Mamma Mia! Is Ten Years Old

Earlier this month, Mamma Mia! celebrated its tenth anniversary. If you forgot all about it, don’t worry. We put your name on the card.

The musical premiered on April 6th, 1999 in London’s West End. Two years later, it debuted on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre. It replaced Cats.

Besides Broadway and the West End, Mamma Mai! productions have sprung up in Las Vegas, Toronto, Boston and Washington D.C.

Besides Broadway and the West End, Mamma Mia! productions have sprung up in Las Vegas, Toronto, Boston and Washington D.C.

If you can’t make it to London or New York, you can always buy Mamma Mia! Las Vegas Tickets and see it there.

The musical is the brainchild of producer Judy Craymer and is directed by Phyllida Lloyd. The book was written by playwright Catherine Johnson. It’s very unusual for a successful theatrical production to be spearheaded by three women. Of course that may explain why Mamma Mia! features so many strong female characters.

When Land of Punt says successful theatrical production, it means successful—as in more than one sellout. According to estimates, over 30 million people have bought Mamma Mia! tickets and the musical has grossed over $2 billion dollars.

Then, in 2008, someone had the bright idea filming Mamma Mia! but the awful idea of letting Peirce Bronson sing. Who casts James Bond in a musical?

Phyllida Lloyd directed Mamma Mia! the Movie.  Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson helped produce the film

Phyllida Lloyd directed Mamma Mia! The Movie. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson helped produce the film

However, the cinematic version of Mamma Mia! is just as successful as its theatrical counterpart. It’s the highest grossing British-made film ever and the United Kingdom’s highest grossing film of all-time. Worldwide, Mamma Mia! is the highest grossing movie musical in the history of cinema.

Mamma Mia! was able to accomplish all this despite featuring the music of ABBA.

Mamma Mia is a jukebox musical, meaning its score is comprised of previously released music. While it wasn’t the first jukebox musical to grace a stage, it certainly deserves the blame for making them popular.

It’s so popular that productions have sprung up just about everywhere. Even Hawaiians—at least those who wish to take a break from paradise—can get themselves some Mamma Mia! Honolulu tickets and shum to the tunes of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, ABBA has sold over 370 million records worldwide.

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, ABBA has sold over 370 million records worldwide.

A quick L.O.P. aside: Björn and Benny (the two “B’s” in ABBA) were begrudgingly involved in the development of the show. Ann-Frid Lyngstad (one of the “A’s” in ABBA) was a financial backer. And Agnetha Fältskog (the last “A” in ABBA) sold programs in the lobby.

The best description Land of Punt found of Mamma Mia! is “a Three’s Company plot set to the music of ABBA.” That’s a fitting description although it makes it sound more intellectual than it really is.

It’s also been called musical theater for those who don’t like musical theater. L.O.P. agrees with that observation but only if you have ovaries—Mamma Mia! has zero testosterone. The movie is the quintessential chick flick.

Still, L.O.P. encourages fans of musicals to partake in Mamma Mia! either live or on video. Mamma Mia! Dallas tickets offers Texans a chance to see the musical without undergoing the horror of watching Meryl Streep dance around in overalls.

It's not an accident Meryl Streep is in the highest grossing musical of all-time.

It\’s not an accident Meryl Streep is in the highest grossing musical of all-time. She knew long before the cameras started rolling that Mamma Mia! The Movie was going to be a huge hit.

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