Mamma Mia To Close After 14 Years
The long-running Broadway production of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' international hit musical Mamma Mia!, which currently plays the Broadhurst Theatre, will close September 5, producers announced April 9. Mamma Mia! will have played 5,765 performances on Broadway, making it the eighth longest running show in Broadway history. It premiered Oct. 18, 2001, at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it continued through Oct. 19, 2013. The production then transferred to its current home, the Broadhurst Theatre, on Nov. 2, 2013. In its various productions the show has grossed a reported $2 billion worldwide. The hit musical had its London premiere April 6, 1999. It is now in its 16th year in the West End. It was adapted as a film in 2008 and grossed more than $144 million in the US alone, and currently holding the title of top-grossing musical film ever.The makers of the movie are considering a sequel.
RELATED: Three of the five longest-running Broadway shows in history are still playing: Phantom Of The Opera at 27 years, Chicago at 19 years, and The Lion King at 18 years. (Cats and Les Miserables ran for 18 and 16 years respectively.) Also still playing: Wicked will hit 12 years in October and Jersey Boys hits the decade mark a week later.