Mama Mia! The Smash Hit Musical which had a successful run from December 17 2008 to January 4 2009 at the Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur will certainly be remembered as one of the most entertaining musicals to hit our shores. The musical played to wildly enthusiastic audiences at all its sold-out performances. Among those who watched the musical were royalty, dignitaries and the glitterati. Their Royal Highnesses, the King and Queen of Malaysia attended one of the shows. So did our prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah. Our deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were also there as were several other VIPs.
Mama Mia! The Musical has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities in 8 languages around the world. Audiences all over the world have fallen in love with the characters, story and the songs of ABBA that have made Mama Mia! such a hit. In fact due to the overwhelming response to the musical in Malaysia, 4 extra shows had to be added. For about 3 weeks, some 33,000 Malaysians (and others) got to experience the charm and magic of Mama Mia! Malaysians, who are generally a reserved lot, discarded their inhibitions and stood up to sing, clap and dance during the shows. Way to go! It felt good to see so many people really enjoying themselves and having fun. To the cast of Mama Mia! - thank you for the music, thank you for the memories!
A total of RM1.2 million was raised from the Charity Night and contributions from Star Foundation and Capitaland. In spite of the economic downturn, many caring Malaysians dug deep into their pockets to donate for a worthy cause. Which proves that Malaysians are generous and really do have a heart of gold. The money collected was channelled to 10 charitable organizations, amongst them the National Heart Institue Foundation, Hospis Malaysia, The Befrienders Kuala Lumpur and HOPE Worldwide Malaysia.
Best Wishes As Usual,