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ABBA THE MUSEUM -THE WORLD TOUR 2009!

15 12 2008

The global love affair with ABBA seems to grow more ardent with every passing day. Now the world has an opportunity to experience ABBA more intimately than ever before.

As the Mamma Mia! movie, DVD and soundtrack album are enjoyed by millions worldwide, there are preparations to take ABBA the Museum – the living story of Sweden’s most celebrated, iconic musicians – on the road in 2009.

A unique touring exhibition filled with music, original costumes, history, images, instruments and never-before-displayed memorabilia from the group’s recording and performing heyday, ABBA the Museum is an interactive experience featuring the latest technology in sound, visuals, multimedia and communications.

It is the only exhibition of its kind, approved by ABBA, with more than 750 pieces of memorabilia. Most of these have been supplied exclusively by the quartet: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Agnetha Faltskog.

ABBA the Museum is produced by Touring Exhibitions (TX) of Stockholm, backed by Parks & Resorts Scandinavia, the largest amusement park company in Sweden; Polar Music, the company behind ABBA’s original success, part of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company; Live Nation, the world’s largest live music company; Synergera Rättighetsförvaltning and Eventum Exhibitions.

Magnus Danielsson, President of Touring Exhibitions, said: “ABBA the Museum puts the visitor right into the middle of the ABBA experience, from past to present! It’s perfect for the whole family, with so much to see, hear, feel, touch and experience, thanks to state-of-the-art technology. The museum will even enable you virtually to sing and perform ABBA’s hits in front of a ‘live’ sell-out crowd at stadiums where ABBA performed back in the day.”

Before joining Touring Exhibitions as President, Magnus Danielsson was responsible for the European division of Feld Motor Sports, formerly Live Nation Motor Sports.

ABBA the Museum was originally to have opened in Stockholm in 2009, but this has been deferred as a result of project complications and a delay in the renovation of the location, Stockholm’s 100-year-old building, Stora Tullhuset.

In the meantime, ABBA the Museum will embark on its world tour starting next year. The producers are currently drawing up plans with prospective business partners, and choosing countries and cities to visit.

The itinerary will take into account the renewed worldwide ardour for ABBA, stimulated by the smash Universal Pictures film of the stage musical based on their songs. Mamma Mia! is now the most successful movie musical of all time, and its November release on video has also broken records around the world: in the UK, for example, it became the fastest-selling DVD ever





14 12 2008

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Björn and Benny accepting platinum awards for sales of Mamma Mia! DVD in Sweden (5 x platinum) and Norway (5 x platinum). 

Benny said, “even in our wildest dreams we couldn´t imagine the film would be such a success”.

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ABBA RADIO IS BACK ON SIRIUS

13 12 2008

On December 12, Channel 3 becomes ABBA Radio, which will broadcast ABBA music 24/7 for one week and will feature all the hits originally performed by the group. The channel will also feature tracks from the original cast recording of the hit stage musical phenomenon, MAMMA MIA!. In addition, SIRIUS XM listeners will hear two-time Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth sing ABBA songs on the soundtrack to MAMMA MIA! The Movie; the film is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray Hi-Def on December 16.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING ON ABBA RADIO
Catch a brand new interview with ABBA’s Benny Andersson. It will air on 12/15 at 2 pm ET, 12/16 at 8 pm ET, 12/17 at 11 am ET, 12/18 at 9 pm ET, 12/19 at 9 am ET, 12/20 at 2 pm ET and 12/21 at 6 am ET.

Here’s our schedule of celebrity ABBA fans who will be Guest DJing on ABBA Radio:

Monday December 15
10 am ET Martha Stewart
1 pm ET Neil Sedaka
4 pm ET Andreas Carlsson
7 pm ET Judy Craymer
10 pm ET Henrik Lunqvist of The New York Rangers

Tuesday December 16
1 am ET Desmond Child
10 am ET Cousin Brucie
1 pm ET Dionne Warwick
4 pm ET Nigel Lythgoe
7 pm ETJudy McLane
10 pm ET Swedish Ambassador Ulf Hjertonsson

Wednesday December 17
1 am ET The cast of Spring Awakening
10 am ET Andy Bell of Erasure
1 pm ET Nancy Sinatra
4 pm ET Per Gessle of Roxette
7 pm ET Fred Bronson
10 pm ET Nina Persson of The Cardigans

Thursday December 18
1 am ET Judy Cramer
10 am ET Desmond Child
1 pm ET Andreas Carlsson
4 pm ET Martha Stewart
7 pm ET Judy McLane
10 pm ET Cousin Brucie

Friday December 19
1 am ET Nigel Lythgoe
10 am ET Neil Sedaka
1 pm ET Judy Craymer
4 pm ET Randy Jones from The Village People
7 pm ET Andy Bell of Erasure
10 pm ET Henrik Lundqvist

Saturday December 20
1 am ET Per Gessle
10 am ET Ulf Hjertonsson
1 pm ET Martha Stewart
4 pm ET The cast of Spring Awakening
7 pm ET Desmond Child
10 pm ET Adreas Carlsson

Sunday December 21
1 am ET Randy Jones from The Village People
10 am ET Nina Persson
1 pm ET Fred Bronson
4 pm ET Per Gessle
7 pm ET Cousin Brucie
10 pm ET Nancy Sinatra





Mamma Mia! Golden Globe nominations.

12 12 2008

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
MAMMA MIA!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
MERYL STREEP MAMMA MIA!





ABBA The Museum Update

12 12 2008

The following e-mail was sent out to holders of Platinum packages for ABBA The Museum today:

A message to those who have bought tickets / gift vouchers for ABBA the Museum in Stockholm, but haven’t yet applied for a refund. On November 22, Touring Exhibitions AB bought all rights to ABBA the Museum. As previously announced, the opening of the exhibition has been delayed and since we are unable at this time to announce a new date and location for the museum, we will now refund all previously purchased tickets and gift vouchers. You don’t have to do anything – your money will be refunded to the account used when you bought your tickets, within a few weeks. We hope to be able to come back to you soon with an announcement regarding the location for ABBA the Museum.