Mamma Mia! - How Can I Resist You?
draws together the intertwined tales behind two of popular music's most remarkable stories: the songs of ABBA, and the record-breaking show that gave those songs a fresh life and a whole new audience - "Mamma Mia!"
Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, whose songwriting and production genius was the mainspring of ABBA's success, have collaborated on this book with the team who created "Mamma Mia!" Together they describe, with wit and insight, how ABBA's songs - from "Waterloo" and "Dancing Queen" to "The Winner Takes It All" and "Super Trouper" - emerged to capture the mood of their times and the spirit of an era, and later provided the inspiration for the stage show.
And "Mamma Mia!"'s global producer and creator Judy Craymer - along with writer Catherine Johnson, director Phyllida Lloyd and all the principal creatives - relates the roller coaster saga of the show. Her original spark of an idea for a musical show based around the songs of Benny and Bjorn was kept aflame for ten years before it could burst into scintillating life and set the theatre world on fire. This is a classic theatrical tale, full of drama, setbacks and, ultimately, overwhelming success.
Alongside the text, the book features carefully selected images from both ABBA's and "Mamma Mia!"'s central archives, and from the photographers who recorded the group on stage, off stage and in the studio.
For long-time ABBA fans, Mamma Mia! - How Can I Resist You? represents an opening of the backstage door, offering a fresh glimpse into the original creative process, which will trigger a flood of fond memories. For "Mamma Mia!" audiences, the book is not only a memento of the show but a chance - especially for those who weren't alive to dance to ABBA's music the first time around - to learn more about the songs behind the show and about the people behind the songs.