• Abba, they’re back!

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    In 2013, Abbamania had audiences dancing in the aisles in a series of Manila concerts

    In 2013, Abbamania had audiences dancing in the aisles in a series of Manila concerts

    Abbamania, the acclaimed Abba tribute group from Europe that provides the closest thing to a true Abba experience in concert, will be arriving for a series of shows around the Philippines this month.

    The group has returned in response to the massive demand from Abba-loving Filipinos to “bring back the disco” to the country after its successful concert series in 2013.

    A production of Viva Live Inc. and Redstone Media Productions, the self-titled concert will be held at the Solaire Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resorts and Casinos on March 21 and at the Plenary Hall of the PICC on Roxas Boulevard on March 22. These Metro Manila shows will be followed by other performances at the Baguio Country Club in Baguio City on March 25; the Waterfront, Cebu City Hotel and Casino on March 27; the L.L. Macias Sports and Cultural Center in Dumaguete City on March 28; and finally on March 30 at the Lagao Gym in General Santos City.

    Abbamania was formed in 1998. The group has performed in sold out concerts in Denmark, England, Portugal, Scotland, Belgium, France, Ireland, Germany and other parts of the world. Playing the singers and the band are Ewa Scott, a classically trained vocalist from Poland; Sharon Fehlberg an actress, singer and songwriter from the UK; Steven Galert, the multi-instrumentalist musical director of Abbamania; Adam Robertson, another multi-instrumentalist from the UK; Bryan Smith, a guitarist from Scotland; guitarist Gareth Whitehead; and drummer Lee Brady.

    Watching Abbamania in concert is a great opportunity for fans of the legendary group from Sweden to approximate a real Abba performance. The original group came to be in the early 1970s with members Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They quickly made it to the big time after winning the Grand Prix at the Eurovision Song Festival with the song “Waterloo.” More hits followed until the group broke up during the late 1980s. Close to four decades later, Abba’s songs have remained popular with the group’s greatest hits even immortalized on stage and film via the musical and motion picture Mamma Mia!

    Just like their idols, AbbaMania will have audiences dancing in the aisles with their fabulous live show featuring nearly two hours of pure nostalgia with songs like “Waterloo,” “Money Money,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “One Last Summer,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Knowing Me Knowing You,” “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Super Trouper,” “I Have A Dream,” “S.O.S.,” “Chiquitita,” and “Fernando,” among others.

    For ticket inquiries, call Ticketnet at 911-5555; SM Tickets at 470-2222; Ticketworld at 891-9999; the PICC at 789-4734; and Viva Concerts at 687-7236.

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