Melbourne will be the first city in Australia to see Mamma Mia, when the ABBA musical jets into the Princess Theatre June 9, 2001. Tickets (top price: $81) won't go on sale to the general public until March 1, 2001.
Casting for Mamma Mia! began in Sept. 2000, but no casting announcements have yet been made. Judy Craymer, Richard East and Bjorn Ulvaeus for Littlestar will produce, in association with Universal and Dainty Consolidated Entertainment.
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 the love of her life, her mother is haunted by three different men who may or may not be her daughter's father.
Among the 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 "The Winner Takes It All."
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, currently artistic director of the National Theatre. 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.