Come December this year, the sound of ABBA will echo through the local theatre scene when the world’s No 1 musical, Mamma Mia!, opens here.
Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, Mamma Mia! is one of the most successful musicals in history, having been seen by over 30 million people worldwide.
Elated at the imminent debut of the hit West End musical on our shores is Istana Budaya’s director general Mohamed Juhari Shaarani.
“This is good news not only for Istana Budaya but for the Malaysian public as well because this highly popular show is coming straight from the West End. We expect not only Malaysians to watch it but people from Singapore and around this region,” said Juhari.
His love for ABBA’s unique blend of music is evident, as it was the soundtrack of his youth.
“I grew up listening to ABBA and what I remember best about the band is ABBA: The Movie in 1977.”
The band may have broken up some 25 years ago, but its music continues to sell, with two to three million albums being bought every year, racking up overall album sales of 360 million to date, the third most after Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
The musical, brought to Malaysia by The Star, will be held at Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur from Dec 17, 2008, to Jan 1, 2009.
Judging from its popularity and the rave reviews it has received, the production should create just as big a splash here.
Here’s your chance to watch and revel in ABBA’s infectious and timeless music up close. Tickets, ranging from RM150 to RM500, go on sale today and are available through AXCESS Hotline 03-77115000, online at www.axcess.com.my and all authorised AXCESS ticket outlets. Enjoy an early bird discount of 20% when you purchase your tickets by Oct 31.
For tickets to the Opening Night (Dec 17) which is in aid of charity, call 03-79671232/1238. Ticket prices range from RM450 to RM900.