Abba Musical To Hit London Stages In Spring 1999

Looks like the "Dancing Queen" will be trading in her disco ball for running lights.

Bjorn Ulvaeus, a vocalist in the '70s Swedish pop group mega-group Abba, has written a musical about the band's 11-year history, "Mama Mia," named for a song on Abba's 1975 self-titled second album, according to "The Hollywood Reporter."

With a budget projected at close to $10 million, "Mama Mia" is expected to reach London theaters in the spring of next year and the production will include more than 20 Abba songs as part of its score.

The new musical does not mark Ulvaeus' first stage venture, however, as he and Abba bandmate Benny Andersson co-wrote another musical, "Chess," with a frequent Andrew Lloyd Webber collaborator, Tim Rice.