'Mamma Mia!' coming to China

June 03, 2010 | Posted by Chris

An agreement signed yesterday in Beijing will pave the way for a Chinese production of the popular musical "Mamma Mia!", making it the first worldwide musical to be produced in China, Xinhua News reports. The China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) will be the local partner responsible for translating and producing the musical in Chinese, which will be the play's 13th foreign language version. "It combines a funny plot, magical music and the humane theme about love in the form of comedy. It has attracted millions of people around the world, thus I believe Chinese audiences will like it," said Zhang Yu, president of CAEG. Organizers speculate the project will take about a year to complete, at which time they will begin marketing and tour operations that they hope will help develop a nascent theater industry in China.

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