“Mamma Mia: The Smash Hit Musical” makes a splash in Lagos

A 65-member all Nigerian cast and crew will take part in the production of the licenced adaptation of the global show Mamma Mia: The Smash Hit Musical live in Lagos between December 29, 2021 and Jan 2, 2022. 

Directed by seasoned theatre director Najite Dede, the producers say “it’s a show for the whole family; not just as the only jukebox musical in Lagos this Christmas; it’s absolutely the most ‘ridiculously enjoyable’ show to watch this holiday”.

Indeed, an adaptation of the original musical created in 1998 by British theatre producer Judith Cramer, who engaged British playwright Catherine Johnson, to write a story woven around the multiple hit songs of Swedish pop group ABBA, composed by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, has remained memorable. 

It is the heritage from the original story that has been carefully and skillfully adapted with a Nigerian nuance. 

The Nigerian production, according to the producers, is woven with shades of cultural colours, which are visible not just in the language and gesture but also in the costume, choreography and characteristics. While the original soundtrack remains the same, this production infuses ABBA’s music with local drums and percussions to deliver a distinctive Nigerian edition, resulting in an ecstatic euphoria from the audience!

What is more, there will be two shows at 2 pm and 6 pm during the five days the musical will take the stage at Shell Hall of Muslim Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

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