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Take A Chance On Me!


A one-of-a-kind theatrical competition launched a nationwide search to find the future musical theatre stars of global smash hit and feel-good musical MAMMA MIA!. Seen by 65 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA! has wowed audiences across the globe and continues to break box office records.

MAMMA MIA! I Have a Dream was a brand-new eight-part series from producers Thames, a Fremantle label, and Littlestar, and aired on ITV1, ITVX and STV.

MAMMA MIA! I Have a Dream searched for two ingénues to play the roles of Sophie and Sky in MAMMA MIA! in London's West End, as characterised by Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper in the two films. Throughout the series, musical theatre hopefuls were put through their paces as they navigated their way through challenges, masterclasses, and performances.

Filmed against the beautiful backdrop of the idyllic Greek islands, where the original MAMMA MIA! story is set, it looked and felt like no other talent show on television. Audiences saw the contestants mentored by guest industry stars through unique workshops and judged by a panel of well-known industry experts in both music and theatre. Contestants had the full MAMMA MIA! experience and got to see first-hand what it's like to be part of a West End musical.

Radio and TV stalwart Zoe Ball hosted the highly anticipated theatrical competition. Joining Zoe, our judges, comedian and TV personality Alan Carr; singer songwriter Jessie Ware; Olivier Award Winner Amber Riley and Samantha Barks, star of Frozen in London's West End. Each brought their own unique blend of expertise from comedic interpretation to providing an invaluable insight into the skills required to perform to a West End theatre audience.

Creator and global producer of MAMMA MIA! and co-executive producer of MAMMA MIA! I Have a Dream, Judy Craymer was also on hand to offer her expertise to the judges who were tasked with making tough decisions in their search to find the next West End superstars.

Judy Craymer said: "MAMMA MIA! has always been a show that has encouraged young actors and given opportunities to those making their stage debuts - just as our current Sophie and Sky in London (Meg Hateley and Miles Henderson) are making their West End debuts - so it feels the perfect fit for a TV show that will seek out new talent for musical theatre.

"In the lead-up to the celebrations for the stage musical's 25th birthday in 2024, we're really looking forward to working with Thames and ITV on this show and involving our well-loved musical as much as possible in the programme."

Amelia Brown, Managing Director of Thames, said: "The excitement we have for making this show is like no other - it's a dream come true for so many of us at Thames. Merging the global brand of MAMMA MIA! and all the talent at Littlestar with the power behind the talent show juggernauts such as Britain's Got Talent will mean it's a show that can't be missed."

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Comissioning at ITV added: "MAMMA MIA! I Have A Dream is everything we could want in an entertainment show - legendary music, an iconic West End theatre show, high energy performances, and a brand new search for talent, set against the backdrop of a gorgeous island."

MAMMA MIA! I Have a Dream was executive produced by Amelia Brown, Charlie Irwin and Ashley Whitehouse for Thames (a Fremantle label) and Judy Craymer for Littlestar. The show was commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, Lily Wilson, Commissioning Editor for ITV and Louise Major, Commissioning Editor for ITV.

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