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What is «Mamma Mia!»: The story of a musical

October 7 2006

On 14 October in the Moscow House of Youth will be the next prime minister. Followed by such famous productions as «The Cats», «Queen» and «Nottre Damme de Paris» residents of the capital can see the musical «Mamma Mia».

The idea of the original play based on the songs of ABBA owned producer Judy Krammer. Together with former members of ABBA and composers of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. The song The Winner Takes It All marked the beginning of the musical future. As acknowledged himself a producer, an emotional song that tells the story of relationships, acquisition and loss of love immediately drew in her mind plot of

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In January, the 1997th was found screenwriter Catherine Johnson (famous playwright), the work on the boil. Co-producer was Richard East.

If we carefully listen to creativity ABBA, you'll notice that all the songs are divided into two broad categories: some youthful, fun - such as Honey, Honey, and Dancing Queen, and more mature, emotional - eg, The Winner Takes It All and Knowing Me, Knowing You. Therefore, staged in parallel with the history of love, the idea of another storyline - the relationship of generations.

Was directed by Phyllida Lloyd, thus, the three women created their first joint musical and the result is cheerful, ironic, romantic comedy, the plot is absolutely not connected with the band ABBA.

The plot is an interweaving of comedic situations, which emphasizes the cheerful music of ABBA, original costumes and witty dialogue heroes.

The action takes place on a sunny Greek island. A young girl Sophie is about to get married and dreams that the ceremony took place on all the rules. She wants to be invited to the wedding of his father that he took her to the altar. But she did not know who he was, as her mother, Donna never told about it. Sophie finds the diary of a mother in which she describes relationships with three men. Sophia decides to send invitations to all three!

The premiere took place on 6 April 1999, it was the anniversary of ABBA - exactly 25 years ago (1974) Swedish quartet won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Waterloo.

In London, the show enjoyed great popularity. Then in May 2000 premiere in Toronto. In late 2000, Mamma Mia was raised in San Francisco.

In the summer of 2001 in Melbourne, and in October premiere on Broadway.

The musical features 22 songs of ABBA: Honey, Honey | Money, Money, Money | Thank You for the Music | Mamma Mia | Chiquitita | Dancing Queen | Lay All Your Love on Me | Super Trouper | Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! | The Name of the Game | Voulez-Vous | Under Attack | One of Us | SOS | Does Your Mother Know | Knowing Me, Knowing You | Our Last Summer | Slipping Through My Fingers | The Winner Takes It All | Take a Chance on Me | I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do | I Have a Dream

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Tee songs skillfully woven into the storyline and are perceived in a completely new way, rather than in the original performance ABBA.

Over the years the songs of ABBA musical has become one of the highest-grossing productions in the world. It has been shown in more than 60 American cities, and the main company is constantly on tour. Soon there were versions in German, Japanese, Dutch, Korean, Spanish and Swedish. And now, in Russian. We will first evaluate the new production and of course tell you about all its pros and cons.

Vitvitskiy Alex


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