Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities and 8 languages around the world. Bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences, Summer 2008 is the season for MAMMA MIA!
Produced by Judy Craymer and Gary Goetzman, MAMMA MIA s all-star cast which, in addition to Meryl Streep, includes Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper. (Universal Pictures)
An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Streep) is about to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she s raised alone. For Sophie s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski) from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.
On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities. Songs include: I Have A Dream, Honey, Honey, Money, Money, Money, Thank You For The Music,
Mamma Mia!, Chiquita, Dancing Queen,
Lay All Your Love On Me, Super Trouper,
The Name of The Game, Voulez-Vous,
S.O.S., Knowing Me, Knowing You,
Our Last Summer, The Winner Takes It All, Take A Chance on Me, I Do, I Do, I Do and Waterloo.
'Mamma Mia: The Musical' concerns a young woman named Sophie and her single mother Donna, a former nightclub singer who runs a motel on a small Greek island. Sophie is about to get married and before she ties the knot she wants to find out who her father is. She invites 3 of her mother's old flames (each a candidate for paternity) to her wedding. From there the fun begins. 'Mamma Mia' is an infectious evening of pure entertainment and riotous raucous fun.
The move from stage to screen has been as spectacularly successful as the leap from song to stage- Mamma Mia! the movie has earned over $500 million and its soundtrack went platinum in under a month. Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and an all-star cast join 17 ABBA songs on CD and a behind-the-scenes DVD spotlighting the recording sessions and ABBA members. And then there's the songs: Dancing Queen; SOS; Mamma Mia; The Name of the Game; Take a Chance on Me; Super Trouper; The Winner Takes It All; Honey, Honey; Chiquitita , and more!
2009 14-track CD album. The history of the world's greatest pop band has hardly taken a pause in the past 35 years, from the 380 million albums sold to the record-breaking musical and blockbuster film which is Mamma Mia! But behind the scenes there's another musical side to Benny Andersson. For the past 20 years he has been leading The Benny Andersson Band, a group of 16 exceptional musicians and singers who share his passion for the Swedish folk tradition, not to mention Big Band, Bach, polka, waltzes, Celtic folk, Fifties standards - and straight-ahead pop music. The latter is showcased on the title track, the first new pop composition written by Benny with his ABBA song writing partner Björn Ulvaeus in 15 years. Vocal duties on this, and three of the four other tracks translated into English for the first time, are taken by the Swedish star Helen Sjöholm; with additional vocals by Swedish singer, Tommy Körberg. The 14-track album captures highlights from the three albums released in Sweden by the Benny Andersson Band along with some brand new tracks. 'I wanted to make music based on the Swedish folk tradition, but with new songs written by me,' says Benny Andersson, who also plays accordion on the record!).