Mamma Mia is closing on Broadway!
It will close in September 2015 on Broadway-after 14 years.
II always have had had mixed feelings about this musical -but it's still sad to see it go. Although I live in the US, I never got to Broadway to see it- though I did catch it in it's Boston run prior to the New York opening. If not for Mamma Mia- ABBA's profile in USA would probably be considerably lower. When the musical closes it will be the eighth longest running musical in Broadway history with over 5000 performance over 14 years.
Björn Ulvaeus, announced on April 15, 2015 that he will produce a immersive theatrical show to be called “Mamma Mia! The Party,”.It will be staged inside a Stockholm beer hall that he is converting into a Mediterranean restaurant similar to the Skopelos tavern, used as a setting in the film and the play. He called the Stockholm venture an experiment and said that if it was successful, he would seek to expand it into other cities. It will open in January.“I’ve been sitting in theaters around the globe since we started, and have experienced that happy mood in the audience, where people stand up in the aisles and dance and sing, and I hear constantly about women who gather and have ‘Mamma Mia!’ Saturday nights,” Mr. Ulvaeus said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “This is the next extension from that: transfer the mood to a restaurant – a Greek restaurant, of course – have a gigantic party, and tell a little story in real time.” So Bjorn told the New York Times. The show will open on Skansen in or near the Stockholm amusement park called Grona Lund, near ABBA-The Museum and near the Cirkus theater.
Bjorn said that the setting would be the same as that of “Mamma Mia!,” but that the story would change from night to night, based on interactions between performers and the audience. About a dozen performers would spin stories using Abba songs, some of which were used in “Mamma Mia!” and some of which were not.