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Mamma Mia! soon to be here March 7, 2008

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece, Ballet Dance Opera, Stage & Theater.
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On the eve of her wedding, the daughter of a tavern-running Englishwoman who resides on a Greek island embarks on a quest to discover the identity of her father. She invites three men from her mother’s past back to the island, which they last visited 20 years ago. Named after ABBA’s all-time classic “Mamma Mia”, Catherine Johnson’s hilarious tale of love and friendship that has mesmerised over 30 million people since its London premiere in 1999 makes it to Athens in May for 24 shows.

A global smash hit that has played in 160 cities over the last eight years, grossing over 2 billion dollars in earnings, Mamma Mia! owes a great deal of its success to its soundtrack, which features ABBA pop chart-toppers “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Money, Money, Money” and “The Winner Takes It All”.

“Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s tunes wrote history in pop music. Our production wrote history in the musical theatre genre,” Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd points out.

Currently playing in London, New York, Las Vegas, Spain, Germany, Russia and Korea, the work’s Athens production is part of an international tour that has visited 22 countries since 2004. Ulvaeus, who was present at a February 19 press meeting, said that Greece is the ideal choice as the work’s protagonist Donna is a characteristic persona on every Greek island. He said that the work’s lasting appeal can be put down to a constant effort to keep it up-to-date and to include references to the country the work travels to every time.

Asked about the chances of witnessing an ABBA reunion in the near future, Ulvaeus said: “Who would want to see four 68-year-olds on stage?” He added that he is still surprised by the group’s lasting success over the years and referred to ABBA’s costumes as “an expression of bad taste at its height”, which nevertheless was in accord with the Eurovision contest dress code and the glamorous 1970s.

The Greek show of Mamma Mia! comes shortly before the official London launching on July 1 of the film Mamma Mia! starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and partly filmed in the Sporades islands, Greece.

Mamma Mia! > Badminton Theatre, Alsos Stratou, Goudi, Athens for 24 shows starting May 6. Tickets range from 20 to 85 euros and are available from Virgin Megastores, Ticketnet, 46 Kifissias Street, Athens, tel 210 8840600. Credit card reservations on 210 8840600 and www.ticketnet.gr

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