Mamma Mia! hits Greece
Based on the play based on the ABBA
songsMamma Mia! hits the big screen and premières
with a photo call in Greece
THE IDEA of a musical based around
ABBA songs sounded odd enough when
first mooted, but since then, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide
stage hit, tapping in to a global love of the Swedish groups
music. The long-awaited movie débuts this summer.
Set on a ﬁctional Greek island, the producers decided
that there would be no better place to launch the film than Athena,
Greece, with a photo call yesterday (June 28) featuring the stars
(Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth,
Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper and Stellan Skårsgard) and
two of the original members (and co-composers of many of the songs)
of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Björn
Julie Walters and Christine Baranski, also in
the cast, were not present at the launch.
London, where the musical launched, is the casts
Andersson and Ulvaeus were originally hesitant
about the idea of turning their songs into a musical when first
approached in the 1990s, but it has since become a blockbuster.
The film is already getting positive reviews
with its universally appealing story and familiar songs.
Some of the stage team have continued their roles
in the film, with Catherine Johnson writing the screenplay, Phyllida
Lloyd directing and Judy Craymer (who originated the idea) producing.
Gary Goetzmann shares producing duties with Craymer.
Andersson, Ulvaeus, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, and Mark Huffam executive-produce.
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