Mamma Mia! The Musical

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Björn Ulvaeus was born in 1945 in Gothenberg on the west coast of Sweden. After a successful local career in Sweden with a folk group in the mid ‘60s, he started his collaboration with Benny Andersson. They then went on to form ABBA with Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Even during the ABBA years, the idea of writing a musical seemed appealing and in 1981, Björn and Benny met Tim Rice and co-wrote Chess with him, which opened in the West End in 1986. In 1995 Björn and Benny opened a new musical in Sweden called Kristina Från Duvemåla, which played for three years in Sweden. In February 2002, the Swedish version of Chess opened in Stockholm.

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Bjorn Ulvaeus è nato nel 1945 a Gothemberg in Svezia.

Dopo una carriera di successo  con un gruppo Folk , a metà degli anni 60 iniziò la sua collaborazione con Benny Andersson. In seguito formarono il gruppo musicale ABBA insieme ad Agnetha Faltskog e Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Anche durante quegli anni l’idea di fare un Musical era uno dei loro progetti e nel 1981

Bjorn e Benny incontrarono Tim Rice e collaborarono per il Musical “Chess”, che debuttò nel 1986 nel West End. Nel 1995 Bjorn e Benny mandarono in scena in Svezia un altro Musical, ” Kristina Från Duvemåla “.

Infine nel Febbraio del 2002, la versione Svedese di “Chess”  arrivò a

Stoccolma.


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” Mamma Mia! ”

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads.
And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!


Una Madre.Una figlia. 3 possibili Padri.

Ed un viaggio che non dimenticherete mai!


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Over 32 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show!


Più di 32 milioni di persone in tutto il mondo si sono innamorate dei personaggi ,della storia e della musica che rende MAMMA MIA!  il Musical più divertente e positivo che ci sia!


Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, 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 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.


Il solare e divertente Racconto della scrittrice Catherine Johnson è ambientato una paradisiaca isola Greca.

La “caccia al tesoro” di una figlia per scoprire l’ identità di suo padre, porta 3 uomini del passato di sua madre proprio sull’Isola che avevano visitato 20 anni prima.


The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!


La narrazione attraverso le magiche canzoni senza-tempo degli ABBA arricchisce e completa questa favola d’ Amore, allegria ed amicizia, e ogni notte ….everyone’s having the time of their lives!


Creative cast

Catherine Johnson CATHERINE JOHNSON
Book


Theatre
: Rag Doll and Renegades (Bristol Old Vic), Too Much Too Young (Bristol Old Vic and London Bubble), Boys Mean Business, Dead Sheep, Little Baby Nothing (Bush Theatre, London), Shang-a-Lang (Bush Theatre and national tour) and MAMMA MIA! (worldwide). Her plays have been produced in Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Through the Wire, a musical for NT/Shell Connections.

Television: Episodes of Casualty, Byker Grove, Love Hurts, Gold, Linda Green, the screenplays of Rag Doll and Where’s Willy? (HTV) and Sin Bin (BBC), the series Love in the 21st Century (Channel 4).

Awards: Catherine has won the Bristol Old Vic/HTV Playwrighting Award, Thames Television’s Writer-in-Residence Award and Thames Television’s Best Play Award and was nominated in 2002 for a Tony Award for Best Musical Book for MAMMA MIA!

FILM: Catherine has written the screenplay for the MAMMA MIA! movie released July 2008.

Phyllida Lloyd PHYLLIDA LLOYD
Director
Film: MAMMA MIA! (Universal Pictures/Playtone/Littlestar Productions), Gloriana a Film (TV) (Illuminations Films).London Theatre: Six Degrees of Separation, Hysteria, Wild East (Royal Court), The Threepenny Opera, Boston Marriage (Donmar Warehouse), Mary Stuart (Donmar Warehouse, Apollo and Broadway in 2009), The Way of the World, Pericles, What the Butler Saw, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Duchess of Malfi (Royal National Theatre), Artists and Admirers, The Virtuoso (Royal Shakespeare Company), MAMMA MIA! (London, Broadway and worldwide).

European Opera: La Bohème, Medea, Carmen, L’Etoile, Gloriana, Albert Herring, Peter Grimes (Opera North), Macbeth (Paris and Royal Opera House, London), The Handmaid’s Tale (Copenhagen, English National Opera and Toronto), The Carmelites, Verdi Requiem, Rhinegold, Valkyrie, Siegfried and Twilight of the Gods (English National Opera).

Awards: For Gloriana a Film, she received an International Emmy, a F.I.P.A. d’Or, and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award.  She won the South Bank Show Award for both Mary Stuart (2005) and Peter Grimes (2006).

Phyllida was the 2006 Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Drama at the University of Oxford.

Anthony Van Laast ANTHONY VAN LAAST
Choreographer
Anthony Van Laast trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, later joining the Company as both performer and choreographer. Theatre: Includes Bombay Dreams (London and Broadway – Tony award nomination); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide – Laurence Olivier award nomination, Dramalogue award); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and USA tours); Song & Dance (worldwide – Green Room award, Australia); The Boy From Oz (Australia).Anthony is currently working on a new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for London’s west end.

In 1999 Anthony Van Laast was awarded the MBE for Services to Dance and Choreography.

Mark Thompson MARK THOMPSON
Production Designer
His work for the National Theatre includes The Alchemist, Once in a Lifetime, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Duchess of Malfi, Life x 3, The Wind in the Willows, The Madness of George III, Arcadia, Pericles, What the Butler Saw and The Day I Stood Still. Recent work elsewhere includes And Then There Were None (Gielgud); Bombay Dreams (London and Broadway); The Lady in The Van (Queen’s), Follies (New York (set only); Dr Dolittle & Blast! (Apollo Hammersmith).For the RSC: Hamlet, Measure for Measure, The Wizard of Oz, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors and The Unexpected Man; at the Royal Court: Piano/Forte, The Woman Before, Wild East, Mouth to Mouth, Six Degrees of Separation, Hysteria, The Kitchen, and Never Land; for the Donmar: Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya (costumes only), The Blue Room, Insignificance, Company (also Albery), and The Front Page; for the Almeida: Volpone, Betrayal, Party Time and Butterfly Kiss.

Other theatre includes Art, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Shadowland. Opera: Falstaff (Scottish Opera), Peter Grimes (Opera North), Ariadne Auf Naxos (Salzburg), Il Viaggio à Reims (ROH), Hansel and Gretel (Sydney), The Two Widows (ENO), Queen of Spades (New York), and Montag aus licht (costumes; Milan). Ballet: Don Quixote (Royal Ballet).

Film: costume design for The Madness of King George.

Howard Harrison HOWARD HARRISON
Lighting Designer
Theatre: Mary Poppins, Guys and Dolls, Heroes and Donkeys’ Years in the West End, MAMMA MIA! worldwide, Mammals at the Bush and on tour, Rebecca on tour, Skellig at the Young Vic and Edward Scissorhands at Sadler’s Wells and on tour. West End includes: Suddenly Last Summer (Albery), Oleanna (Garrick), The Master Builder (Albery), Ragtime (Piccadilly), The Witches of Eastwick (Drury Lane/Prince of Wales) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Lyric). Broadway includes: Putting It Together and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Opera and dance: Il Trovatore, Aida, I Masnadieri and Otello (Royal Opera), Beatrice and Benedict and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (WNO and Opera Australia), Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet (ENB at the Albert Hall), Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! (Sadler’s Wells), Albert Herring (Opera North), The Elixir of Love (ENO) and The Makropulos Case and Nabucco (Metropolitan Opera, New York).Howard has been nominated six times as Best Lighting Designer in the Laurence Olivier Awards and was the recipient of the 2001 Australian Green Room Award for his work on MAMMA MIA!

Bobby Aitken BOBBY AITKEN
Sound Designer
Bobby has been involved with theatre sound for over 20 years, designing sound for productions in the UK and around the world. Theatre: Work in Musical Theatre includes: My Fair Lady (Denmark), Dirty Dancing (The Aldwych Theatre), Showboat (Royal Albert Hall), Lennon (Broadway), Cyberjam (Queen’s Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, Las Vegas, Australia, Moscow and Madrid), Mamma Mia! (London, Broadway and thirteen other productions around the world), Blast! (London, USA), Grease! (Dominion Theatre and UK tour), Five Guys Named Moe (Albery Theatre and tours), Return To the Forbidden Planet (Cambridge Theatre, USA, Japan and Australia), Which Witch? (Piccadilly Theatre), Metropolis (Piccadilly Theatre), Pete Townshend’s The Iron Man, (Young Vic), In the Midnight Hour (Young Vic), High Society (Victoria Palace Theatre), Time (Dominion Theatre), A Saint She Ain’t (Apollo Theatre), The Best of Times (Vaudeville Theatre), Soul Train (tour), From A Jack To A King (Ambassador’s Theatre and tours), Sweeney Todd (Israeli National Opera), Bitter Sweet (Sadler’s Wells Opera), Children of Eden (Prince Edward Theatre), The Fix (Donmar Warehouse), The Beggar’s Opera and Bartholomew Fair (Royal Shakespeare Company).Regional work in the UK includes productions at Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Manchester Royal Exchange, Palace Theatre, Watford and Leicester Haymarket.

Opera: For the past six years, Bobby has been working to create techniques to deliver credible sound reinforcement for large scale, in-the-round opera production. Credits include: Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, “Cav and Pag” and La Bohème (Royal Albert Hall and various arenas).

Andrew Bruce ANDREW BRUCE
Sound Designer
Andrew began his career in theatre at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1968. He was appointed head of sound at the Royal Opera House in 1971 and a year later co-founded Autograph Sound Recording. His specialist work in musicals arose from close involvement in landmarks of British musical theatre such as Evita, Cats and Starlight Express. Today Autograph is a leading British sound design and equipment hire company, responsible for numerous productions at home and abroad, including Les Misérables, Kiss Me, Kate, Cats, The Lion King, MAMMA MIA!, We Will Rock You, Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 1981 he was sound consultant on the original Paris version of Les Misérables and designed the sound for the 1985 London production. He remains responsible for all productions of the show in Europe, the United States and Asia. Other credits include the original West End productions of Song and Dance, Abbacadabra, Little Me, Chess, Follies, Into the Woods, Children of Eden, City of Angels, Martin Guerre, The Fix, The Witches of Eastwick, The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland, MAMMA MIA!, Miss Saigon and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as well as UK tours of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Cats, Martin Guerre and Oliver!He recently returned to the Royal Opera House to design the sound for Sweeney Todd and his latest design work can be heard on the London production of Mary Poppins.

Martin Koch MARTIN KOCH
Musical Supervisor & Additional Material & Arrangements
Les Miserables (8 productions worldwide), Miss Saigon (4 productions worldwide), Cats (London), Oliver! (London), Martin Guerre (UK Tour), MAMMA MIA! (14 productions worldwide).Orchestrations: Just So, Moby Dick, Tutankhamun, Which Witch,
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(Tony nomination 2002), Jerry Springer The Opera, Billy Elliot. and Kombat Opera 5 half hour opera’s for Television.

Koch & Gilpin:
Martin started this music production company with long time friend and collaborator Nick Gilpin. They have been responsible for the production and composition of numerous TV programmes and produced many albums, including MAMMA MIA! (Grammy nomination 2002) Jerry Springer The Opera and Billy Elliot.


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