It’s the final curtain call for the “Dancing Queens” of Mamma Mia. After 12 years on the Great White Way, the ABBA-inspired musical will shut down production on September 5. I guess theatergoers were no longer answering their “S.O.S”
“‘Mamma Mia!’ has celebrated a passionate 14-year love affair with New York City,” creator and global producer Judy Craymer said in a statement. “I am thrilled that ‘Mamma Mia!’ has brought the music of ABBA to Broadway and so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful actors, musicians, stage managers, crew, front of house staff and the other people of the theatre who have given their professional lives and souls to be part of the ‘Mamma Mia!’ family and adventure on Broadway. And a huge thank you to our fans who have come from all over the world to see the show.”
With 5,582 performances clocked in, Mamma Mia ranks as the eighth-longest running show in Broadway history. It’s sandwiched in between Oh! Calcutta! and Beauty and the Beast.
Hollywood adapted the popular show for a feature film starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan. Minus the latter’s singing scenes, it was a fun little romp.
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