about the show
Revisit the sensational 1970s as you “Take a Chance” on ABBA Mania, the world's most successful touring ABBA show. Enjoy all of your favorite hits, including “Voulez Vous,” “Super Trouper,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia!” and many more. This British tribute show revives memories of when the legendary Swedish quartet ruled the airwaves, while it introduces a whole new generation of fans to their unique and exuberant pop sounds.
ABBA fandom continues to grip the globe, with countless tributes on television and radio, as well as the hugely popular film and stage production Mamma Mia! The group’s popularity continues to inspire countless tribute bands. There are over 40 ABBA tribute bands in the United Kingdom alone, with ABBA Mania standing out as one of the finest.
ABBA Mania 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 was created in 1999 and played its first shows in 2000. The tribute band performed in London’s West End for 18 weeks, and sold out 21 shows in Berlin.
One of ABBA Mania’s crowning achievements is performing in a one-time television special in 2004, celebrating ABBA’s 30th anniversary of winning the Eurovision Contest. Broadcast all across Europe, original ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus attended and millions saw the show.
ABBA formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. The band chose the name ABBA as an acronym of the first letters of the band members' first names: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
The most successful group to take part in the1974 Eurovision song contest, they won with “Waterloo.” The band went on to top international music charts from 1975 to 1982, and sold over 380 million albums and singles worldwide, making them one of the bestselling music artists of all time. They are the first group to come from a foreign country that enjoyed consistent success in English-speaking countries. Hugely popular in Latin American markets, the group also recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.
During the band's active years, Fältskog and Ulvaeus were married, as were Lyngstad and Andersson. Superstardom took its toll on their romances, however, and both couples later divorced. These relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with later compositions including noticeably more introspective lyrics.
The band never announced an official breakup, but their final public performance together was on the British TV program The Late, Late Breakfast Show in 1982. Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage (including the musical Chess with renowned lyricist Tim Rice), while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers.
ABBA's music declined in popularity until several movies - notably the 1994 films Muriel's Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - revived interest in the group, spawning several tribute bands. In 1999 ABBA’s music gained worldwide attention once again when British playwright Catherine Johnson’s musical Mamma Mia! became a Broadway sensation. Then in 2008, a British film of the same name was nominated for several BAFTA and Golden Globe awards, proving that audiences still loved the music.
Except for a TV appearance in 1986, the foursome did not come together again publicly until the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia! in 2008. In an interview following the film premiere, Ulvaeus said: "We will never appear on stage again. There is simply no motivation to re-group. Money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were: young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted ABBA in 2010. ABBA The Museum, an interactive exhibition, opened in Stockholm in May 2013.
Mark Thomas — Björn Ulvaeus: Thomas landed his first record contract when he was only a teenager. During his career, he has performed at such prestigious venues as the London Palladium and the Royal Festival Hall.
Daniel Dibdin – Benny Andersson: Dibdin spent three years on tour as assistant musical director and keyboard player on the tour of the West End Show The Rat Pack. He bears such a resemblance to Benny Andersson that Dibdin’s wife once jokingly said that if he wanted to leave her, all he had to do was grow a beard and join an ABBA tribute band.
Carley Broom – Agnetha Fältskog: Broom started performing at the age of 15 as a singer. She has toured with a variety of bands and shows, ranging from musicals and jazz festivals to heavy rock. In the United Kingdom, Broom toured with the National Youth Orchestra as lead vocalist.
Katy Summer – Anni-Frid Lyngstad: Summer has worked as a session vocalist, and also writes her own music. She received a BA Honours degree in Contemporary Music at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, England.