Theatres Online / 17 Jan 18
ABBA MANIA across the country!
ABBA MANIA TOUR - THE ORIGINAL TRIBUTE FROM LONDON’S WEST END
Producer Stuart Littlewood will present the original tribute from London’s West End ABBA MANIA across the country.
It has now been 31 years since ABBA last toured and today ABBA MANIA continues to grip the nation with countless tributes on television, radio and of course with the hugely popular stage hit Mamma Mia. There are no signs that this popularity is slowing down!
ABBA MANIA the tribute takes you back in time by recreating one of the world’s finest pop groups in a live stage performance. This highly polished and professional production played its first shows in 2000. ABBA MANIA was then invited to perform at London’s West End, and played for 18 weeks at the Strand Theatre.
ABBA MANIA will feature a collection of iconic ABBA hits including; Knowing Me, Knowing You, Chiquitita, The Name Of The Game, Waterloo and SOS.
EIGHT of our favourite ABBA Facts
1. They came together by chance.
Benny Anderson's group, the Hep Stars, and Bjorn Ulvaeus's group, the Hootenanny Singers, met on a bus at a countryside crossroads on the way to a party.
2. They released an album before winning Eurovision.
'Ring Ring' was their debut album which hit the shops in 1973, and they didn't win Eurovision with 'Waterloo' until 1974.
3. They shared the same name as a Swedish seafood.
ABBA was an acronym of the band's first initials - Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, Anni - but already belonged to a company set up in 1838. In 1974 they agreed to officially share the name with the band.
4. Almost all their videos were directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
Hallstrom would win an Oscar for the dark abortionist story 'Cider House Rules' (1999) later in his career, but began his foray into the world of film directing all of ABBA's promotional music videos.
5. Sadly, both in-group marriages ended in divorce.
Famously, Agnetha and Bjorn and Benny and Anni-Frid married, when Abba's music was ruling the world. Both marriages ended, in 1979 and 1981 respectively, although the band did try and continue for a short time after. The atmosphere in the studio was 'weird' though, said Ulvaeus.
6. Abba: Gold is the second bestselling album ever in the UK.
Bigger than Adele's 21 and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, it is surpassed in sales only by Queen's 'Greatest Hits'.
7. Their Australian 1976 TV special got better ratings than the landing on the moon.
ABBA's massive cultural legacy in Australia is reflected in the worldwide global smash film 'Muriel's Wedding' (1994).
8. They'll never reunite.
"We would like people to remember us as we were," said Bjorn Ulvaeus. "Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition."
Posted By: Amy WarnerAssistant Marketing Manager, Grand Theatre Blackpool