25 08 2012

MAMMA MIA! London will be holding a special Gala performance in support of BBC Children in Need, at the show’s new home, the Novello Theatre, on Wednesday 12 September 2012. The night will include special guest appearances by BBC Radio 2 presenters Vanessa Feltz, Anneka Rice and Penny Smith. Sir Terry Wogan will be there to mark this special night, along with a celebrity-packed audience to help celebrate MAMMA MIA!‘s third London home.

MAMMA MIA! originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999, before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre on 3 June 2004. Performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre will end on 1 September. The musical will re-open at the Novello Theatre on 6 September 2012.


Custom MAMMA MIA! M&M Candy Unveiled in Times Square

30 07 2012

The legendary bite sized candy M&M’S® announced today that MAMMA MIA! is now the only Broadway musical whose logo visitors to the M&M’S® store in Times Square may custom print on their special chocolate buttons. All “Big Apple” souvenirs should taste this good!

Mars Retail Group unveiled a new personalized printer at M&M’S® World New York, which allows guests to create customized M&M’S® right in the store. Visitors can select from a variety of images and create customized messages that will be printed on M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies in about two minutes.

Guests can choose from 15 different colors and one mix blend, as well as select two images and create two customized messages to feature on their personalized M&M’S® blend. In addition to MAMMA MIA!, people will be able to select from images including the “Big Apple,” “I Love NY,” the Statue of Liberty, as well as the New York Giants, New York Jets, New York Yankees and New York Mets logos.

Each M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate personalized blend will be available in 10 oz., 12 oz., 16 oz. and 32 oz. containers starting at $19.99.

Now celebrating 10 smash hit years on Broadway, MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time anywhere in the world and is now 10th longest running show in Broadway history.

Seen by over 50 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 4,450 performances at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals. The current North American Tour has played over 4,000 performances in over 175 cities with 150 repeat visits. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its thirteenth year and has celebrated over 5,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 25 countries and been seen by over 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA!, produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

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Mamma Mia! to Move to the West End’s Novello Theatre

14 10 2011

Following record-breaking runs at the Prince Edward and Prince of Wales Theatres in London’s West End, the flagship production of the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! will move to the Novello Theatre in September 2012. 

To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by more than 50 million people in 34 productions in 14 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office. MAMMA MIA! The Movie is the highest grossing musical film and one in four households in the UK have the DVD. 

MAMMA MIA!‘s original creator and producer, Judy Craymer, said the following about the next step for the pioneering London production: “I am delighted that the original production of MAMMA MIA! will move to the stage of the beautiful Novello Theatre. It is a perfect space for the musical. The Novello is a gem of a theatre that perfectly suits the creative needs of MAMMA MIA!, and provides a comfortable and friendly experience for audiences in the heart of Theatreland.”

Mamma Mia! Broadway’s 10th longest running show

15 09 2011

Lisa Brescia receives an anniversary cupcake at the Mamma Mia! curtain call (© David Gordon)

The company of Mamma Mia! celebrated becoming Broadway’s 10th longest running show Wednesday, September 14 with a Magnolia Bakery cupcake giveaway and post-performance party.10 lucky audience members went home with special commemorative boxed cupcakes courtesy of Magnolia, which designed a special wedding-themed cupcake in honor of the musical.

Mamma Mia!, which performs at the Winter Garden Theatre, uses the songs of ABBA. It follows the story of a forty-something mother planning her daughter’s wedding — unaware that the girl has invited three men who might be her father. The show has music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, is written by Catherine Johnson, and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

Mamma Mia! Singalong Screening Set for NYC’s Ziegfeld Theatre

11 08 2011

Mamma Mia! Singalong Screening Set for NYC’s Ziegfeld Theatre on September 20

A special singalong version of the film Mamma Mia! will be held on September 20 at New York City’s Ziegfeld Theater. Ticketing information for the event will be announced shortly.

The film, which uses the hit music of the Swedish supergroup ABBA, is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, who also helmed the stage version. It stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried, and Dominic Cooper.

The Broadway version of Mamma Mia!  will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Winter Garden Theatre on October 18 with a special performance.

By: Brian Scott Lipton

Bjorn at GayGala 2011 – Stockholm.

15 02 2011

This years Gay Gala was held at Circus in Stockholm last weekend. Special guest were Peter Joback, Sara Dawn Finer , Tommy Korberg and a bloke in a rather camp Mamma Mia! costume!!!!

All of Cirkus stands, cheering and applauding, excitement lifted the roof when Bjorn Ulvaeus made his entrance to award the prize for  “Gay Person of the year” in a Mamma Mia! outfit! (“And I you cannot see his package. Mamma Mia!”) He thanked the  gay public on behalf of the members of Abba. He spoke of how Abba went from hot to not Cool. But there was a world in which their status always remained high, it was among the gay community. He wants to celebrate all that ‘unlimited love’ they felt through the years from the gay community.

This year’s “gay person of the year” is Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin! The photographer who “broke through” with controversial Ecce Homo, which recently revealed a photographic exhibition of Jerusalem on faith and sexual identity, regardless of religion.

2011 “Gay of the year”: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin

Tommy Korbeg

Mamma Mia! – Paris.

30 10 2010

Björn with his wife Lena attended the Paris gala premiere of Mamma Mia! last night

Mamma Mia! Leave them wanting more.

13 07 2010

PIERCE BROSNAN has addressed the speculation about another Mamma Mia! movie

Pierce who starred as architect Sam Carmichael opposite Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried in the 2008 hit Abba-themed movie says there have been rumours about a follow-up, but he has ruled out the idea. He says: “Leave them wanting more, less is more, and I don’t think we could top what we did the first time. It was such a phenomenal success.”

Mamma Mia! New Years Honours Lists 2010

3 01 2010

Mamma Mia director Phyllida Lloyd lands CBE in New Year’s honours

The woman who helped create the film and stage musical Mamma Mia!and smashed box office records leads a glittering showbusiness cast honoured today in the New Year’s Honours List.

Phyllida Lloyd, 52, made her feature film debut with Mamma Mia!, which was a hit first in the UK, then on Broadway, and eventually around the world.

She said of her CBE: “It’s a complete surprise. I hope the Queen is a fan of Mamma Mia! – I know that Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are fans.”

Ms Lloyd directed the cinema version in 2008, starring Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and featuring Abba tracks such as Dancing Queen and Take A Chance On Me.

Thank you for the music – Update

12 08 2009

ABTYFTM1Radio 2 today announces the first wave of glittering artists who will perform at the ‘Thank You For The Music: A Celebration Of The Music of Abba’ concert in London’s Hyde Park on Sunday 13 September 2009.

Presented by Radio 2 Drivetime host Chris Evans, the gig will be broadcast live on Radio 2, with contributions from two members of Abba, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and a performance by the full West End cast of the musical Mamma Mia!

Lulu will sing ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ on the night, Grammy Award-winning American singer-song writer Chaka Khan will perform ‘The Winner Takes It All’ .British band The Feeling will sing ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’. Texas front-woman Sharleen Spiteri will sing  ‘SOS’,  VV Brown will sing ‘Ring Ring’, BBC Radio 2 presenter  Elaine Paige will sing her classic 1985 hit duet ‘I Know Him So Well’ from the musical Chess, with the production’s original Svetlana, Siobhan McCarthy. Jodie Prenger will perform ‘One Of Us’.

Other artists performing on the night include Nerina Pallot (‘The Name Of The Game’), Christian Jon Billet (‘Anthem’) Beth Nielsen Chapman (‘Fernando’), The Benny Andersson Band, West End star Kerry Ellis with ‘You Have To Be There’ taken from Benny and Bjorn’s new musical production Kristina, Marti Pellow singing ‘One Night In Bangkok’ and Jason Donovan (‘I Have A Dream’).

Other hosts include long-time collaborator with Benny and Bjorn and multi-award winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice and Swedish actor and star of the hit movie Mamma Mia! Stellan Skarsgard.

The concert will also feature a performance by the full West End cast of the musical Mamma Mia! The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from 6.30-9.30pm.

Further artists and line-up details will be announced at a later date. Read the full article at the BBC