedding with his fiancée and came back to the island, only to be told that Donna was going out with another man (Bill). He went back, married his fiancée and had children but he got divorced. Surprisingly, Donna accepts ("I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"). In the end, Sam and Donna are married, and at the end of the night, Sophie and Sky depart on a round-the-world tour ("I Have A Dream") .

The wedding begins, with Donna walking Sophie down the aisle. Before the priest has a chance to begin the ceremonies, Donna acknowledges to everyone that Sophie's father is present. Sophie tells her mother that she knows about her father. Donna realizes that Sophie invited them to the wedding for that very reason. The issue of Sophie's parentage is left unsettled, as none of them have any idea whether they are actually her father. Everyone involved agrees that it does not matter which one of them her biological parent is, as Sophie loves all three and they are all happy to be "one-third of a father" and a part of her life at last. Finally, Harry, who has made frequent references to his "other half" throughout the show, is revealed to be in a committed gay relationship.

Rosie is making final preparations in the taverna when Bill arrives. He's upset because he has received a note that Donna will be walking Sophie down the aisle. Bill reaffirms his commitment to the single life, but Rosie has become attracted to him, and urges him to reconsider ("Take a Chance on Me"). They are about to have sex in the taverna, but the guests arrive, leaving Rosie quite stunned.

Harry offers to Donna to pay for the wedding, and they reminisce about their fling ("Our Last Summer"). Sophie arrives and Donna helps her get dressed. She cannot believe her daughter is going to be a bride ("Slipping Through My Fingers"). Donna admits that her own mother disowned her when she learned that she was pregnant. They reconcile and Sophie asks her mother if she will walk her down the aisle. Sam arrives and tries to speak to Donna again, but she does not want to see him, and asks him to leave. He refuses, and a bitter confrontation ensues. Donna tells Sam that he broke her heart, presumably when she found out he was engaged ("The Winner Takes It All"). It emerges that the two still love each other dearly, albeit against Donna's better judgment.

Sky finds out what Sophie has done in inviting Sam, Harry and Bill to the wedding. He accuses her of wanting a big white wedding only so that she can find out who her father is. He's very hurt that she kept this plan a secret from him. He storms off just as Sam walks in. Sam tries to give Sophie some fatherly advice by describing his failed marriage ("Knowing Me, Knowing You"), but Sophie isn't consoled.

At the beach, Harry asks Tanya what the father of the bride ought to be doing for Sophie's wedding. Tanya explains that for her part, her father gave her his advice and then paid. Pepper, one of the guys who works at Donna's taverna, makes advances to Tanya, but she rebuffs him ("Does Your Mother Know").

Sophie's upset, and Donna assumes that Sophie wants to cancel the wedding and offers to handle all the details. Sophie is offended and vows that her children will not grow up not knowing who their father is. As Sophie storms out of the room, Sam enters and tries to tell Donna that Sophie may not be all she seems, but Donna won't listen ("One of Us"). She hates Sam; at the end of their affair, she said she never wanted to see him again. But it seems that Sam was the man Donna cared about the most, and both of them wish they could go back to the start ("SOS"').

(Entr'acte) Sophie's having a nightmare, involving her three possible fathers all fighting for the right to walk her down the aisle and wakes up despairing ("Under Attack").

Mamma Mia! at Broadway On Broadway

Act II

Afterward, everybody crashes the hen party (including the guys from the stag party). During the dance, Sam pulls Sophie aside and tells her he has figured out why she invited him. He knows he is her father and promises to walk her down the aisle the next day. Then, Harry approaches Sophie, apologizing for being so slow on the uptake; he is also convinced that she is his daughter and promises to walk her down the aisle. Sophie leaves the party, hopelessly confused; she does not want to turn any of them down ("Voulez-Vous").

Sophie asks Bill to walk her down the aisle, but Bill wants to discuss it first with Donna. This has been her secret, after all. But no one knows yet that even Donna does not know who the father is, because she slept with the three men in such swift succession. Sophie insists they must not tell Donna anything ("The Name of the Game") and finally, Bill agrees.

At Sophie's hen party, Donna and the Dynamos don their old costumes and perform a song, "Super Trouper". Sam, Bill, and Harry accidentally walk in on the party, and the guests persuade them to stay ("Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"). Sophie first pulls Sam out of the room to talk to him. After he asks why he is here, she is overcome with guilt and goes to talk to Harry instead. But Harry asks if Sophie's father is at the party, and she tells him the whole truth. Lastly, she draws Bill aside to talk with him. She learns that Bill has an aunt Sophia who left all her money to Donna's family. Bill learns that Donna built the taverna with money she inherited from a friend she lived with when Sophie was a baby; that friend was Bill's aunt. They both think this means he is her father.

Sophie had hoped she would know her father the moment she saw him, but is now only confused. She tries to tell her fiancé, Sky, how she feels without confessing what she has done. Sky tells her he will be the only man she ever needs ("Lay All Your Love on Me").

Later that day, Sophie's three possible fathers arrive: Sam (an American architect), Harry (a British banker), and Bill (originally an Australian writer and adventurer, Swedish in the film, and currently American in New York and on tour). Sophie convinces them not to tell Donna that she invited them ("Thank You for the Music"). Donna is surprised to see her ex-lovers ("Mamma Mia") and leaves in tears. Donna, crying, explains to Tanya and Rosie the situation, and they cheer her up ("Chiquitita"). Tanya and Rosie try to convince Donna that she can still be the girl that she once was ("Dancing Queen").

The day before the wedding, Donna begins receiving guests at her taverna. The first to arrive are her old best friends, Tanya, a rich woman who has been married and divorced three times, and Rosie, an unmarried, carefree woman. The trio used to be a girl group called "Donna and the Dynamos". The three women catch up and talk about how their lives have been ("Money, Money, Money").

On the Greek island of Kalokairi, 20-year-old Sophie is preparing to marry her fiancé, Sky. She wants her father to walk her down the aisle ("Prologue") but does not know who he is. Sophie discovers her mother's old diary and finds entries which describe intimate dates with three men (Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin (Anderson in the film version), and Harry Bright) ("Honey, Honey"). Sophie believes one of these men is her father and, three months prior to the wedding, sends each an invitation to her wedding, writing in the name of her mother, Donna, without letting the unsuspecting mother know.

Before the curtain rises, the orchestra starts playing the overture, which is a montage of instrumental versions of some of ABBA's hit songs.

Act I


The musical is performed on sailings of Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas. Unlike other cruise ship performances of musicals, the show is performed in its entirety.

On June 15, 2015 in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, premiere of Slovene production took place in Križanke Outdoor Theatre as a part of Ljubljana Summer Festival (Poletni festival Ljubljana). [26]

The Belgrade, Serbia - Terazije Theatre (Pozorište na Terazijama) premiere was on March 27, 2015.[24] [25]

On February 21, 2015, the musical premiered in Warsaw, Poland at Roma Musical Theatre.[23]

In Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, the musical had its premiere on December 12, 2014. Czech is the fifteenth language in which the musical was performed. At the date of the premiere a record 70,000 tickets were sold.[22]

A New Zealand tour production of Mamma Mia opened at the Auckland Civic Theatre on March 4, 2014, featuring an all new set design by John Harding. International theatre star Deliah Hannah played Donna, and popular New Zealand entertainment icon Jackie Clark plays Rosie. The NZ tour visited 10 cites in 2014 and 2015.

[21] The show features Sara Poyzer as Donna Sheridan and Charlotte Wakefield as Sophie. The cast also included Kate Graham (Tanya), Jenny Dale (Rosie) and David Roberts (Sky).[20]

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