Mamma Mia say Thank You For The Other Music to raise money for MAD Trust
September 21, 2015  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off
mammamiacabforwebThis Thursday (24 September), the London cast of MAMMA MIA!, accompanied by a four-piece band, will celebrate the music of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, better known as ABBA, in a one-off cabaret in the Delfont Room at the Prince of Wales Theatre, in aid of The Make A Difference Trust.
Whilst the cast wont be singing the songs they usually do at the Novello Theatre, the evening will be packed full of some of the perhaps lesser known (but equally brilliant) ABBA hits, as well as a selection of songs from Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus’ musical projects (ChessKristina) and band members’ other solo work.
The cabaret co-incides with the 40th anniversary of the single release of ‘Mamma Mia’, the hit ABBA song that paved the way for one of the most successful stage productions of all time. The song is the opening track on the group’s third album, the self-titled ABBA. The event will also mark the 39th anniversary of the release of ‘Dancing Queen’, another of ABBA’s classic hits.
Members of the London company of MAMMA MIA!, including leading ladies Dianne Pilkington and Gabriella Williams, will perform a total of 18 songs during the 90 minute performance. The cast will be accompanied by a four-piece band (including two members of the original MAMMA MIA! band) under the musical direction of Marcus Savage.
The Make A Difference Trust is a UK based charity with a vision of a world free from HIV and AIDS. Building on the legacy of 25 years of fundraising by the Theatre industry, they continue to make the vision a reality having distributed over £1.6 million in grants to support individuals experiencing hardship across the UK as well as over £1million to support projects with their UK and international partners.
The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at London’s Novello Theatre is currently booking until 23 April 2016, taking the show through to its 18th playing year in London.
From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.  To date, it has been seen by more than 54 million people in 49 productions in 16 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office. 

MAMMA MIA! originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999, before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004.  The musical re-opened at the Novello Theatre in 2012. 
The London production of MAMMA MIA!, which celebrated its 16th birthday on 6 April, has been seen by more than 10% of the entire UK population.  The show has celebrated over 6,500 performances in London and has broken box office records in all three of its London homes.  In 2011, it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.   
Produced by Judy Craymer, MAMMA MIA! The Movie, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, is the highest grossing live action musical film of all time.
With music & lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch.
MAMMA MIA! is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.