Good news, dancing queens! Mamma Mia! The Movie—based on the smash Broadway hit Mamma Mia!—is getting a remake with lots of the original cast members. And we are HERE for it. Mostly because really nothing is better than queen Meryl Streep dancing around in overalls:
But also because that means LOTS more dance-y goodness set to fabulously upbeat ABBA pop songs, framed by some stunning Greek-island scenery.
Or so we hope. The team behind Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (true fans will find this title pretty 👌) hasn't yet announced any plot details. The original story follows single mother Donna and her daughter Sophie during Sophie's wedding weekend, where Sophie concocts a plan to find out exactly who her dad is. She invites three of the possible candidates to the ceremony, much to her mother's dismay, but doesn't end up getting a clear answer. So, producers of the remake are reportedly toying around with the idea of showing the storyline of Donna's love life prior to Sophie—making the film both a prequel and a sequel.#Genius.
Tbh, though, all we care about is that there's tons of dancing. The first movie was choreographed Anthony Van Laast, the man behind the original Broadway choreo, and he recently tweeted about his excitement for the remake, which we're really, really hoping means he's on board. And it's rumored that the sequel will feature new ABBA songs as well as beloved classics, which means plenty of opportunities for huge dance numbers. Do you hear us, Universal?!
Mark your calendars: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again's official release date is July 20, 2018. It's gonna be epic.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.