They're both bright and loud, a little cheesy, but a lot of fun — and most importantly, both have the same goal — making "Money, Money, Money."
Las Vegas and Mamma Mia! will team together to form a second sit-down staging of the mega-hit ABBA-based Broadway musical (the show has already spawned two U.S. national tours and a sell-out Broadway production). The new company of Mamma Mia! will begin performances at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where a sit-down Chicago once played, in February, 2003.
Like the Mandalay Chicago staging, which featured Ernie Sabella and other Broadway performers, Mandalay Resort Group's president and CFO Glenn Schaeffer is promising a New York-caliber production. His Group also manages the Luxor Las Vegas, which houses a company of Blue Man Group.
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. 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."
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 Bobby Aitken and musical supervision by Martin Koch.