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MAMMA MIA! 100%
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY 22.5%
BENNY ANDERSSON 50%
BJÖRN  ULVAEUS 50%
AND SOME SONGS WITH STIG ANDERSON 22.5%
BOOK BY 22.5% CATHERINE JOHNSON 35%
 
MAMMA MIA! WAS ORIGINALLY PRODUCED IN LONDON
BY JUDY CRAYMER, RICHARD EAST AND BJÖRN ULVAEUS
FOR LITTLESTAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNIVERSAL. 22.5
 
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
& ARRANGEMENTS 22.5%
MARTIN KOCH 35%
 
MUSIC PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP AND *
EMI GROVE PARK MUSIC INC. AND EMI WATERFORD MUSIC INC. 22.5
 

*NOTE: For productions outside of the United States and Canada, this line should read as follows:

MUSIC PUBLISHED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP  22.5

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Mamma Mia!

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
AUDIO SAMPLER1
KEYBOARD1 - CONDUCTOR SCORE1
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK30
PIANO VOCAL SCORE1

Production Resources

Resource
KEYBOARD PATCH SOLUTIONS
LOGO PACK
PRODUCTIONPRO
REFERENCE RECORDING

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASS
DRUMS
GUITAR
GUITAR 2
KEYBOARD 2
KEYBOARD 3
KEYBOARD 4
PERCUSSION
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a teen's search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise.
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Show Essentials
13
Roles
+ Ensemble
PG
Rated
2
Acts
Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Large 21 And Up
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Heavy

Show History

Inspiration

Mamma Mia!, with a book by Catherine Johnson and music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Bjrn Ulvaeus, is a musical based around the music from the band ABBA, of which Andersson and Ulvaeus were both members.  Active between 1972 and 1982, the Swedish pop/dance group is one of the most popular international groups of all time, with hits that spanned the charts of Europe, North America, and Australia.

The musical came to fruition under the idea of theatre producer Judy Craymer.  After seeing the 1983 musical Chess, on which Andersson and Ulvaeus also wrote the music, she asked to sit down with them and talk about future plans.  When she heard their song "The Winner Takes It All," she realized the theatrical potential of the group's pop songs.  Though the composers were initially not enthusiastic about the idea, they commissioned her to go forward with their work.  Craymer then recruited playwright Catherine Johnson to write the book, and took on Phyllida Lloyd as the director of the original London production.

Mamma Mia! premiered on the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre on April 6, 1999.  It has been extremely successful and underwent two different location transfers (to the Prince of Wales Theatre in June 2004 and to the Novello Theatre in September 2012); it continues to play to full houses to this day.  Toronto was the first city to produce the show after premiering in London, with a production that ran from May 22, 2000 to May 22, 2005.

The musical made its debut in the United States at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, California on November 17, 2000.  On February 26, 2001, the production moved to the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles, and then to the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago on May 13 of the same year.  Mamma Mia! moved further east to open on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 18, 2001.  One of the most popular shows on the Great White Way, it is still being performed to this day, though it transferred to the Broadhurst Theatre for performances starting November 2, 2013.

The first North American tour started in Providence, Rhode Island in February 2002, and, like the London and Broadway productions, still runs to this day.  Mamma Mia! premiered in Las Vegas at the Mandelay Bay on February 2003, running until January 2009.  Though the designs are being used for productions in Brazil, the show plans to return in Las Vegas in 2014.

Mamma Mia! has been performed in more than 40 countries across five continents, including:  Arab Emrites, Belgium, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa.  The first non-English production started in Hamburg, Germany on November 3, 2002.  Many international tours have run over the past ten years, though the one currently running started in Dublin on September 9, 2004.

Cultural Influence

  • Mamma Mia! has grossed $2 billion worldwide since premiering in 1999.
  • Over 54 million people have seen the musical in 40 different countries.
  • It is said that on any given day, there are at least seven performances of the musical being performed around the world.
  • The Broadway production is currently the tenth-longest running musical in Broadway history.
  • Mamma Mia! has brought a renaissance to ABBA's music. Following the London premiere in 1999, the album ABBA Gold topped charts in the United Kingdom for the second time in fifteen years.
  • The London production of the musical was one of the first times three women (producer Judy Craymer, book writer Catherine Johnson, and director Phyllida Lloyd) collaborated on a creative team. Its immense commercial success has been significant to the image of female creators in musical theatre.
  • In June 2005, the Las Vegas production played its 1000th performance, becoming the longest-running West End or Broadway musical to ever play in Vegas.
  • Mamma Mia! has premiered in more cities faster than any musical in history.
  • Mamma Mia! has been translated into fourteen languages, including:German, Japanese, Spanish, Danish, French, and Chinese.
  • The show is the first major musical to play concurrently in three German cities, with productions at Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Essen all running in 2007.
  • The Chinese premiere at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on July 11, 2011 was the first time a contemporary Western musical was presented in Chinese in Shanghai.
  • A film adaptation of Mamma Mia! was released in July 2008. Featuring much of the creative team from the original London production, it starred Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Pierce Brosnan.

Critical Reaction

"Mamma Mia! flies as tuneful as a lark and as smart as a cuckoo. It offers one of those nights when you sit back and let a nutty kind of joy just sweep over you [...] The true hero is British playwright Catherine Johnson, who took all these songs and cobbled a cohesive book around them. Genius." - The New York Post

"A  triumph, passionate and sharp [...] The beauty of Judy Craymer's original idea and the irresistibility of Johnson's book lie in the mutual enrichment between the characters and the Abba songs. Ulvaeus's eloquent lyricism can slide by unnoticed behind Benny Andersson's infectious musical arrangements, but Johnson simply read the songs' words in order to write their innate emotional dramas seamlessly into the narrative songs and story help each other." - The Telegraph

"The show is pleasing as it passes and it certainly features a generous swath of songs that caught the world's fancy during the '70s and '80s." - Theatermania

"The theatrical equivalent of comfort food." - The New York Times

"A certified hit [...] a giddy guilty pleasure." Variety

Tony® Award

2002 - Best Actress in a Muscial, Nominee (Louise Pitre)
2002 - Best Book Of A Musical, Nominee (Catherine Johnson)
2002 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Judy Kaye)
2002 - Best New Musical, Nominee (Mamma Mia!)
2002 - Best Orchestrations, Nominee (Martin Koch, Björn Ulvaeus, and Benny Andersson)

Drama Desk Award

2002 - Outstanding Actress in a Muscial, Nominee (Louise Pitre)
2002 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Karen Mason)
2002 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Judy Kaye)

Outer Critics Circle Award

2002 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Louise Pitre)
2002 - Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Nominee (Mamma Mia!)

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