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MAMMA MIA! Finland

95.000 visitors enjoyed the world’s biggest musical success MAMMA MIA! with all songs and script translated into Finnish and with Finnish actors, singers and dancers.

The musical premiered in May 4th 2018.

A brand-new Messukeskus Amfi-Theatre was opened at Messukeskus together with the premiere of MAMMA MIA! The Messukeskus Amfi-Theatre will be dedicated in presenting world-famous musicals for the Finnish audience.

MAMMA MIA! Finnish cast 2018.
Photos by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

The MAMMA MIA! phenomena

Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! After its world premiere in London in April 1999, the musical has conquered the whole world. It has become a global entertainment phenomenon, which has now been seen by over 60 million people worldwide, in over 440 major cities.
MAMMA MIA! had its Swedish-speaking premiere in Finland in 2014 at Svenska Teatern. In the spring 2018 the creative team from London returned to Helsinki to secure the international standard of the show for the Finnish version.


Finally, in Finnish!

The world’s biggest musical success MAMMA MIA! has now been produced in the Finnish language for the first time. The script and the songs were translated into Finnish and an ensemble of the best Finnish actors, singers and dancers performed on the stage of The Messukeskus Amfi-Theatre. The musical had its premiere on Friday May 4th and ran for a restricted period during spring 2018.

Judy Craymer, creator and producer says:
“We are thrilled to be bringing MAMMA MIA! to Finland for the first ever Finnish-language production. The heart-warming and feel-good story is fun for all the family, and we can’t wait to share MAMMA MIA! and the irresistible songs of ABBA with Finland this time in Finnish.”

The producers, Bengt Bauler and Per C Hansson from PER C and Johan Storgård from ACE-Production express:
“To produce the world-renowned musical MAMMA MIA! in one’s own language makes the experience complete and more genuine than to present it in a language that is not one’s own. This time the story can be enjoyed in the Finnish language. We are stunned over the reaction of the Finnish audience for MAMMA MIA! - in Finnish.”

Brand-new Messukeskus Amfi-Theatre
“The Messukeskus Amfi-Theatre is debuting as Finland's largest musical theater that offers spectacular musicals to the audience, an auditorium with over 3 000 seats and attractive catering and supplementary services” says Messukeskus Development Manager Jussi Kivikari.

MAMMA MIA! – the story

Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!

Facts about MAMMA MIA! in Finnish
Show venue: Helsinki Messukeskus Amfi-Theatre
Premiere: May 4th 2018

Original creative team

Music and Lyrics: Benny Andersson Björn Ulvaeus
Book: Catherine Johnson
Production Design: Mark Thompson
Lighting Design: Howard Harrison
Sound Design: Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken
Musical Supervisor, Additional Material
and Arrangements: Martin Koch
Choreography: Anthony Van Laast
Director: Phyllida Lloyd