FRAMINGHAM – For the first-time ever, the award-winning Framingham High School Drama Company is performing a jukebox musical.
Thursday night, December 6, is opening night for Mamma Mia!. the musical featuring the songs from ABBA, a Swedish pop group, that last performed together ironically, before any of the high schoolers were even born. ABBA last performed together in 1982.
And the Drama Company’s first jukebox musical has become its fastest selling show ever. Framingham High will stage five performances over two weekends. Many shows are close to selling out. One reason for the tickets sales is the reputation of the high school’s production. The seconds reason is the fun music from ABBA .
ABBA, who won a European contest in 1974 with their song Waterloo, went on to become one of the most successful groups of the 1970s, selling more than 400 million records, before the couple divorced and stopped performing.
And relationships is the focus of the Broadway musical featuring the ABBA songs. Most of the music and lyrics for Mamma Mia! are by ABBA members Benny Andersson and jorn Ulvaeus with song songs by Stig Anderson. The musical was conceived by Judy Craymer, with a book by Catherine Johnson.
In Mamma Mia!, a young woman invites three men from her mother’s diary to her Greek island wedding, hoping to identify which one is her father.
Framingham High alumni Chloe Kounadis, who toured with a production of Mamma Mia! is the choreographer.
Andy Jasinski oversees the orchestra, featuring student musicians.
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