‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

By: Kelsie Calderon | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 9:00 AM, Jul 19, 2018 Updated: 12:07 PM, Jul 9, 2018

When Mamma Mia came out ten years ago, it became an instant movie classic. It made more money that year than Iron Man, Wall-E, and Quantum of Solace. The sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, is out July 20th – so to celebrate, here are five things you didn’t know about the franchise that made ABBA even more famous. 

1. Mamma Mia Mixed Culture

The first thing you didn’t know about Mamma Mia is that it grabs inspiration from a lot of cultures. The movie is based on music from the 70s Swedish pop band ABBA, has an Italian title, stars English-speaking actors, and was shot in Greece! 

2. The Broadway Show  

Next, the Broadway show that the movie is based on had over 5,000 performances and grossed over $600 million dollars. Mamma Mia was on Broadway for 14 years, making it the ninth-longest running show in all of Broadway’s history. Wowza! 

3. Turning Day to Night   

The third thing you didn’t know about Mamma Mia is that there are many scenes throughout the first film that take place late at night, like the song “I Have a Dream.” However, this scene was actually filmed during the day. It was all changed through the magic of editing to make it look like it was shot at night. 

4. Meryl StreepFilmed All Her Songs in One Week 

Meryl Streep filmed all her scenes for the upcoming Mamma Mia sequel in one week. The new film will focus on Streep’s character during her younger days.  

5. Mamma Cher  

Finally, though Cher will be playing Meryl Streep’s mother in the new sequel, Cher is only three years older than Streep. 

Are you as excited as we are for the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again? Don’t miss the musical comedy in theaters July 20th. 


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