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Mamma Mia! - 5th Anniversary Edition
     

Mamma Mia! - 5th Anniversary Edition

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Mamma Mia! charms more than ever in this limited-edition CD/DVD package, issued to celebrate the show's first five years on Broadway. A smash hit in London before arriving on the Great White Way, the popular musical uses the songs of ABBA to float an enchanting fairy-tale about a young bride-to-be's efforts to find her long-lost father, and the whispy, sweet

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Mamma Mia! charms more than ever in this limited-edition CD/DVD package, issued to celebrate the show's first five years on Broadway. A smash hit in London before arriving on the Great White Way, the popular musical uses the songs of ABBA to float an enchanting fairy-tale about a young bride-to-be's efforts to find her long-lost father, and the whispy, sweet story is put over with punch and pizzazz on this rapturous original cast album. Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the creative team behind the superstar Swedish quartet, dressed up their show with nearly two-dozen 1970s classics, all engagingly performed and arranged to highlight the youthful and talented cast. Fiesty Siobhan McCarthy belts out the highlights "The Winner Takes It All," "S.O.S." and "Super Trouper," while "Dancing Queen," "Voulez-Vous," and "Gimme Gimme Gimme" turn the spotlight on the energetic ensemble. Mamma Mia!'s score of familiar ear-candy will be a delightful greatest-hits collection for some and a bunch of terrific contemporary show tunes to others. Either way you'll say "I Do I Do I Do" to this delicious confection -- now enhanced with three live-performance bonus tracks and a feature-filled DVD.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
ABBA principals Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus turned to stage musicals after their band's demise and composed two, one of which, Chess, ran in the West End and on Broadway. For their third stage effort, they returned to their ABBA catalog and put together Mamma Mia!, a show that employs their old songs (with occasional lyric revisions) in the service of a libretto by Catherine Johnson about a girl who tries to discover her father's identity in time to have him give her away at her wedding. It's a hackneyed plot worthy of a second-rate Hollywood comedy film, of course, but the score is guaranteed to resonate with audiences, which may explain why the show was a success upon its London opening on April 6, 1999. With a pre-Broadway American tour starting in San Francisco in November 2000, Decca Records released the original London cast album (without identifying it as such on the cover) in the U.S. in October 2000. On-stage, of course, there is the production, complete with sets, actors, and scenes, to contend with, but a show built on familiar musical material runs into an unusual problem on record -- namely, that it is forced to compete with the original recordings. So, how does Mamma Mia! compare to an ABBA greatest-hits album? Well, the recordings are less fully produced than the originals, and in that sense less impressive. But the originals were sung by Scandinavians who sometimes sounded like they had learned the lyrics phonetically, the vocals often featuring odd phrasing and word emphasis. Here, the songs are being sung by native English speakers, and that is a distinct improvement. The recording features snippets of dialogue here and there, though the plot line is not clearly delineated, which will frustrate those who haven't seen the show. And anyone planning to sing along had better consult the lyric sheet beforehand, because there are minor differences here and there. (Though, thankfully, the creative team couldn't find a way to work "Waterloo" or "Fernando" into the story!) You are probably still better off with an ABBA hits CD, but at least Mamma Mia! is better than the A*Teens.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0602517075351
catalogNumber:
000765500
Rank:
71541

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Barclay   Trumpet
Jaz Lochrie   Bass Guitar
Keith Airey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Annette Yeo   cast
Nicolas Colicos   Vocals
Anne Marie McCormack   cast
Simon Bishop   cast
Wendy Mae Brown   cast
James Bugden   Keyboards
Lesley Burdett   Keyboards
Paul Clarkson   Vocals
Andy Couchman   cast
Lori Haley Fox   cast
Jenny Galloway   Vocals
Melissa Gibson   Vocals
Nigel Harman   cast
Nick Haswell   cast
Andrew Langtree   Vocals
Martin Lowe   Conductor,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Eliza Lumley   Vocals
Tom Magdich   cast
Siobhán McCarthy   Vocals
Stephen McGlynn   cast
Hilton McRae   Vocals
Leah-Sue Morland   cast
Torquil Munro   Keyboards
Joseph Noble   cast
Richard Pettyfer   cast
Louise Plowright   Vocals
Julian Poole   Percussion
Caroline Sheen   cast
Lisa Stokke   Vocals
Scarlett Strallen   cast
Emma Jay Thomas   cast
Timothy Walton   cast
Neal Wright   Vocals
James Barron   cast
Dave Adams   Drums
Mamma Mia Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

Benny Andersson   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer
Maurice Cambridge   Orchestral Manager
Agnetha Fältskog   Composer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer
Martin Koch   Arranger,Producer,Musical Supervision,Additional Music
David Hunt   Engineer
Stig Anderson   Composer,Lyricist
Anni-Frid Lyngstad   Composer
Nicholas Gilpin   Producer
Catherine Johnson   Book
Görel Hanser   Management
Göel Hanser   Management
Dewynters   Logo Design

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