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Mamma Mia! in Polish
December 30, 2014   
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Mamma Mia!, the global hit musical based on songs by Abba, has finally found its way to Poland—in February a Polish-language version opens at Warsaw’s Roma Music Theater.

One of the most anticipated events of the 2014/2015 theater season, the Polish version of Mamma Mia! will have a grand opening on Saturday Feb. 21, following three previews Feb. 18, 19 and 20. Tickets for shows in February, March and April went on sale in September and the interest has so far been enormous, boosted by an inventive publicity campaign by the Roma theater and LOT Polish Airlines.

In September, a LOT airliner with “Mamma Mia!” and “Teatr Roma” painted in huge letters on its hull started advertising the Polish production across Europe. Abba hits such as “Mamma Mia,” “Chiquitita,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Waterloo” are played during boarding, while LOT’s travel agency is offering tours of Abba-related sites in Stockholm.

Mamma Mia! the musical premiered in London in April 1999 and a Broadway production opened in 2001. Mamma Mia! has since proved a global hit, becoming one of the most successful musicals of all time. Every day, at least seven productions are staged in various cities on three or more continents. So far, there have been 16 foreign-language versions—the Polish one is the 17th.

The musical weaves many of Abba’s greatest hits into an amusing yet touching story about a mother and a daughter. Twenty-year-old Sophie is about to get married and wants her father to walk her down the aisle. The problem is that she never knew her father, nor even his identity. Trying to find this out, she reads her mother Donna’s old diary, only to learn that her father may be one of three men. The girl decides to invite all three to the Greek island on which she and Donna live. Greece and the sea play a major part in the new production at the Roma. Apart from the timeless Abba tunes, the musical’s key attractions include the cast. Wojciech Kępczyński, the Roma’s artistic director and the director of the Polish version, spent several months auditioning hundreds actors and dancers for the show.

The songs in Mamma Mia! have been translated into Polish by Daniel Wyszogrodzki. The sets have been designed by Mariusz Napierała and the costumes by Dorota Kołodyńska.

M.R.

Tickets are available at the Roma box office and the theater’s website (www.teatrroma.pl). Prices range from zl.70 to zl.150.
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