The International Musical Sensation
June 14 - August 24, 2019

Over 60 million people have seen this worldwide phenomenon and for its 25th Anniversary Season, Way Off Broadway is bringing this international sensation to the Frederick stage for the very first time.
In this mega-hit musical, ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
Turning the chart-topping songs of ABBA into a stage musical was the idea of English producer Judy Craymer, who began work on the production in 1997. Two years later, Mamma Mia! premiered in London at the Prince Edward Theatre. Since opening, the production has continued its London run, having transferred to different theatres over the years, making it the seventh longest running show in West End history.
Mamma Mia! made its U.S. debut in San Francisco, followed by runs in Los Angeles and Chicago before finally arriving on Broadway in the fall of 2001. After 12 years at the Winter Garden Theatre, Mamma Mia! transferred to the Broadhurst, where it played through its final performance on September 12, 2015. After 14 years on Broadway, the show closed having played almost 5,800 performances and receiving five Tony Award nominations.
Over the years, a number of popular stage veterans have starred as Donna Sheridan including Louise Pitre, Dee Hoty, Carolee Carmello, and Beth Leavel. Meryl Streep appeared as Donna in the 2008 film adaptation of Mamma Mia! – a role which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
Since it was created, Mamma Mia! has played in more than 50 countries on six continents, grossing over $2 billion worldwide. On any given day, there is at least one performance (usually more) of Mamma Mia! being performed somewhere around the world.

Originally Conceived by JUDY CRAYMER
Show Rating: PG

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