- Sunday, December 24, 2017 11:18 AM
Skopje, 24 December 2017 (MIA) – An emotional, happy, disco-dancing play that will cheer you up and boost your endorphins, says Natasa Poplavska, the director of 'Mamma Mia!, about the musical that premiers Sunday in the Macedonian National Theater.
The play is a co-production between MNT and Prospot, the Slovene company that holds the exclusive regional rights to the musical 'Mamma Mia!'.
The story -- of a teenage girl searching for her biological father on a Greek island – is told through the 1970's Swedish band ABBA's hits (written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus) that feature throughout Catherine Johnson's screenplay.
The actors will perform ABBA's songs in Macedonian, except for Eurovision's 'Waterloo' that will be performed in English at the end of the play. Tina Trpkoska translated the lyrics.
Poplavska, who directed the Broadway musical Chicago in MNT two years ago, chose to work with the choreographer Olga Pango and the conductor Bisera Cadlovska again.
'Mamma Mia! is a gigantic project. It includes around 30 people onstage, but there are tens of others offstage, behind the scenes, behind the audience, and in the dressing rooms. There are four makeup artists, as well. If we were to list everyone, we’d have a hundred people at work on just one performance. It makes me happy to have a theater company that can handle such a giant, Poplavska told a press-conference few days ago.
The show has been double-cast since the beginning: Nina Dean and Jana Stojanovska play Sophie Sheridan; Kire Gjorevski and Visar Viska play Sam, and Nikola Nakovski and Petar Stojanov play Sky.
Mamma Mia! running time is 180 minutes and its today's premiere will be followed by three other performances on 26,28 and 29 December. The musical will be on in January 2018, as well, with performances scheduled for the 12th, 13th, and the 23rd. mr/lk/11:17
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