‘Mia!’ extends in Toronto

Musical to make North American premiere, second co. to run indefinitely at Alex

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Toronto run of the Abba musical “Mamma Mia!” has been extended indefinitely.

The tuner, which has played to full houses since its North American premiere last month, was originally scheduled to run to November, before a yearlong U.S. tour.

The U.S. tour will take place as scheduled, opening in San Francisco in November. But a second “Mamma Mia!” company will take over at the 93-year-old Alex for an indefinite run.

The musical has broken all box office records at the theater. Extending its run changes the face of the theater’s 2000-2001 season. Mirvish Prods. has announced that the five remaining shows in the season will move to three other theaters in the vicinity.

“Dame Edna: The Royal Tour” will play at the Pantages Theater. The next two shows, “Stones in His Pockets” and “A Flea in Her Ear,” will play at the Elgin Theater; “The Drawer Boy” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” will play at the Winter Garden Theater Center.

“This is a direct response to demands for tickets for ‘Mamma Mia!’ ” said Mirvish director of communications and marketing John Karastamatis.

He added that Mirvish Prods. recognizes that season-ticket-holders may have some concerns and said the company is making every effort to accommodate its 35,000 subscribers.

“We realize that we are breaking some cardinal subscription rules,” he said, “but we couldn’t find one theater that could accommodate the entire season.”

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