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Hit musical Mamma Mia! returns to Manila

By Ibarra C. Mateo

Image courtesy of Concertus Manila

WARMLY received by more than 45,000 Manila audience in 2012, the global hit musical Mamma Mia! returns to the country at Solaire Theater.

“After a successful season touring around the UK, Mamma Mia! makes a triumphant return to Manila and opens this weekend at the Theatre at Solaire,” event organizer Concertus Manila said.

The sensational feel-good musical will run from Sept. 29 as part of the show’s international tour, Concertus Manila said in a statement. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketworld.

Sophie and Sky. Image courtesy of Concertus Manila

The musical has been described as “the sunniest of all musicals by the Sunday Express in UK and “ABBA-solutely fabulous” by the Bristol Post also in UK.

“Mamma Mia! is Judy Craymer’s “ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of Abba’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise,” the organizer said.

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father, brings three men from her mother’s romantic past back to the island they visited 20 years ago.

The successful international tour has visited 85 cities across 38 countries and sold over 5 million tickets.

More than 22 of Abba’s greatest hits, including the Dancing Queen, Take A Chance On Me, The Winner Takes It All, Does Your Mother Know, and Mamma Mia, propel this charming story of love, laughter, and friendship.

With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast.

The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material, and arrangements by Martin Koch.

The Mamma Mia International Tour is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East, and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, Stage Entertainment, and NGM. It is presented in Manila by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Ticketworld, and Concertus Manila.

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Ibarra C. Mateo
A journalist since 1983, Ibarra C. Mateo is also an editor, a researcher, and a communication consultant.

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