|An independent, single mother who owns a
small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna (Meryl Streep) is about
to let go of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), the spirited daughter she’s
raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two
lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie (Julie
Walters) and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya (Christine Baranski)—from
her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has
secretly invited three guests of her own.
On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.
Meryl lead the 'Mamma Mia' crew a merry dance
(Hello! magazine, Oct 25, 2007)
With Mamma Mia actors Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep clearly in the mood to let their hair down, the wrap party for the movie was an all singing, all dancing affair.
Leading the revelry on the Greek island of Skopelos, the location for their version of the hit Abba stage show, the actors got in the groove and sang the night away.
The merry group, including their co-star Colin Firth, boogied along as Pierce was followed on the mike by two-time Oscar winner Meryl. In a repeat of her performance on screen, the multi-talented actress belted out Dancing Queen.
And the 58-year-old veteran has promised the scene will bring the house down. "Shooting (that song) was probably the most fun," she laughed. "It'll take your head off."
|Pierce's Greek Getaway
(Woman's Day, Oct 1, 2007)
Former 007 Pierce Brosnan managed to squeeze in some family time while in the Greek islands filming scenes for the film version of Mamma Mia!, hitting the beach with wife Keely Shaye Smith and their sons Dylan, 10, and Paris, 6.
While Keely was happy to let it all hang out, her husband covered up in a shirt and hat.
Pierce says a paid holiday was the last thing on his mind when he signed on to do the film—admitting he just wanted to work with co-stars Meryl Streep and Colin Firth.
“When people ask me what I am doing next, and I say Mamma Mia!, a look of shock comes across their faces. [But] I said ‘Yes’ right away because it meant working with Meryl.
“And what a kick in the pants to be able to go off and spend time with her on a Greek island singing ABBA songs.”
While Pierce, 54, filmed some of his own stunts as Bond, he’s having a little trouble with the disco-inspired choreography of his latest project.
“Colin is a lot more nimble than me. It’s going to be a real battle,” he admits.
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with Mamma Mia! creator Catherine Johnson
(Bristol Evening Post, Sept 6, 2007, by Natalie Hale)
The film will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson as executive producers. And if that bunch of A-listers weren't enough, the cast list is looking good too.
"We've got Meryl Streep playing the female lead, and for the dads we have Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard. The other two women are Julie Walters and Christine Baranski. It's fantastic casting, and the chemistry between them all is amazing.
"Everyone is having a good time and it really shows from the work that they're producing. They have all tackled the singing and dancing with great gusto. People who you wouldn't have down as musical stars are coming out with these fantastic voices. It's great.
"Colin Firth is hilarious. He's a consummate performer. He has put up with an awful lot of difficult scenes. There's one with these two dogs, and one of them absolutely refused to engage in the process. Colin was very good at encouraging him and never lost his cool.
"The shooting in Pinewood has been completed and they've all gone off to Greece now to do the location shooting. I'll be going over in a week or so to see how things are going."
look: 'Mamma Mia!' stars having the time of their life
(USA Today, Aug 29, 2007, by Susan Wloszczyna)
The mother of all jukebox musicals is going Hollywood.
Mamma Mia! is the name of the game as super troupers Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan meet their Waterloo and other catchy chart-toppers by '70s Swedish pop sensation ABBA in the film adaptation.
As the show seen by more than 30 million Dancing Queen-humming theatergoers worldwide continues its sixth year on Broadway, the production of the summer 2008 release has shifted to the picturesque isles of Greece this week after 10 weeks at Pinewood Studios outside of London.
That fairy-tale setting is where bride-to-be Sophia (Amanda Seyfried of Mean Girls) gathers three ex-suitors of her taverna-owning mom, Donna (Streep), the better to learn which one is her father.
The hook-happy songs written by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus provide much of the electricity on stage, but movies need stars. And Mamma Mia! creator Judy Craymer, who also is one of the film's producers, says the key to luring such non-musical talents as Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgard as the possible papas was the mighty Meryl.
"She obviously loves singing and was bursting to do it with various projects," Craymer says of the 14-time Oscar nominee who famously lost Evita to Madonna.
"We knew that she had seen the show because she wrote a letter to the Broadway cast five years ago. Now she gets to sing nine ABBA songs."
Streep also plays disco diva with pals Julie Walters as fun-loving Rosie and Christine Baranski as naughty divorcée Tanya, who used to perform as Donna and the Dynamos.
"These are great roles for people of a certain age," Craymer says. "We explore the relationship between Sam (Brosnan) and Donna a little more. There are no bounds on romance with Pierce Brosnan."
The former James Bond never had the occasion to break into song in his 007 outings, although he warbled Irish folk tunes in 2002's Evelyn.
But Brosnan is making up for lost time. "When people ask me what I am doing next, and I say Mamma Mia!, a look of shock comes across their faces," he says on the first day of shooting on Skiathos in 100-degree heat. "Then they ask, 'Do you sing?' But so far, I've gotten away with it."
Craymer assures: "He sings brilliantly. He does a sexy Springsteen-style thing."
Though some might salivate at the thought of La Streep laying into The Winner Takes It All, ABBA fan Craymer is most thrilled Benny and Björn are on board. "They re-orchestrated tracks with the original ABBA band. It is a wonderful soundtrack."
That's one way to say Thank You for the Music.
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