ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Mamma Mia! in London’s West End this week.
Long considered one of the West End’s sunniest and most feel-good shows, the much loved musical originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999, before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004, and then to its current home, the Novello Theatre in 2012.
The special performance on 6 April was attended by 13 former ‘Dynamos’, including the original ‘Donna’, Siobhan McCarthy, and the original ‘Rosie’, Jenny Galloway, who joined the cast on stage for the Finale ‘Dancing Queen’. Also joining the stage for the curtain call were producer, Judy Craymer, director, Phyllida Lloyd, book writer, Catherine Johnson, and song writers, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.
From West End to global phenomenon, Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise has been seen live on stage by over 65 million people across the world and turned into two record breaking films.
Londoners will soon be able to experience MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, a new immersive theatrical and dining experience soon to open at London’s The O2.
MAMMA MIA! is booking to 7 March 2020 at the Novello Theatre, London.