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Mamma Mia! Movie Gets Top Billing At Local Theater

Mamma Mia! Gets Top BillingThe local theater to where I live posted Mamma Mia! The Movie as its top billed movie on the sign visible from the street for the opening week of the movie. Normally you’d expect Batman’s “The Dark Knight” to have top billing. Most likely they have put “The Dark Knight” on the bottom because it’ll carry over into the next week, but in any case for the opening week, ABBA fans can be happy to see “Mamma Mia!” billed as the top movie of the week for people to see as they drive by.

Big thanks to the Ultra Star Theater in Poway, California for putting “Mamma Mia!” as the most prominently featured title of the week so that everyone can see it when they drive by. Hopefully the movie will do well in the US, even though its doubtful it’ll hit the top spot in the box office charts.

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Mamma Mia! Sneak Preview at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Mamma Mia! at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre

I was fortunate enough to attend a special screening of “Mamma Mia!” The Movie at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. While still a week away from a proper opening across the US, it was fun to see the movie again for what is now the third time. The first being a test screening in March, and the second a special BroadwayWorld.com advanced screening in San Diego. And I will also be seeing a second screening here in Los Angeles tomorrow night at the OutFest movie festival. So by the time the movie officially opens on July 18th, I will have seen it four times and who knows how many times I’ll see it once it officially opens.

Back to the Grauman’s event, I have never been to the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre before. What an incredible experience. Hard to believe I’ve lived here in Southern California over 20 years and have never taken the time to come see a movie at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Such a historic theatre and the opportunity to explore all the hand prints and footprints in the cement of the forecourt. I was excited to see the display of the hand prints of the original Star Trek cast. Leonard Nimoy had his prints in the traditional Vulcan hand sign.

While waiting to enter the theatre, I also saw where Meryl Streep had her hand and footprints, she has the tiniest of footprints. Wow. Continue reading Mamma Mia! Sneak Preview at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

All ABBA Channel On SIRIUS Satellite Radio

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced that Channel 3 for a two week period beginning July 7th, 2008 will be become the ABBA Channel. To tie in with “Mamma Mia! The Movie” being released this month, SIRIUS is getting in the act in making sure you have access to an all ABBA channel to get your fix of ABBA songs as well as songs from both the original cast recording and movie cast recordings of Mamma Mia.

The limited engagement channel will also feature stories and insights from ABBA members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus about their many pop classics which have influenced recording artists for over three decades. ABBA Radio will also feature celebrity fans sharing their favorite ABBA music and personal stories, including stars from “Mamma Mia! The Movie” Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Catherine Johnson, film director Phyllida Lloyd and producer Gary Goetzman, as well as Dionne Warwick, Alanis Morissette, songwriter Desmond Child, Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Andy Bell from Erasure, Randy Jones from the Village People, the cast of the Tony Award®-winning musical Spring Awakening, ambassador Ulf Hjertonsson, Per Gessle of Roxette, Nancy Sinatra and Martha Stewart.

Benny Andersson of ABBA in press release issued by SIRIUS said, “Thanks to ABBA Radio on SIRIUS, both new and longtime fans have a place to experience the original music of ABBA, together with the new songs produced for the soundtrack to Mamma Mia! The Movie, in a distinctively innovative way. ABBA Radio allows for our early songs to join the new ones in harmony on SIRIUS’ national platform, and engage all generations of listeners.” Continue reading All ABBA Channel On SIRIUS Satellite Radio

“Could You Wait?” with Louise Pitre

Could You Wait Original Cast RecordingLouise Pitre, who was the original Donna in the original Toronto and Broadway casts of “Mamma Mia!” is back with a new show, this time drawing inspiration from the World War II era. The musical, “Could You Wait?” is a show near and dear to Louise’s heart because it affords her a rare opportunity to work with her husband, Joe Matheson. Together with Diane Leah on piano, the trio have crafted a touching story about finding love and being separated by war and posing the question if the pair could wait for each other.

The show showcases the awkwardness of the initial stages of courtship and how long distance relationships can build via correspondence. Each deals with the awkwardness of what to say and what not to say as each letter exchange occurs before ultimately deciding to wait for each other, despite the concerns of their respective parents. The story gets told through the use of actual World War II era songs along with five songs written especially for the show that fit seamlessly into the show as if they could have been hit songs from the era.

The show hasn’t been seen outside of Ontario, yet. But the cast recording is available and it’s a welcome addition to my collection. Mamma Mia! introduced me to Louise Pitre’s wonderful voice, but it was her albums that made me a fan. So when I found out about this cast album, it was a no brainer, and I had to order it, no matter the cost. And the total cost ended up being about $30 US, but worth every penny. Louise and Joe sing brilliantly together and the songs are excellent showcases for their voices. I bet the show the was spectacular to see too. I hope they get the chance to introduce more audiences to it.

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ABBA Fan Club Publishes My “Mamma Mia! The Movie” Review

The International ABBA Fan Club based in the Netherlands has recently posted an edited version of my “Mamma Mia! The Movie” review. It was edited down for space considerations in their printed magazine. The review appears in Issue # 95 originally published in June 2008. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the issue, they can be ordered directly from the fan club. Go to www.abbafanclub.nl and click on the “About Us” link and select “Back Issues Of The Magazine” in the left column.

I’ve included the review here, it was edited down by Ursula Esser, a friend of mine from the UK, and I think she did a brilliant job condensing the original 5,600+ word review down to an approximate 1,400 word review. If you want to read the original review, click here. Thanks again to Ursula for her wonderful edit job and the ABBA Fan Club for wanting to publish it.

Mamma Mia! Movie Sneak Preview

Fan Club member Ryan Cameron was probably the first fan in the world to see the upcoming Mamma Mia! film in the a test screening in San Diego. Here is what he had to say afterwards. Continue reading ABBA Fan Club Publishes My “Mamma Mia! The Movie” Review

Get Your Mamma Mia! Korean Cast Album

Korean Mamma Mia Cast RecordingJoining the already existing official cast versions in English, Dutch, German, Spanish, and Swedish, Universal Korea has put out a cast album of the Korean language version. Like the Dutch and German cast recordings, this is taken from a live performance as opposed to a proper studio recording. I always find it interesting to get cast albums in other languages and this one has proven to be no exception. It’s yet another language to hear ABBA songs translated into.

Getting a copy of this recording has proven to be a little bit of a challenge, but some perseverance has paid off and not only have I found a retailer that will ship it internationally, they also have a very reasonable price for it. In fact, they didn’t even have it listed until I contacted them to see if they could get it. Once they checked with their suppliers to confirm they could get it, YesAsia.com listed it and they have it available for $15.99 US with all sales in US Dollars (which is so low these days it’s great for others around the world to buy in US dollars.) Continue reading Get Your Mamma Mia! Korean Cast Album

Mamma Mia! – The Movie Review

Mamma Mia! The MovieI just got in from seeing a test screening of Mamma Mia! The Movie. It was absolutely fantastic!! We are definitely in for a treat come July when the movie gets a proper release. Here’s my review. Don’t worry for those not wanting spoilers, I have a warning in place before I discuss the movie so it’ll be safe to stop reading at that point.

Thanks to information posted to ABBAMAIL by Ian Cole about the test screening in San Diego, I managed to get to the screening. I got to the theater with plenty of time to spare, I was early for the recommended arrival time and I saw a few other people with printed out invitations so I followed them in to the waiting area outside the individual theater where the screening would take place.

I stood in line waiting to be issued a wristband and then to proceed to be checked for audio and video recording devices. The invitation recommended leaving cellular phones with cameras in our vehicles because they would not be permitted into the auditorium so I didn’t have my phone with me at all and thought it was going to be a really long hour to sit through without my phone to occupy my time.

As I entered the theater, most of it had been taken by people who were in a line for people who had arrived earlier. The line I was in was the next line to be formed with space assigned for another two lines. And it didn’t look like there was going to be enough room in the theater for everyone. I had to take a seat in the first third of the theater closest to the screen because everything further back was already claimed. Eventually every last seat was filled and quite a number of people had to be tuned away. It looks like it was overbooked on accepted RSVPs, which is certainly one way to pack each and every one of the seats available and the invitation did state that possession of an invitation was still not a guarantee that a seat would be available.

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