“Mamma Mia” will hold its last performance at the Broadhurst Theatre on Sept. 5, making it the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history when it closes.
The musical, inspired by the music of Swedish pop group Abba, has tallied up a grand total 5,765 performances during its historic streak.
In 1999 the show premiered in London at the Novello Theatre in the West End, where it continues to play. Two years later, in 2001, it opened on Broadway.
Creator and global producer Judy Craymer reflected on the show’s run. “I am thrilled that ‘Mamma Mia’ has brought the music of Abba to Broadway and so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful actors, musicians, stage managers, crew, front of house staff and the other people of the theater who have given their professional lives and souls to be part of the ‘Mamma Mia’ family and adventure on Broadway,” she said. “And a huge thank you to our fans who have come from all over the world to see the show. It’s an honor to be recognized as one of the most popular shows in Broadway history, and we’re looking forward to celebrating our last summer at the Broadhurst Theatre.”
An estimated 54 million people have seen “Mamma Mia!” over the years in 16 languages in 49 productions and over 400 cities around the world. The show’s worldwide gross is more than $2 billion.
“Mamma Mia” is written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of Abba.