January 12, 2007 |
Meryl Streep will star in the movie version of the popular ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!" Theater veteran Phyllida Lloyd is in negotiations to make her feature directorial debut on the film, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures. The musical, created by Judy Craymer and Catherine Johnson, features 22 ABBA songs, including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All."
January 5, 2007 |
Swedish tax officials want former ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus to pay $2.1 million for undeclared royalties from the supergroup's hits dating back decades. It is the second time the Swedish Tax Authority has claimed the 61-year-old singer dodged taxes by not declaring millions in royalties going back decades, officials said Thursday. Victor Palm, a tax official, said that authorities suspect royalty payments to Ulvaeus were made to companies operating in foreign tax havens.
November 29, 2006 |
A museum dedicated to the music, clothing and history of Swedish supergroup ABBA will open in Stockholm in 2008. The interactive museum will feature original outfits and instruments used by ABBA, handwritten song lyrics, a display of awards and "all other things we can think of and find," said Ulf Westman, an event consultant who is spearheading the project with his wife, Ewa Wigenheim-Westman.
February 12, 2003 |
"Mama Mia," the much-traveled musical based on the music of '70s supergroup Abba, opens on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, with a red-carpet gala outside the Mandalay Bay Theatre, where the show will run every night but Tuesday. A new cast was assembled for the Las Vegas production of "Mama Mia," which is currently running in various incarnations around the world.
February 18, 2001 |
In an upstairs library at the quietly posh Covent Garden Hotel, Bjorn Ulvaeus is trying to convince a skeptical reporter that "Mamma Mia!"--the hit London musical that uses 22 ABBA songs to tell an original mother-daughter tale of cross-generational love on the eve of a Greek island wedding--is really all about the story.
August 6, 2000 |
"A massive jigsaw puzzle" is how producer Judy Craymer describes trying to sculpt a book around an existing song catalog, a musical theater device that appears to be an increasingly attractive proposition. The phenomenal success of Craymer's "Mamma Mia!," which does just that to nearly two dozen songs by the '70s Swedish rock group ABBA, is likely to encourage the process. Producers should be forewarned, however.