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Inspired by the songs of ABBA, a Swedish pop group from the 1970s, Mamma Mia! became a smash hit on Broadway. It has more than 20 original ABBA songs. The most well-known is "Mamma Mia," which gives the musical its name. The book for the musical was written by British author Catherine Johnson, and Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus created the majority of the scores.
In the 1970s, ABBA was formed in Sweden. The group became well-known when it won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Ani-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Faltskog were the four people in it - the group's name came from their first names.
Sophie Sheridan (twenty years old and about to get married) reads in her mother's diary that Sam Carmichael, Harry Bright, or Bill Anderson could be her father. Poor Sophie wants her father to walk her to the altar at her wedding to Sky on the Greek island of Kalokairi. She acts as if she were Donna Sheridan's daughter and invites the three men over. Sophie thinks she will be able to spot her father right away among the three guests.
Judy Craymer came up with the idea for the musical in 1989. She wanted to use well-known ABBA songs in a new setting: a musical. In the 1970s, Bjorn and Benny tried to write their music. It had songs like "Thank You for the Music," which is now used in "Mamma Mia!," but was never finished.
Mamma Mia! was born in May 1999, 10 years after the idea was conceived. It opened in London theaters. At first, the creators and producers were worried about how people would react to the show. However, it was an instant hit and went on to play all over Britain and then on Broadway in the United States.
After its successful debut on Broadway in 2000, the show quickly spread to numerous off-Broadway and regional theaters across the country. It is in more theaters at the same time than any other musical. Over twenty million individuals are expected to have watched the show today.
The show is now being shown worldwide, in Japan, Sweden, and other European countries. It is thought that about 1.3 million people in one of these countries have seen the show. The show has become popular worldwide, not just in English-speaking places. For a wider audience, the soundtrack is also available in different languages.