Mamma Mia! is truly a "super trooper" as the show celebrates its 14th birthday on the West End stage. The worldwide hit announced their extension at the West End's Novello Theatre to April 5, 2014 as the show enters its 15th year.
Originally opening at London's Prince Edward Theatre on April 6, 1999 before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre on June 3, 2004, Mamma Mia! has danced its way into audiences hearts on the West End. The show reopened at its current West End home, the Novello Theatre, on September 6, 2012. Mamma Mia! has been seen by over 50 million people in 37 productions in 14 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office worldwide. "You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life" at Mamma Mia! on Broadway, too, which opened in 2001. Mamma Mia! is also the highest-grossing movie-musical worldwide.
Mamma Mia! tells the story of bride-to-be Sophie's search for her father as her wedding day approaches. After looking through her mother's diary, Sophie invites three unknowing could-be fathers to her wedding in order to find the right one. Subsequently, mother Donna must confront her past loves in order to find true love. To the tune of the timeless songs of ABBA, the Tony-nominated Mamma Mia! tells a story of family and friendship. Mamma Mia! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch. It is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East, and Björn Ulvaeus.
The West End cast features Helen Hobson (Les Misérables) as Donna Sheridan, Joanna Monro (Blood Brothers) as Rosie, and Kim Ismay (Lautrec) as Tanya, with Gary Milner (Chicago) as Sam Carmichael, Neil Roberts (Elegies) as Harry Bright, James Gaddas (Spamalot) as Bill Austin, Charlotte Wakefield (Spring Awakening) as Sophie Sheridan, Andreas Gyllander (La Cage aux Folles) as Sky, Abiola Ogunbiyi (Hair) as Ali, Tasha Taylor Johnson (Starlight Express) as Lisa, Steven Oliver (Cats) as Pepper, and Liam Doyle (After the Turn) as Eddie. At certain performances, the role of Donna Sheridan is played by Claire Poyzer (Fame).
If you want to "see that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen," visit the website for Mamma Mia! here.