Saturday, December 17, 2011

"Mamma Mia!" in Manila (Jan 24-Feb 12, 2012)

Mamma Mia! is finally here in Manila. The international tour of the highly-anticipated musical, supported by the classic songs of ABBA, will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater on January 24 to February 12, 2012 for a limited run only.

The story of Mamma Mia! unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of Sophie Sheridan’s  wedding, she goes on a quest to discover the identity of her father and brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship.

It was 10 years ago when Mamma Mia! had its Broadway premiere at The Winter Garden Theatre. Mamma Mia! celebrated its 10th anniversary on Broadway last October 2011 - the Empire State Building was lit up pink, white, and blue at the performance in New York. Bloomberg, the city's mayor presented Judy Cramer (the musical's producer) with an official proclamation and declared that October 18 is Mamma Mia! Day. It became the 10th longest running show in Broadway history, surpassing the record previously held by Miss Saigon.

The world-class cast of Mamma Mia! premiered their English-language International Tour in Dublin in 2004 and are now currently past their 2000th performance, which was performed in Zurich, Switzerland last November 2, 2011.  Included in the Manila Season are Sara Poyzer, Sophie Sheridan, Rosie Heath, and Tasha Taylor Thompson.

Actress Sara Poyzer (Donna Sheridan), plays the mother of Charlotte Wakefield (Sophie Sheridan). Poyzer has performed in hit shows like Othello, Billy Elliot – The Musical, and Merchant of Venice. Wakefield made her West End debut starring in Spring Awakening and also nominated for Best Actress In A Musical at the 2010 Laurence Olivier awards.

Rosie Heath and Tasha Taylor Thompson plays Ali and Lisa, Sophie’s best friends who help her find her father. Heath trained in Musical Theater and Dance from Master Performing Arts College and has performed in Aladdin, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, and Les Misรฉrables. Thompson trained in National Youth Music Theatre, Marilyn Baker School of Dance, and Doncaster. She has also performed in Frank, Dean and Sammy - Live in Las Vegas, Starlight Express, Sylvia in Howard Goodall’s The Dreaming, and is the captain in Call Me Madam.

The International Cast has enthralled audiences in Dubai, Germany, Sweden, Prague, New Zealand, Turkey, China, and Tapei. In the UK, Mamma Mia! International Tour became the highest grossing musical the New Castle Metro Radio Arena has ever hosted and has sold over £1 million worth of tickets in the first fortnight at the Bristol Hypodrome. To date, over 4 million people all over the world have now seen the musical.

Mamma Mia! has become a global entertainment phenomenon. It personalizes ABBA songs in a fresh, vital, and immediate way that simultaneously retains their pop integrity yet also does something more that is an essential requirement of good musical theatre. It also made ABBA GOLD back in album charts everywhere the show has played.

A legacy of extraordinary songs and worldwide record sales of over 360 million have ensured ABBA a lasting popularity. ABBA GOLD, first released in 1992, spent 206 weeks in the album charts, where it debuted at number one. It was re-issued in 1999 to commemorate ABBA’s 25th anniversary and remains one of the biggest selling music albums of all-time. With at least 3,500 records still being sold every day around the world, the ABBA phenomenon is seemingly unstoppable.

The production features 22 Of Abba’s Hits Including: Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, I Have A Dream, Knowing Me, Knowing You, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Take A Chance On Me and Voulez-Vous.

Weekday rates are priced at P750, P1500, P3000, P4000, P5000, and P6000; including shows on Sundays, 8pm. Weekend matinee rates are P1000, P2000, P3500, P5000, P6000, and P7000.

Family Package: buy 4 tickets to get 40% discount on 3rd and 4th tickets. Groups of 20 or more can also get a 10% discount. Senior citizens also enjoy a 20% discount.

Book your tickets now! Call (632) 891 9999, or visit

Mamma Mia! is presented by Infinity, powered by Smart and Citibank. Special thanks to San Miguel Premium All Malt Beer, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Dusit Thani Manila, Cebu Pacific Airlines, Ayala Cinemas, Ayala Malls and OOCL.

Mamma Mia! would like to thank media partners ABS-CBN, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business World, Philippine Star, and Manila Bulletin, ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, Crossover 105.1 FM, Monster Radio RX 93.1, and Radio High 105.9FM. MAMMA MIA! is brought to you by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, Hi Definition Radio, Inc., and Concertus, Inc.

For block buying, sponsorships, call Concertus at (632) 403 8678 or Hi Definition Radio, Inc. at (632) 706 1580.

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