Eleven hundred New Yorkers were willing to take a chance on “Mamma Mia!” July 16 as a massive crowd packed into the Ziegfeld Theater for the pic’s Gotham premiere.
The large turnout even surprised the film’s star, Meryl Streep. “Thanks everyone for coming. We know you had a choice,” Streep said. “You could have gone to ‘Indiana Jones’ or one of the red hot previews for ‘Batman,’ but you came here. We are really glad you did, even though I know most of you are related to me.”
Guests squeezed themselves into the Central Park Boathouse after-party, where Amanda Seyfried admitted that after landing the role, she had some mixed emotions.
“Initially I was like ‘Oh my God I got it!’ I was in complete shock, and then it sunk in that I actually needed to be good enough to act alongside Meryl Streep.”Eventually the thesp garnered the confidence to face Streep, who according to director Phyllida Lloyd, had said yes to the musical “straight away.”