MAMMA MIA! to Open 12/31 at ASU Gammage

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to ASU Gammage now through January 5, 2014. Tickets are on sale now.

Seen by more than 42 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating more than 3,650 performances in its ninth smash hit year on Broadway at The Winter Garden Theatre and remains one of Broadway's top selling musicals. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is celebrating 10 years and more than 4,000 performances in London, an international tour has visited more than 50 foreign cities, and the blockbuster feature film adaptation is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing more than $600 million worldwide.

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she's raised alone. For Sophie's wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends-practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya - 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. More than 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's songs from "Dancing Queen" and "S.O.S." to "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me," MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

Produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal, the creative team responsible for bringing MAMMA MIA! to theatrical life includes some of the most gifted and celebrated talents of musical theatre and opera. Direction: Phyllida Lloyd, choreography: Anthony Van Laast, music and lyrics: Benny Andersson andBjörn Ulvaeus, writing: Catherine Johnson, production design: Mark Thompson, lighting design: Howard Harrison, sound design: Andrew Bruce and Bobby Aitken, musical supervision, additional material and arrangements: Martin Koch.

Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets for MAMMA MIA! start at $24. Tickets are currently available through an authorized ticket seller found only at 1-800-982-2787 and asugammage.com. Group orders may be placed by calling 480.965.6678.

ASU Gammage is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard. The Desert Schools Broadway Across America - Arizona series is presented by ASU Gammage, Broadway Across America. US Airways is the official airlines of ASU Gammage.

About ASU Gammage: For nearly 50 years, ASU Gammage has been a top cultural destination in the Valley. The Frank Lloyd Wright designed performing arts center located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University is one of the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world and top touring market for Broadway. Home to the Desert Schools Broadway Across America - Arizona and BEYOND series, the mission of Connecting CommunitiesTM goes beyond the stage and the programs and impacts the community through shared experiences in the arts. asugammage.com

About Broadway Across America: BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA (Producer), part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includesBroadway.com and is operated by British theatre producer John Gore (Owner & CEO). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring musicals and plays across 40 North American cities and, under the supervision of Beth Williams (CEO - Theater Division), is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. Recent and current Broadway productions include Hands on a Hardbody; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Memphis; Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway, off-Broadway, West End, US Tour, Las Vegas); One Man, Two Guvnors; The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess; and the Toronto production of War Horse. Upcoming: Tuck Everlasting, Little Miss Sunshine, Big Fish, and The Blonde Streak. For more information, visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.




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