The Show Must Go On ... And On

Where do old pop stars go when the rocking stops? More and more, they head for the stages of Broadway and London's West End. Perhaps mindful that many of those who once frantically screamed their names in stadiums now prefer a nice dinner and an evening at the theater, household names from the 1970s and '80s are hotfooting it to the footlights.

The Swedish pop group ABBA was the first to make it work. Mamma Mia!, a "catalog musical" — one that features old hits bound together by a new story — has grossed more than $92 million since opening...

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