Broadway's Mamma Mia! Will Close Later Than Expected

News   Broadway's Mamma Mia! Will Close Later Than Expected
 
The long-running production of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' international hit musical Mamma Mia! will now play its final performance Sept. 12, following 5,773 performances on Broadway. The original closing was scheduled for Sept. 5.

Mamma Mia! will close as the eighth longest running show in Broadway history. It premiered Oct. 18, 2001, at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it continued through Oct. 19, 2013. The production then transferred to its current home, the Broadhurst Theatre, on Nov. 2, 2013.  In its various productions the show has grossed a reported $2 billion worldwide.

Read: How Mamma Mia!'s Mamma Dealt With the Closing Announcement.

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Producer Judy Craymer told The New York Times: "I am thrilled that Mamma Mia! has brought the music of Abba to Broadway. And so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful actors, musicians, stage managers, crew, front of house staff and the other people of the theater who have given their professional lives and souls to be part of the 'Mamma Mia!' family and adventure on Broadway."

The hit musical had its London premiere April 6, 1999. It is now in its 16th year in the West End. It was adapted as a film in 2008 and grossed more than $144 million in the US alone, and currently holding the title of top-grossing musical film ever. Craymer told The New York Post that she "toying around" with the idea of doing a sequel.

With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. The production has choreography by Anthony Van Laast, production design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch. Mamma Mia! is Craymer's vision of writer Johnson's "sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolding on a tiny Greek island. 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 had last visited 20 years ago," according to press notes.

Songs include "Dancing Queen," "The Winner Takes It All," "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me."

The Broadhurst Theatre is located at 235 West 44th Street. For more information visit mammamianorthamerica.com.

Here are highlights from the musical, as compiled by Playbill Video:

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