Abba Members Attend Abbaworld London Premiere
Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus, one half of the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA, made a rare joint appearance to mark the official opening of Abbaworld - a grandiose interactive exhibition staged at London's Earl's Court venue.
Introduced to the stage by Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, who called the band "incredible ambassadors for our industry" and presented the duo with a plaque commemorating 375 million record sales worldwide, Lyngstad expressed her delight with the Abbaworld show, which is promoted by Live Nation.
"We've already been through the exhibition and I must say I'm so proud of the team that has worked here and also to be part of what is happening here tonight," she said. "We have been on a journey again, in a way."
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Mamma Mia! Judy Craymer to create Spice Girls musical
A new West End musical featuring the music of the Spice Girls is being produced by the mastermind behind the phenomenal success of Mamma Mia!
The show Viva Forever - the title of a Spice Girls' hit - is yet to be written but Judy Craymer, the main architect behind the stage show Mamma Mia!, said she expected it to be on the London stage within two or three years.
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Abba members to attend band's London exhibition opening
Abba group members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Anna-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad are to attend the premiere of a new exhibition that celebrates their success.
The two members of the pop supergroup are due to attend a preview of Abba World at Earl's Court, in central London, next Tuesday.
Fans can test their Abba knowledge, marvel at the costumes and sing along with some of the catchiest songs of the past 35 years when the interactive exhibition opens its doors to the public on Wednesday in London.
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ABBA duo linked to Doctor Who spin-off musical show
London, Jan 8 : ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus had been lined up for a musical version of Doctor Who spin-off show Torchwood, reveals a new book.
In the book, head writer Russell T Davies reveals that he was asked about the concept.
"They have the two chaps from Abba on board," the BBC quoted him as being told.
Davies said after he had finished laughing he asked for clarification.
"Yep. Bjorn and Benny love Torchwood," he was informed.
But the idea never progressed beyond the early stages.
Happy New Year!
On the plane they had the idea of writing a musical based on New Year's celebrations.
Benny recalls "We thought it would be a good framework, a few people in a room, looking back on what has been, thinking about the future, that sort of thing". They met British comedian John Cleese, star of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers which they were huge fans of, at the holiday resort and asked him over dinner if he would be interested in writing the story for their proposed musical. Cleese turned them down however, and the idea of an Abba musical was abandoned - until Mamma Mia appeared 20 years later!
They finished writing Happy New Year anyway, as a song with a message for the future. Bjorn says "I feel that one of the biggest problems in the Western world today is the lack of confidence, and the way of looking negatively at the future. So 'Happy New Year' is about trying to set up positive goals for the future. That's a political message in itself." Happy New Year was recorded on April 9 1980 and released on the Super Trouper album on November 3 1980. Its the closest Abba came to recording a traditional Christmas song, wth the original working title being the more festive and humurous: 'Daddy Don't Get Drunk On Christmas Day'.