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'Fifth Anniversary Commemorative Edition CD' reissue featuring the full cast recording plus three additional tracks, 'Mamma Mia' Company (Finale Bonus Track), 'Dancing Queen' Donna, Tanya, Rosie & Company (Finale Bonus Track), & 'Waterloo' Company (Finale Bonus Track), presented with revised artwork. Universal. 2004.
Mamma Mia! Original Cast Recording is the original cast album for the 1999 English stage musical Mamma Mia!. The album was released in 1999 and it reached No.56 in the UK album chart, with 2 weeks on the chart. Mamma Mia! reinvigorated the popularity of ABBA (the film soundtrack was the best selling album of the week and several songs made the top #75 in the UK singles chart). The re-interest in the 1999 Studio Cast album caused it to reach #12 in the UK Album Chart, having charted at #16 a week earlier. It features performances by the musical's cast including Lisa Stokke, Siobhan McCarthy and Hilton McRae. The album was produced by the two male members of ABBA ,Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
The album featured a number of ABBA's best known songs, including the title track, "Dancing Queen", "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" and "Thank You for the Music".
The Broadway production closed on January 16, 2011 after 21 previews and 733 regular performances.
"In an astounding week of sales across the board, both Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack and the Mamma Mia! Original Cast Album are runaway smashes, ruling the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon charts.
The Movie Soundtrack has garnered the #3 chart position on Billboard's Top 200, achieved #1 status overall on the iTunes Music Store, and #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart, all in its third week of release.
Additionally, the Soundtrack's debut marked the highest charting week ever in history for an ABBArecording. Eight years after its release, The Original Cast Recording also currently holds the #1 position on Billboard's Broadway Chart. The beloved musical has been seen by more than 30 million people in 170 cities and eight languages around the world.
Chris Roberts, President, Classics and Jazz International/Chairman, Decca Label Group, commented, "The success of the Mamma Mia! Soundtrack and Cast Recording further solidify the power of the franchise, with its ever-growing popularity. The music continues to resonate with audiences of all ages, and these recordings have taken on a life of their own. We are proud and excited to be part of this continued phenomenon."
Mixed, mastered and produced by ABBA's musical geniuses Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the soundtrack is the ultimate souvenir from the hit film. Andersson and Ulvaeus reunited in Stockholm with the musicians who played on the original ABBA songs to record the disc in February 2007. It was the first time the musicians had played the songs together since ABBA toured more than 25 years ago. Along with producing the recording, Andersson also played keyboards. He commented, "We didn't have to think about it - it was in the fingers."" -StarPulse
MAMMA MIA is a musical based on the songs of ABBA.
Music and lyrics composed and written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
Principal cast: Lisa Stokke (Sophie Sheridan); Eliza Lumley (Ali); Melissa Gibson (Lisa); Siobhan McCarthy (Donna Sheridan); Louise Plowright (Tanya); Jenny Galloway (Rosie); Andrew Langtree (Sky); Neal Wright (Pepper); Nigel Harman (Eddie); Paul Clarkson (Harry Bright); Nicolas Colicos (Bill Austin); Hilton McRae (Sam Carmichael); Tom Magdich (Father Alexandrios).
MAMMA MIA! was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
Composer/Lyricists: Benny Andersson; Björn Ulvaeus.
Based on the Broadway musical, which, in turn, is based on vintage ABBA tunes, the 2008 Hollywood adaptation of MAMMA MIA! features the star-studded cast performing classic tracks by the beloved Swedish pop group. While most cast members (including Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan), acquit themselves admirably, Meryl Streep truly shines on buoyant songs such as the title track and "Dancing Queen."