A new Chinese language version of the ABBA hit musical Mamma Mia! will open in China in June 2011. Mamma Mia! China will be the thirteenth foreign language production of the show and will mark the first time that a blockbuster contemporary musical has been presented in Chinese within China itself.

The new production will begin its casting process later this year with auditions in August, November, and January. Interested performers will be able to submit applications via the official website for Mamma Mia! China. The auditions will be open to Chinese speaking candidates worldwide. Additionally, the website will serve as a mechanism for selecting the Chinese creative team for the production.

The musical uses the songs of ABBA. It follows the story of a 40-something mother planning her daughter's wedding -- unaware that the girl has invited three men who might be her father.

The show has music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, is written by Catherine Johnson, and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

For further information, visit: www.mamma-mia.com.