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Vegas will receive visit from ‘Mamma’

Abba musical skedded to open in Feb. at Mandalay

NEW YORK — The producers of “Mamma Mia!” have announced a new production of the Abba musical for Las Vegas.

In addition to Broadway, the super-hit tuner by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus is currently playing Toronto, with touring productions in Cleveland and San Francisco.

“Mamma Mia!” is skedded to open in February for an open-ended run at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Over the years, several touring productions have played Vegas, but “MM!” will be one of the very few legit shows to risk a sit-down Broadway production there. Most recently, “Chicago” opened Mandalay Bay’s 1,700-seat theater in March 1999. Although it ran for a year, the Kander & Ebb revival was considered too dark for the new family-oriented Vegas and did not qualify as a B.O. success. Mandalay Bay’s revue “Storm” replaced “Chicago” at the hotel’s theater. The Off Broadway show “Blue Man Group” is well into its third year at the Luxor Las Vegas.

Tours don’t hurt B’way

The touring productions of “MM!” around the country haven’t hurt the Broadway receipts. In fact, the show’s average ticket price has edged out that of “The Producers” for the past few weeks, and at its current $85 average is nearly one dollar ahead of levels the show set for itself shortly after the tuner opened at the Winter Garden on Oct. 18.

“Mamma Mia” is produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East and Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal.

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