Mamma Mia!

Premiére date19 Mar. 2009
Produced byFolketeateret
Based onMamma Mia! by Catherine Johnson, Björn Ulvaeus, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Benny Andersson
AudienceAdults
LanguageNorwegian
ExpressionsMusical
Running period19 Mar. 2009  
Duration2 hours and 40 minutes, including an interval
WebsiteFolketeateret

About Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! (2009) was a musical produced by Blixten & Co and Folketeateret, based on the musical by Catherine Johnson (book), in turn based on songs by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (music and lyrics).

Johan Osuldsen directed it. He built his direction on the English original direction.

Anders Eljas was musical director.

Heidi Gjermundsen Broch played the role of Donna.

Kjersti Elvik played Ruth.

Arlene Wilkes played Tanja.

The musical was translated into the Norwegian by Ingrid Bjørnov (lyrics) and Linn Skåber (dialogue).

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    Press review

    Lillian Bikset, Mamma Mia er en vinner (literally: Mamma Mia is a winner), Dagbladet, 20.03.2009:

    "In stage design the musical is close to the London original, in dramaturgy it rarely leaves the original musical or movie. Linguistically it is new. But what makes the Oslo version a new version still is, first and foremost, the ensemble. Among them, the 'Mamma Mia' herself, Heidi Gjermundsen Broch. That she, aged 34, is only 12 years older than her stage daughter Mari Lerberg Fossum is a minor distraction, but Heidi is a 'Super Trouper' and makes the role her own. Her well-synched sidekicks, Kjersti Elvik and Arlene Wilkes, are also a dynamic duo, reminding us it has been far too long since we last saw the latter on a Norwegian stage (theatre managers: take note). The trio of fathers is not up to the same high level. Paul Ottar Haga uses charm enough for all three of them, but Heine Totland overdoes his feminine gestures and Nils Christian Fossdal seems to be rather anonymous. Our young couple in love, Espen Grjotheim and Mari Lerberg Fossum, both fit their roles. They are cute, interact well and have noticeable chemistry onstage."

    IdaLou Larsen, Uimotståelig Mamma Mia! (literally: Irrestistible Mamma Mia!), Klassekampen 21.03.2008:

    "A fabulous young ensemble with enormous energy surplus, strong interpretation of the main characters and last, but not least, the music of ABBA: Mamma Mia, how can I resist you?"

    More about Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia! was the opening production in the newly renovated Folketeateret.

    The building, next to Youngstorget in Oslo, was finished in 1935, and first housed a cinema from 1935 to 1952, next the private theatre Folketeatret from 1952 to 1959 (from 1959 part of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre), and then The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet from 1959 to 2007.From time to time Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) also used the building for performances after the opera had been established and had moved in.

    A major renovation took place before Folketeateret again became a private theatre.

    With its 1400 seats Folketeateret is the largest privately owned theatre in Norway, and it was officially opened the opening night of Mamma Mia! - March 19 2009. Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson did the official opening.

    SOURCES:

    Apelland, Hans Einar. E-mail; 20.01.2017

    Folketeateret, http://www.folketeateret.no/Om-oss

    Store Norske Leksikon, www.snl.no, 13.01.2013, http://snl.no/Folketeatret

    Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 24.11.2015