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Mamma Mia! to Launch Chinese Version
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The global smash hit musical Mamma Mia!, now showing in Shanghai Grand Theater on its China tour, is planning to launch a Chinese version, an official of the theater disclosed on Tuesday.

Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po quoted the official as saying that the musical's European production company, Little Star, has shown a great interest on a Chinese version of the drama. Discussion on the details, such as the scenario and the cast, is expected to be carried out after this performance season ends.

The musical has already been adapted into various languages including Swedish, Russian, Japanese and Korean during its international tour.

The largest difficulty of the adaptations lies on the translation of ABBA's songs, a director of the musical said.

Although many suggested retaining the English lyrics, Little Star believed singing in a local language would make the audience feel more close to the show.

"We now need a Chinese poet as good as ABBA," the director said.

The show's current China tour covers Shanghai (in Shanghai Grand Theater from July 6 to August 2) and Beijing (Poly Theater from August 7 to 19).

( July 18, 2007)

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