"The Winner Takes It All" is the appropriate title for a soon-to-be released ABBA DVD. An expanded version of a 1999 documentary on the Swedish supergroup who conquered the pop charts in the 1970s and now Broadway with Mamma Mia! is set for a Feb. 26 debut in US stores (the DVD is already available in the UK). Along with the expected material on the group's history, there are clips from Mamma Mia rehearsals and performances as well as a promotional featurette. Among those interviewed in the special is lyricist Tim Rice, who wrote Chess with ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus in the 1980's.
Mamma Mia! collects a couple dozen hit songs by ABBA and shapes them around the story of a single mother and her young daughter's marriage on a Greek isle. While the daughter plans her future with the love of her life, she and her mother are haunted by three different men who may or may not be her daughter's father.
Songs used in Mamma Mia! are such familiar 70s staples as "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "S.O.S.," "Take a Chance on Me" and, of course, "The Winner Takes It All."