ABBA Museum Project Update

30 05 2009

Aftonbladet have reported on the new ABBA museum project.  Touring Exhibitions say that the location will more than likely be Gröna Lund amusement park. A site in the current parking area has been suggested. With an opening date of the museum (hopefully) for 2011 / 2012
Firstly there will be a tour in Europe moving onto the USA and Australia.  The project will use state of the art technology and the exhibition will be ahead of its time. It will be an all singing, all dancing event like Mamma Mia on Stage!

Helen To Play Kristina in New York.

28 05 2009

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Helen Sjöholm, who originated the title role in the Swedish production of KRISTINA, and internationally renowned & beautiful tenor Russell Watson, will headline the concert version of Benny and Björn’s musical at Carnegie Hall featuring a 50 piece symphony orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani. Directed by Lars Rudolfsson, the complete 32 member company will be announced shortly.

Tickets for KRISTINA go on sale this Sunday, May 31 at 12:00p at the Carnegie Hall Box Office online at



New London cast for Mamma Mia!

27 05 2009

Major cast changes in Mamma Mia!,      621b_1The new cast will include: Sally Ann Triplett (Donna Sheridan), Katy Secombe (Rosie), Norman Bowman (Sam Carmichael), Christopher Hollis (Bill Austin), Niamh Perry (Sophie Sheridan) , Ben Heathcote (Pepper), Sam McKay (Eddie).
The show will continue to feature Paul Ryan (Harry Bright), Oliver Hembrough (Sky), Jodie Read (Ali), Laura Selwood (Lisa), Jane Gurnett (Tanya).
At certain performances the role of ‘Donna Sheridan’ will be played by Melissa Jacques.

From 15 June 2009 at the Prince of Wales theatre






ledin09The new Tomas Ledin album  500 Dagar Om Året

Release date 6/10/2009


25 05 2009



SONG PLAYS AT 1:08MIN (Approx)

BBC world exclusive play STORY OF A HEART

23 05 2009


In the meantime listen to a sample of the song here 


23 05 2009

The track listing for the new Benny Andersson Band CD -Story Of A Heart:
1.Glasgow Boogie
3.Story Of A Heart
4.Bed of Roses (En Dans På Rosor)
5.You Are My Man (Du Ar Min Man)
6.Circus Finemang 
7.Fait Accompli
8.Song From The Second Floor
9.Birthday Waltz For Mona
10.Our Last Dance (Var Sista Dans)
12.Tirolan Schottis
13.The Stars (For Dig)
The CD will be available to buy at the concert in London on July 4th.
The swedish release of the album will feature a bonus track, a Swedish version of STORY OF A HEART,Sommaren Du Fick.  It will also be released as a single in June. The Swedish edition of the album It will be available mid to late Junebennyandersson

KRISTINA: English cast recording

18 05 2009

As was well expected from comments made by Bjorn, Kristina is to be released on CD in English. Universal/Decca will be releasing a live cast recording from the Kristina Concerts at Carnegie Hall.

kristina cdGoing with Benny and Bjorn’s long established and highly successful format of releasing a cast album first before producing a stage version. CHESS AND KRISTINA FRAN DUVEMALA both saw the light of days as a cast recording before going on to be successful Stage production. Although over a longer time span MAMMA MIA! evolved the same way.

KRISTINA is belived to be released as a double CD shortly after the concerts.

BENNY IN UK PAPER ‘The Observer’

17 05 2009

Soundtrack of my life: Benny Andersson

Benny Andersson tells Craig McLean about six records with a very special meaning for him …


Read the full article here The Observer, by Craig McLean.

Photo: Suki Dhanda

Photo: Suki Dhanda Taken at Covent Garden Hotel April 6th,2009

No Kristina “Blog”

15 05 2009

Please note that this site and ABBA-Official.Com DO NOT have a Kristina the musical “blog” or site. As you can see below yesterday we reported on the Kristina concerts later this year as have many other abba sites.  “Ice the site”  have mentioned our news post but please note that any “Kristina blog”  is NOT associated with the Official Australian & International Fan club nor ABBA  The so called “blog” was only a tag (kristina the musical)/ (now removed) about the news of the coming Kristina concerts. We appologise to anyone who thought otherwise. I have emailed Ice to let him know about this and hope the correct information will be passed on to his site visitors.

The only official site to Kristina – A concert event is: (which will be launching shortly) is Universal Music’s own OFFICIAL ABBA site, not a fan club nor a fan club site.

Update: the incorrect information posted on Ice the site has now been removed as we requested. Thank you!

KRISTINA – a concert event.

14 05 2009


Tickets for “Kristina – A Concert Event” at Carnegie Hall in New York City go on sale on May 31.  A new ‘Kristina‘ website has been published to promote the concerts and it will soon include photos and cast information.   For tickets visit the Carnegie Hall website where you can sign up to receive a ticket alert via e-mail.

Update:16 May 2009 – The above picture is taken from a new ‘Kristina‘ website coming soon. This picture we have been informed first appeared on Intermezzo (taken originally from the Kristina site).