Abbasolutely! The Abba Show.
Regent on Broadway, Sunday, November 6.
Reviewed by STEPHEN FISHER.
It seems that Abba has found the elixir for eternal popularity as tribute concerts, films, and stage shows sweep the world, each finding a whole new audience for this Swedish vocal pop group that first came to worldwide attention when they won the Eurovision Song Quest in 1974 with Waterloo.
Even the original group found much favour outside the core teenage market, and this cross-over audience has ensured that the music of Abba remains as popular today as it was when it first came to our attention.
While I may have had issues with the technical aspects of sound and lighting of Sunday night's presentation, it was great to see a production with so much confidence in its material. This group literally romped through Abba's stream of hits including Mamma Mia, Fernando, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Take a Chance on Me, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many, many more.
With tireless energy the group encouraged the audience to join in, first in song, then onto their feet, responding to the driving rhythms of Dancing Queen. From then on, the audience responded enthusiastically to these much loved anthems.
As tribute shows go The Abba Show may have had a surprising difficulty reproducing the purity of sound for which the original group became famous, but there is no doubt that these tunes were simply Solid Gold to the ears of the ageing audience, who were all on their feet through to the closing medley.
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