Mamma Mia! at the Alte Oper: Thank you for the songs


    On a small island by the name of Viggsö two men searching for the formula for the perfect song. In a wooden house on the Swedish island that can be reached from Stockholm by boat, tinkering time and again to sound and chord progression, against which all resistance is futile. Because you have no Notation before they play their ideas on guitar and Piano, creating Songs that are catchy like children’s songs. Once heard, never forgotten. Even today, over 40 years later, listening to it in amazement the results of this musical exams. Received with titles such as “Dancing Queen,” “S. O. S.”, “Waterloo”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You” or “Mamma Mia” for a long time into the collective Pop memory, and have their creators Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus not only fabulous wealth, but also eternal fame introduced. This is likely to be due to a certain part of the very catchy name of your Band, even small children immediately ABBA can say.

    Christian Riethmüller

    editor in the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

    F. A. Z.

    The timelessness of these songs is one of the reasons for the sensational success of the musical “Mamma Mia should!” since its world premiere in London in 1999. More than 60 million people since then, have now all over the world played stage work seen. With the same 22 Anderson/Ulvaeus compositions in the Luggage can go nothing wrong with the Jukebox Musical is much more than just a Hit-is the vehicle.

    milestones for a stand-alone Story

    The English theatre producer Judy Craymer had succeeded, the initially rather skeptical musicians Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the idea of a musical with the old ABBA-convincing Hits. The two composers had feared a nostalgic Revue, but Craymer didn’t want to tell the story of ABBA, but a stand-alone Story in which the Songs serve as milestones. This story, the author Catherine Johnson, and drew for the Plot of your book, in turn, in the case of the charming film Comedy “Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell” (1968).

    Instead, in Italy, playing the action but on a Greek island, where the single mother Donna Sheridan runs a small tavern. Sophie, their daughter, is shortly before the wedding with Sky. Prior to the marriage, Sophie comes up with the idea to want her until now unknown father, meet new people, which makes for some hustle and bustle. For the paternity of three of the men in question, like Sophie in the secret study of the diaries of their mother’s found out: the American architect Sam, the British Ex-Punk, and now Banker Harry and the Australian travel writer Bill. So Sophie invites all three to the island to inform, of course, without their mother. After the sudden appearance of three lovers who has not seen it all for 21 years, at the edge of a nervous breakdown, before you even your old Friends Tanya and Rosie, with whom they once formed the singing trio “Donna and the Dynamos,” only with effort can keep. Until the Irrnisse and Quagmires resolve to the General, well pleased, for some love triangle, and for many of the earwigs.