NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) -- Mamma Mia!, the stage musical phenomenon inspired by the songs of ABBA, is to end its 14-year Broadway run Sept. 5, creator and producer Judy Craymer announced.
The show will have played 5,765 performances by the time it closes. It is the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five current musicals to have run for more 10 years on the Great White Way. Mamma Mia! opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on Oct. 18, 2001, following the success of the London production, which debuted in 1999 and continues to play to packed houses at the The Novello Theatre in the West End. "Mamma Mia! has celebrated a passionate 14-year love affair with New York City," Craymer said in a statement Thursday. "I am thrilled that Mamma Mia! has brought the music of ABBA to Broadway and so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful actors, musicians, stage managers, crew, front of house staff and the other people of the theater who have given their professional lives and souls to be part of the Mamma Mia! family and adventure on Broadway. And a huge thank you to our fans who have come from all over the world to see the show. It's an honor to be recognized as one of the most popular shows in Broadway history and we're looking forward to celebrating our last summer at the Broadhurst Theatre."