Well, la de dah! Mamma Mia!, London's hit musical comedy, will get the royal treatment at Buckingham Palace June 3 as the only West End show invited to perform for Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Celebrations.
The troupe will perform several excerpts from the show including "Money, Money, Money," "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!," "I Have a Dream," "Mamma Mia!" and "Dancing Queen" at part of the pre-concert entertainment at the Party at the Palace. The London company of Mamma Mia! features Louise Plowright as Donna, Laura Michelle Kelly as Sophie, Paul Basleigh as Sky, Susannah Fellows as Tanya, Myra McFadyen as Rosie, Peter Forbes as Harry, Simon Slater as Sam and Rohan Tickell as Bill.
Mamma Mia! collects a couple dozen hit songs by the Swedish supergroup 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.
Andersson and Ulvaeus, the songwriting half of ABBA, previously wrote the musical Chess, which enjoyed an extended run at the Prince Edward in the 1980s in a production directed by Trevor Nunn (Oklahoma!).
Mamma Mia! is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. It is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and musical supervision by Martin Koch.