German Version of 'Mamma Mia!' Set

The first foreign-language production of the hit ABBA-themed musical "Mamma Mia!" opens Sunday (Nov. 3) at the ornate Operettenhaus in Hamburg. The show, based on the songs of the Scandinavian pop sen

The first foreign-language production of the hit ABBA-themed musical "Mamma Mia!" opens Sunday (Nov. 3) at the ornate Operettenhaus in Hamburg. The show, based on the songs of the Scandinavian pop sensation, will be performed entirely in German.

During its heyday, ABBA recorded only one song -- "Waterloo" -- in German and it isn't even in the show, although a boat in the musical is called "Waterloo."

"Mamma Mia!" first opened in 1999 at London's Prince Edward Theatre, where it is still doing sellout business. Productions followed in Toronto, where it recently passed performance number 1,000, and on Broadway in New York at the Winter Garden Theatre.

The musical also has two touring companies traveling the U.S., as well as an Australian company. The show arrives in December in Japan -- in Japanese. In February, a third American troupe opens in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for an extended stay.


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