ABBAMania a musical “blast from the past”

Published 5:42 pm Monday, March 1, 2010

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life: “ABBAMania” is about to strike in the Camellia City in a few short days. The final production of the Greenville Area Arts Council 2009-2010 season is set for 7 p.m., Monday, March 8 at the Ritz Theatre downtown.

“ABBAMania – The Show” features nine talented musicians and vocalists recreating the experience of ABBA in concert. The show’s producers promise to have the audience dancing in the aisles with songs like “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” and “Take A Chance on Me.”

The Swedish pop group first gained fame as winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, winning fans with their catchy song hooks, thoughtful lyrics and a wall of sound.

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ABBA remains a popular fixture in radio playlists and they are still one of the world’s best selling bands, having sold almost 400 million records worldwide.

“ABBAMania” was formed in 1998 and is now recognized as one of the most authentic ABBA tribute shows in the world. The show has toured the UK, Europe, Canada and the U.S.

Here in Greenville, the Ritz Players used several ABBA songs in their musical fundraiser two years ago that proved to be true crowd pleasers.

“Some of our younger performers weren’t familiar with ABBA’s music, and when they heard it, they loved it. It is fun music that crosses generational lines and this is going to be a great, fun concert all ages can enjoy,” said Nancy Idland, GAAC artistic director.

“We have the Canadian tour members coming to Alabama next week for two shows, and we are lucky enough to be one of their venues.”

Tickets for “ABBAMania” are $20 for adults and $15 for students and available in advance from Grayson’s and The Pineapple.