Single tickets for London's hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia! go on sale in Toronto March 20. The Canadian presentation, the show's North American premiere, begins performances at the Royal Alexandria May 11 with an original closing date set for September 10.
Tickets are $93-$25. To reserve, call (416) 872-1212 or 1-800-461 3333.
Although not the 1999 Olivier Award winner for best musical, Mamma Mia has broken British box office records and routinely sold out every performance, making it the most sought-after ticket in London. It did garner an award for its female stars Jenny Galloway, beating out her co star Louise Plowright.
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. In structure, it resembles Saturday Night Fever, another London-born musical built around already existing hits by a popular singing group -- in that case, the disco kings, The Bee Gees.
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." The latter ballad is fashioned as a melodramatic, eleven o'clock number for the musical's star, Siobhan McCarthy, a West End veteran who has appeared in Evita , Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables. Benny Andersson and Bjorn 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.