Novello Theatre – Mamma Mia! Booking Period Extension

Mamma Mia!  The Musical has been extended from Monday 29 April 2013 to Saturday 26 October 2013 at Novello Theatre, London.

Night after night, audiences are having the time of their lives at MAMMA MIA!. Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny story of love, laughter and friendship has been thrilling London audiences for over 10 years. More recently it became the biggest British hit movie of all time when the three women who created the worldwide stage smash hit adapted it for the silver screen.   Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs, from ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Take A Chance On Me’ to ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’, MAMMA MIA!’s enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they last visited 20 years ago…

Over 40 million people worldwide have been dancing in the aisles to this sensational musical, and London is where it all began back in 1999. So who will you bring to experience the joy and exhilaration of MAMMA MIA! with you?

Mamma Mia! moves to the Novello Theatre in September 2012

The smash hit musical Mamma Mia! will transfer from Prince of Wales Theatre to the Novello Theatre in September 2012.

Judy Craymer producer of this show said: “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.”

Night after night, audiences are having the time of their lives at MAMMA MIA!. Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny story of love, laughter and friendship has been thrilling London audiences for over 10 years. More recently it became the biggest British hit movie of all time when the three women who created the worldwide stage smash hit adapted it for the silver screen.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs, from ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Take A Chance On Me’ to ‘Super Trouper’ and ‘Thank You For The Music’, MAMMA MIA!’s enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past to the island they last visited 20 years ago…

Over 40 million people worldwide have been dancing in the aisles to this sensational musical, and London is where it all began back in 1999. So who will you bring to experience the joy and exhilaration of MAMMA MIA! with you?

Mamma Mia! has been extended until March 2011

Mamma Mia! at Prince of Wales Theatre London has been extened their run until 26th of March 2011.

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads.  And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
 
Over 40 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show!

Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! 

CAST – LONDON, UK

Sophie Sheridan   NIAMH PERRY
 
Ali   JODIE READ

Lisa   LAURA SELWOOD

Tanya   JANE GURNETT

Rosie   KATY SECOMBE

Donna Sheridan   SALLY ANN TRIPLETT

Sky   OLIVER J. HEMBROUGH

Pepper   BEN HEATHCOTE

Eddie   SAM MACKAY

Harry Bright   PAUL RYAN

Bill Austin   CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS

Sam Carmichael   NORMAN BOWMAN

Father Alexander   GERARD LEIGHTON DUFFY

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The New London Cast for MAMMA MIA!

The new London cast for MAMMA MIA! at the Prince of Wales Theatre has been announced. The cast will be headed by Sally Ann Triplett as ‘Donna Sheridan’, with Katy Secombe as ‘Rosie’ and Jane Gurnett as ‘Tanya’. Norman Bowman will play ‘Sam Carmichael’, Paul Ryan ‘Harry Bright’, Christopher Hollis ‘Bill Austin’, Niamh Perry ‘Sophie Sheridan’, Oliver Hembrough ‘Sky’, Jodie Read ‘Ali’, Laura Selwood ‘Lisa’, Ben Heathcote ‘Pepper’ and Sam MacKay ‘Eddie’. At certain performances the role of ‘Donna Sheridan’ will be played by Melissa Jacques.

New cast members Sally Ann Triplett, Katy Secombe and Norman Bowman are all West End musical stars with many shows to their credit. Christopher Hollis has made many television appearances including EastEnders, The Bill, A Touch of Frost and Brookside. Niamh Perry was a recent finalist on I’d Do Anything on BBC, competing for the role of ‘Nancy’ in the current production of OLIVER!

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Mamma Mia! Celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary in London Westend

Before a packed celebrity audience at The Prince of Wales Theatre, which included two of the original band members of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, “Mamma Mia!” celebrated it’s 10th anniversary in London on Monday 6th April 2009. The musical originally opened on the 6th April 1999 at The Prince Edward Theatre before a very clever move to shift London’s top musical to re-open the newly refurbished Prince of Wales Theatre on 3 June 2004.
“Mamma Mia!” has now been seen by over 40 million people worldwide and there are productions in Denmark, Thailand, Slovakia, Italy, Japan, Norway, as well as many other countries the show has visited.  In the USA the show opened on Broadway just after the 2001 World Trade Centre tragedy and was the ideal tonic for New Yorkers who could come out of the theatre on a high. There followed a tour of the USA which is ongoing.

“Mamma Mia!” – the movie, premiered in London on the 30th June 2008 and became the biggest grossing British movie of all time and it’s success was followed by the release of the DVD which became the fastest selling DVD of all time in the UK and of 2008. The movie soundtrack then became the biggest selling compilation of 2008. Despite what some people may think, the release of the movie has only made the live stage show even more popular and the demand for seats is just like it was 10 years ago.

There is nothing like the original live stage show – experience it for yourself NOW and order your tickets from Key2Theatre.co.uk while they are still available. “Mamma Mia” is complete escapism and is the perfect night out to wash away the doom and gloom of the current climate. You too could be THE DANCING QUEEN!

Mamma Mia! is currently booking until 27th March 2010.

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Mamma Mia! Reviews

“It is 25 years ago to the night since Abba won the Eurovision song contest and it is part of the cheekiness of Mamma Mia! that Waterloo is the one song you keep expecting to hear but never do. Practically every other Abba hit is here. And like the songs, the evening is catchy, enjoyable, melodic but overall a bit bland… Part of the fun is in guessing in which order the songs will pop up and in admiring the ingenuity of the book’s author, Catherine Johnson, in bending the scenario to the lyrics, although even she seems flummoxed by what to do with Supertrooper and Dancing Queen. It’s an immensely good-humoured affair with the feelgood factor of a brief Greek island holiday, and its greatest strength is in sending up its own naffness. “Why have they all turned up? It’s like some horrible trick of fate,’ observes Siobhan McCarthy’s Donna on the arrival of her former lovers. ‘It’s very Greek,’ replies her friend Rosie. It’s pretty good too on the hairdrier- and hairbrush-as-microphone joke. But it is far naffer than it thinks it is, and although Phyllida Lloyd’s production and Mark Thompson’s design provide value-added class, they are slightly at odds with the emotional tug of the piece, which is more seventies disco than nineties cool and which often mistakes the emotional pull of melody for the real thing. It is a rare moment when situation, music and lyric come together…” The Guardian

“…This is no throwback concert or weak-kneed compilation. The lovely surprise of a thoroughly enjoyable new musical with two dozen old Abba songs is a proper story which exploits the jangling, nostalgic score to great effect… The songs of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus are linked to dramatic scenes and encounters neatly devised by the playwright Catherine Johnson. Phyllida Lloyd’s production is far happier than previous attempts to hijack the pop music of, say, the Kinks, or even Madness, to the musical stage. Much as I quite like Abba’s carefully-crafted, anthemic songs – I’ve discoed bravely to Dancing Queen in my time, like the rest of you – they do have a branded, poppy sameness about them. But we can now relish their calculated melody, up-front beat and surging tingle factor… Miss McCarthy sings her heart out and brings amazing expressive range to the lyrics. A comparatively unknown song such as Slipping Through My Fingers becomes a poignant mother and daughter duet. The time is today, with a shadow of the past flitting across designer Mark Thompson’s white Greek walls and deep blue sky, where a fishing boat named Waterloo lurks nearby. Lisa Stokke and Andrew Langtree are fresh and delightful as the kids on the brink. The nostalgia factor rises in Anthony van Laast’s Mediterranean jive choreography. And watch out for Jenny Galloway and Louise Plowright as Donna’s old friends from the rock era. Those girls not only mean business. They deliver it, no messing.” The Daily Mail

“…What makes the musical – a tacky but ridiculously enjoyable wallow in some of the most mind-bending songs ever recorded – is the cheek with which each number is cued up. An actor only has to say: “Here I go again” or: “I don’t want to talk” and the whole cast is off on yet another Number One record, the audience whooping with recognition even before the orchestra kicks in… Mostly this is camp tosh with terrible jokes… The songs never stop and Catherine Johnson’s book linking them up is quite shameless. Still, it works and Abba fans will go berserk for it. So take a chance on me and go for a laugh.” The Express

“Thank you for the musical. Mamma Mia! is heaven for Abba fans and a bit of fun for everyone… The show does not pretend to be anything other than a collection of the Swedish super group’s old hits. A wedding on a Greek island for a girl who was the product of a holiday romance provides the backdrop. But it is just a flimsy excuse to sing together a selection of songs that topped the charts back in the 70s… Every corny cue for a song was greeted by cheers and applause… The blushing bride to be, who sets out to find which of her mother’s three former lovers is her dad, is sweetly played by Lisa Stokke. Siobhan McCarthy is wonderful as her feisty mum and comes close to stopping the show belting out Winner Takes It All. It is funny and feel-good and keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek. The hits come thick and fast and no frills are necessary… Thank you for the music. Thank you for the musical…” The Mirror

“Even between consenting adults, there are certain predilections to which one does not lightly confess. In my case, a fondness for Shirley Temple’s movies is one such. Now it is joined – herewith vanishes my social life – by the fact that I actually enjoyed Mamma Mia!, the new musical based on the Abba songs of the 1970s. People have been ostracised for less, and many of my heretofore dearest friends will cast stones at me. Still, the charm of Mamma Mia! is not inconsiderable. Not least the music, which has an effusive innocence and open-hearted exuberance almost extinct in the modern musical. Real pop music of this sort is so much more appealing, so much less pretentious, so much more suitable for infectious theatrical entertainment than the tawdry bombast of most Lloyd Webber and all Boublil-Schonberg. Abba’s music (music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus) has certainly been overrated; but – and I speak as one who turned away from pop music in my early teens in 1970 – Mamma Mia! proves that Abba have been underrated, too. Songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Just One Look” burst upon your senses, sweet and instantly sensational. The show’s makers ironise about these Abba songs right, left and centre. Every other time a character starts to sing one of the famous numbers, the timing is so shameless that the audience chortles. But not for long. Even when the staging goes deliberately retro and evokes Abba’s old costumes and makes a Big Number out of something like (say) “Super Trouper”, something big and simple rises through the thick fabric of the music and transcends the archness and campness of the situation… Part of the fun turns out to be the sheer suspense of finding how on earth 22 Abba songs can fit into all this; but nine out of 10 do. Catherine Johnson has given the story just enough emotional depth and dramatic variety to hold the attention, and just enough transparency to suit the songs. And, yes, irony. Admittedly, the most exuberant occur in Act One; and Act Two ends very low-key. But then, like Saturday Night Fever, when the plot is over, the show enters its own 1970s pop nirvana and explodes into one hit reprise after another… As for the staging, its best features are Mark Thompson’s simple and flexible sets, and the central performance of Siobhán McCarthy as Donna, bringing the same ardent naturalness to both singing and her role… Phyllida Lloyd and her choreographer, Anthony van Laast, elicit generally good performances all round. Jenny Galloway and Louise Plowright make much of their roles as Donna’s old girlfriends. You shouldn’t take Mamma Mia! seriously: which is precisely why it proves to be one of the few good musicals on the London stage today.” The Financial Times

“…By the standards, though, of those K-Tel compilation West End musicals, Catherine Johnson’s book does a nifty integration job with an original plot involving a young girl on the verge of mat marriage and her relationship with her mother when she discovers that any one of three men could have fathered her. The real drama, however, is less between the characters on stage than between the audience of fans and the music. A defiantly camp note is struck from the opening announcement: “We’d like to warn people of a nervous disposition that platform boots and white Lycra will be worn in this production.” The show proceeds as though the fans have generously donated the songs to it for the evening and will sit there ready to exult at each deliriously outrageous way the makers engineer the next opportunity for a ditty… The island setting allows for camp underwater dream sequences of a Jacques Cousteau- meets- Esther Williams variety. But there are also moments of heartfelt feeling as when McCarthy helps the daughter dress for her nuptials and sings, in pulsing voice, “Slipping Through My Fingers”, here a lovely lament for the way one’s children continually elude one until they finally leave. Phyllida Lloyd’s handsome production generates a terrific mood of airborne silliness and the songs, a curious mix of the buoyant and the haunting, are genuine golden oldies. Abba is pop’s pithiest palindrome and, whichever way you read it, Mamma Mia! looks like being a hit.” The Independent

“A BRILLIANT NIGHT OUT!
There is a very clever irony about how they’ve worked hit after hit into a hilarious story. I really didn’t realise how much I loved ABBA’s music until I saw this show.” Chris Tarrant, Capital Radio

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“YOU CAN DANCE, YOU CAN JIVE, HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE…”

Due to high demand, a special sing-along edition of MAMMA MIA! – THE MOVIE has been released in the U.S. and U.K. in selected movie theatres for a limited engagement. Audiences at these specially selected cinemas are invited to bring friends and family to experience the movie musical in a whole new way by singing along to the songs they love.

MAMMA MIA!: The Sing-Along Edition will feature the lyrics to every musical number on the screen including familiar favourites like “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” “Voulez-Vous” and all the others from the film!  (www.mamma-mia.com)

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