Cast members from the original and current West End stage production of Mamma Mia! will share their experiences of performing in the musical as part of a documentary celebrating its tenth anniversary in March.
The two-part documentary, called Mamma Mia! – The Real Story, will also include contributions from the production’s writer Catherine Johnson, who will discuss her original idea for the show.
Johnson will talk about how she insisted on retaining control of the movie version, which starred Meryl Streep, who will also be featured in the programme.
Mamma Mia! – The Real Story is being made by independent production company USP Content, and will be broadcast across Guardian Media Group’s Smooth Radio and Real Radio networks.
The Mamma Mia! documentary is part of a raft of six new documentaries being made for GMG’s stations, following the success of ten it broadcast last year as part of a push into documentaries.
GMG claims it was the first network to bring documentaries, traditionally only heard on BBC radio, to the commercial airwaves.
John Simons, GMG group programme director, said there was a big audience for arts-led programmes, and added that he was keen to follow the Mamma Mia! documentary with more programmes about British musicals.
“We have had great response from our audience to these documentaries, mainly because they don’t expect us to be doing it. I think Mamma Mia! – The Real Story will go down well, and then we will probably look at shows like Billy Elliot, or some of the other British-led phenomenons that have been so successful on the stage,” he said.
Mamma Mia!, the stage musical, first opened on March 23, 1999 in London and has since gone on to enjoy runs in countries such as the US and Australia.
More news on scheduling and where you’ll be able to hear the shows, will follow.
- The Stage – Documentary marks the tenth anniversary of Mamma Mia! – Thanks to Martin Thompson.
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