Universal hopes 'Mamma Mia!' sings

'Sing-Along Edition' bound for theaters nationwide

Moviegoers who can't resist singing along to "Dancing Queen" are in luck.

Universal is looking to pump up Labor Day weekend grosses for its hit movie musical "Mamma Mia!" by presenting "Mamma Mia! The Sing-Along Edition" in select theaters nationwide.

Powered by ABBA tunes, the musical starring Meryl Streep has grossed more than $320 million worldwide. Domestically, it has grossed nearly $117 million and is close to surpassing "Hairspray" (which grossed nearly $119 million) to become one of the top-grossing musicals of all time, ranking below "Grease," "Chicago" and "The Sound of Music."

For the sing-along engagements, the movie's prints will include subtitled lyrics to all the songs so that audiences can sing along. "Sing-along" showings of movie musicals have become popular on the festival circuit, and last summer New Line also employed the strategy several weeks into its run of "Hairspray."

Gregg Kilday 8/19/08 digest version

On Aug. 29, Universal will release a sing-a-long version of "Mamma Mia!" in select theaters nationwide. Audiences will be invited to follow subtitled lyrics to the ABBA tunes which power the movie musical, which has grossed more than $320 million worldwide to date.