Frida’s charity auction.

29 08 2012

 

 

 

  Frida is auctioning off a collection of designer clothing and accessories from her wardrobe through Stockholms Auktionsverk, Titled “Frida’s Collection”, and is part of the house’s  Fashion & Lifestyle series.The auction will take place on 11 September at 4:00 p.m. Click on the link to see all the designs.

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MAMMA MIA! LONDON TO CELEBRATE MOVE TO THE NOVELLO THEATRE WITH GALA PERFORMANCE

25 08 2012

MAMMA MIA! London will be holding a special Gala performance in support of BBC Children in Need, at the show’s new home, the Novello Theatre, on Wednesday 12 September 2012. The night will include special guest appearances by BBC Radio 2 presenters Vanessa Feltz, Anneka Rice and Penny Smith. Sir Terry Wogan will be there to mark this special night, along with a celebrity-packed audience to help celebrate MAMMA MIA!‘s third London home.

MAMMA MIA! originally opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999, before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre on 3 June 2004. Performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre will end on 1 September. The musical will re-open at the Novello Theatre on 6 September 2012.

 





ABBA TOP POLL FOR 7O’s FAVOURITE POP HIT!

24 08 2012

Abba’s classic hit Dancing Queen has been voted the favourite pop song from the 1970s in a poll conducted by digital radio station Smooth Radio 70s.

In ABBA’s 40th anniversary year they topped the list devised to determine the top 70 songs of the 1970s decade that saw daytime soap Crossroads thrash evening serial Coronation Street in the ratings, the launch of Emmerdale Farm, sitcom laughs with Rising Damp, Porridge, Are You Being Served? and high dramas with such classics as Tales of the Unexpected, Upstairs Downstairs, The Sweeney and Crown Court.

While strikes saw TV taken off air, electricity cut off and rubbish uncollected the nation found comfort in the discotheques and clubs across the UK – power supplies withholding – to enjoy songs that still prove popular today. The handbag shuffle classic Dancing Queen clearly brings back fond memories of those sequined days as it pipped traditional favourite Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen to the top spot and was one of four entries- more than any other artist or group – in the Top 70 of the 70s chart which will be broadcast in full this Bank Holiday Monday on Smooth Radio 70s.

Other ABBA tracks that listeners picked as their favourite 1970s music includes Eurovision winning classic Waterloo to the No 46 spot, while Take A Chance On Me went in at 27 and Knowing Me Knowing You was in 16th place.

At No.2 the rock classic frequently voted the greatest song of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, just loses out to Abba, while Rod Stewart’s classic Maggie May, which is not seen in the decades top 10 very often, sits comfortably at No.3.

Mark Goodier says of the chart, “Abba have had staggering longevity since their creation 40 years ago, and this listener survey proves they’ve never been more popular while the eclectic mix of music in ‘Top 70 of the 70s’ reflects listeners openness to a vast array of different genres of music.

“From Minnie Ripperton’s timeless ‘Loving You’ at No.70 to Abba’s now anthemic ‘Dancing Queen’ at No.1, this survey is overflowing with true classics and will make a great soundtrack to anyone’s Bank Holiday Monday.”

Presenters Mark Goodier, Carlos, Lynn Parsons, Andy Peebles and Kid Jensen will run-down the decade’s favourite songs in this special Top 70 of the 70s show on Smooth Radio 70’s on-line at www.smoothradio70s.co.uk and on digital radio from midday to 5pm this coming Monday.

Published on Aug 24 2012 // Showbiz & Celebrity





CHESS.

19 08 2012

THE COLD WAR WAS
NEVER SO ENTERTAINING

Award winning Gale Edwards directs a new staging of this extraordinary musical. Tony Bartuccio choreographs and David Piper conducts.

With lyrics by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King) and music by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Mamma Mia!), this highly acclaimed musical develops the ancient and distinguished game of chess into a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue.

Inspired by the Bobby Fischer-Boris Spassky Match of the Century in 1972, the monumental rock score for this brilliant musical includes the mega hits I Know Him So Well, One Night In Bangkok, Where I Want to Be and Anthem, one of the most stirring melodies ever.

“ONE OF THE BEST ROCK SCORES EVER PRODUCED IN THE THEATER. THIS IS AN ANGRY, DIFFICULT, DEMANDING AND REWARDING SHOW, ONE THAT PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF THE FORM.” (Time Magazine)

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

Benny Anderrson Tim Rice Bjorn Ulvaeus

STARRING

SILVIE PALADINO as Florence Vassy
MARTIN CREWES as Frederick Trumper – American
SIMON GLEESON as Anatoly Sergievsky – Russian
MICHAEL FALZON as The Arbiter
ALINTA CHIDZEY as Svetlana Sergievskaya
MARK DICKINSON as Alexander Molokov
BERT LaBONTE as Walter de Courcey
with
Jessica Armstrong, Dave Burrows, Madeline Cain, Rachel Cole, Anthony Costanzo, Nelson Gardner, Jillian Green, Danny Golding, Tyler Hawkins, Crystal Hegedis, Raelene Isbester, Rosa McCarty, Turanga Merito, Jessica Mortlock, Chris Ostrenski, Joel Parnis, Anthony Pepe, Jordan Pollard, Collin Poole, James Shannon, Catherine Shepherd, Esther Stephens, Cameron Thomas, Dean Vince, Matt Ward and Wei Wei Zhang. 

Director GALE EDWARDS
Musical Director DAVID PIPER
Choreographer TONY BARTUCCIO
Costumes KRYSTAL GIDDINGS
Set SHAUN GURTON
Lighting PAUL JACKSON & ROBERT CUDDON
Sound SYSTEM SOUND

ORCHESTRA VICTORIA

By arrangement with Three Knights Limited, The Shubert Organisation Inc and Robert Fox Limited

Management reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and may vary the program should the necessity arise.

SHOW INFORMATION

SHOW TIMES – EVENING

Sat 18 August at 7:30pm*
Tues 21 August at 6.30pm
Wed 22 August at 7.30pm
Thu 23 August at 7.30pm
Fri 24 August at 7.30pm
Sat 25 August at 7.30pm

SHOW TIMES – MATINEE

Sat 18 August at 2pm*
Sun 19 August at 3pm*
Sat 25 August at 2pm
Sun 26 August at 3pm
*on sale from Monday 14 May

LOCATION DETAILS

The State Theatre

The State Theatre is located in Theatres Building (under the Spire of the Arts Centre Melbourne).

Booking





Abba singer’s lover becomes a viscount -Telegraph reports.

12 08 2012

Henry Smith, the boyfriend of Abba star Anni-Frid Reuss, has become the 5th Viscount Hambleden after the death of his father – according to the Telegraph.

Already a princess, having been married to a late German prince, the Abba star Anni-Frid Reuss is now living with a British peer. Mandrake learns that the Swedish singer’s boyfriend, Henry Smith, has become the 5th Viscount Hambleden after the death of his father earlier this month at the age of 82.

Anni-Frid, who is better known as Frida Lyngstad, lives in Switzerland with Smith, whose family founded the W H Smith chain. As well as the viscountcy, Smith, 56, stood to inherit the idyllic Hambleden Estate in the Chilterns, but the family sold it in 2007.

The Buckinghamshire picture-postcard village, where Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and 101 Dalmatians were filmed, fetched £39 million.

Anni-Frid, 66, married Prince Heinrich Reuss in 1992, but was widowed seven years later. She had been previously married twice.

Her first marriage, at the age of 17, was to Ragnar Fredriksson, a Swedish salesman and musician. They had two children, Hans, 49, and Ann, who died in a car accident in 1998. The singer’s second marriage was to her fellow Abba star Benny Andersson, but they separated after only three years.

Through her success with Abba, she built up a considerable fortune, with estimates putting her wealth at £100 million.

Smith has two daughters by his former wife, Sally, an American, whom he met in California while he was flirting with a career as a film producer. They married in 1983, but separated in 2003.

Anni-Frid and Smith made their relationship public in 2008 when they attended the London premiere of Mamma Mia!, the Abba- inspired film. They had been courting secretly for several months.





Abba: Music Milestones – Arrival DVD

6 08 2012

Due for release on 24 September 2012.

Available now!

 





ABBA CAPS

1 08 2012

Brand new black or white ABBA caps now available on the official ABBA site.