Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again... Live ABBA tribute show coming to Stevenage stage
PUBLISHED: 17:27 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 00:14 02 July 2018
With movie sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again about to hit cinema screens, and new ABBA music also on its way later this year, catch the ABBA Forever concert show in Stevenage.
Dancing Queens and Super Troupers pull on your spandex and platform boots and get ready to dance in the aisles to ABBA’s biggest hits.
The ABBA Forever live tribute show celebrating the music of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad can be seen on stage at the Gordon Craig Theatre Concert Hall on Friday, July 6 at 8pm.
Presented by Sweeney Entertainments, the unique ABBA sound is replicated with an incredible attention to detail, using a six-piece band featuring electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards and piano, drums and bass guitar.
Jane Ellis performs as Agnetha in the show. She said: “Both leading ladies of ABBA are hard acts to follow and were very dynamic and charismatic on stage, so we do try to make our show very visual and high energy.
“We play all the big ABBA hits and more, even putting some surprise album tracks in there for the most ardent ABBA fan.”
Featuring dynamic choreography, stunning visuals and top-class musicianship, ABBA Forever will take you on a journey back to the 70s when the Scandinavian fab four ruled the UK charts with hits such as Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me and Knowing Me, Knowing You.
From the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus, it is a two-hour ABBA spectacular.
“The music is played live and the musicians try hard to keep the music as authentic as possible and as near to the true ABBA sound without the need to add their own personal stamp,” said Jane.
“We think ABBA’s music is second to none and we certainly don’t feel we could improve it by changing it in any way, but try our best to replicate the original as much as we can.
“Whether the audience want to join in the fun or just sit and listen to the show, we hope they will be entertained and taken along an ABBA experience.”
Explaining how she got involved with the show, Jane said: “I was already in the performing industry and having been brought up on ABBA with my parents, both my sister and I loved the music so it was such an obvious choice for me.
“I had also been in a girl band previously, when someone made a throwaway comment that I had a look of Agnetha with this 70s style hat I was wearing, but at the time I suppose, I didn’t think anything of it.
“It wasn’t until later, when I was in between jobs as they say, that I decided to do the ABBA Tribute.”
Although not having seen the Swedish band live on stage herself, Jane said: “We have studied DVDs and YouTube videos of their concerts and we try to emulate those, obviously on a smaller scale.
“They had full orchestras and many more musicians and artistes on stage with a much bigger budget I’m afraid.
“However, we do have many similar effects as they did and we try to portray the same feel with as much authenticity as possible as an original ABBA concert.”
With so many famous tracks , Jane says it’s hard picking a favourite ABBA song.
“This is very difficult as I have so many, but one of them would have to be Lay All Your Love on Me.”
She added: “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform some of the greatest songs of all time to an audience who share the love of the music.
“I love to sing and dance and just perform in general. I find the shows so much fun and it is rewarding to see the audience enjoying it, too.”
• Tickets for ABBA Forever in Stevenage cost £23.50.
Call the box office on 01438 363200 or book online at https://www.gordon-craig.co.uk/abba-forever-i1930