created by Benny Andersson
and Bjorn Ulvaeus
featuring many Abba
songs. It tells the story of 20-year-old Sophie Sheridan
, who lives on a Greek
island in the taverna
run by her mother Donna Sheridan
, and who is about to get married to Sky
. She has found her mother's diary
and read the crucial dot dot dot
passages about three men her mother met on the island twenty-one years ago, each of whom could therefore have been her father
. She invites them all to the wedding
. The plot
unfolds from that, and it is a real plot, with the song
s slotted in smoothly and often in surprising places and voice
This smash hit is running at the Prince Edward Theatre in Old Compton Street, London; and has spread across the world.
Its name of course comes from Abba's 1976 hit single Mamma Mia, without an exclamation mark. The chorus of this begins:
Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again?