Mamma Mia! – The Movie Sequel
I love a good movie musical like Hairspray, Rent, The Sound of Music and so on. And now, Mamma Mia!, one of the highest grossing movie musicals, is rumored to have a sequel in the midst. After reading an article on Whatsonstage, I was excited to hear that producer Judy Craymer, is reportedly turning to a movie sequel now that the Broadway production of Mamma Mia! has just closed. I am pretty excited by this as the original movie is a family favorite, and comes with plenty of very loud singing to ABBA, whether in the car, in the house, or the shower!
The hit Broadway show ran for 14 years, premiering in London 1999, and recently welcomed a new cast at the Novello Theatre, it also hit a record breaking 5,773 performance streak on Broadway. The 2008 movie adaptation was a massive hit around the world, generating about $600 million in the box office, and a huge $2 billion worldwide. The soundtrack reached platinum in 20 countries, and continues to make money today. Using the music of the iconic band ABBA, Mamma Mia!, tells the tale of a young girl, Sophie, on a greek island, who discovers her mother, Donna, has been hiding the identity of her father. Upon finding her mother’s diary, Sophie realises her father could be one of three men, Harry, Sam or Bill. After inviting them to her own wedding without her mother’s consent, Sophie is determined to discover who her father is, with hilarious and emotional consequences. As a film and hit production, Mamma Mia! never gets tired. The soundtrack alone is reason to watch it.
Starring Meryl Streep as Donna, and Pierce Brosnan as Sam, media sources apparently suggest the two could reprise their roles in the supposed sequel. The original film also starred Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Julie Walters and other names, however there’s little mention about whether they would feature. There are speculations too that Casey Nicholaw, the current director of The Book of Mormon, could be directing, and seeing what he has done with TBOM, I’d be excited to see how Mamma Mia! could turn out.