Mamma Mia Will Close On Broadway
Thank you for the Music. While it seems no Broadway show lasts forever, this one came as a surprise to many. One of the most iconic and staple productions running in New York has announced it will shutter following this summer. Mamma Mia (Yes here we go again), which is a jukebox musicals featuring the music of ABBA, has announced it will close on a high note following what they hope will be a very successful 2015 summer season. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that following a 14-year run on Broadway, Mamma Mia will close this September!
Lead producer Judy Craymer announced late yesterday that following a 14-year run on Broadway, Mamma Mia will close following this summer on September 5th, 2015. When it closes, the musical will have played 5,765 performances making it the eighth longest running show in Broadway history. The musical premiered on Broadway in October 2001 at the Winter Garden Theatre. It was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical but did not win any. The musical continued to play the Winter Garden through October 19th, 2013. At that time, the musical moved to the Broadhurst Theatre, where it is currently playing, beginning on November 2nd, 2013.
Mamma Mia can still be found playing London’s West End where it is now in its 16th year at the Novello Theatre. The original West End production began at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1999. The production then moved to the Prince of Wales Theatre in 2004 and its current home in 2012. The production as a whole has played over 400 cities in 40 countries in all 6 continents in 16 different languages. The production has grossed over $2 billion worldwide.
In a statement to the New York Post, Craymer (Pictured Above Left) said;
“It’s amazing we’ve sailed through a decade and a half, and I think it’s the right time to go. We want to have a fun and buoyant summer and go out with grace. It was a tough winter for everybody and it’s become very competitive on Broadway. But I’ll take the badge of being the eighth-longest-running show.”
It’s hard to believe Mamma Mia will cease to exist on Broadway come this September. The production has been a staple of the Great White Way and musical theatre in New York for over a decade now. I mean, who doesn’t recognize that picture to the right? The production, which opened just one month after the September 11th attacks, was exactly what many New Yorkers and tourists needed following the terror the nation experienced just a month earlier. When Mamma Mia opened, many did not know if the show would be able to stay afloat as the future of New York seemed uncertain. However, over a decade later, we can obviously say Mamma Mia has been a monster of a success for Broadway. Craymer mentioned in her statement the business of Broadway has become tough this season. That is to say where new musicals like Finding Neverland, Something Rotten, Fun Home, An American In Paris and more are taking business from the show that is a huge tourists hit. Mamma Mia is a staple production for tourists in New York, especially Europeans who know the music of ABBA. It will be interesting to see where this demographic shifts to following the show’s closing. The show’s closing also means that one of the most prized Broadway theatres, the Broadhurst, is now back on the market. This home switches back and forth constantly between plays and musicals so it will be interesting to see what the Shubert Organization places there next.
Don’t miss your chance to experience the music of ABBA before it leaves Broadway forever! Mamma Mia will close on Broadway September 5th, 2015! The production is currently playing at the Broadhurst Theatre on 44th street! Even if you have seen the show, I encourage everyone to go be a dancing queen one last time as we send out this show with style! Speaking of going out with style, Craymer mentioned Mamma Mia will go out on Broadway with a bang so be sure to stay tuned as we will bring you details of Mamma Mia‘s goodbye to Broadway as soon as we know what it involves! For more information, visit Mamma Mia Official’s Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!