Björn back on stage!

14 07 2013

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Hootenanny Singers featuring Björn Ulvaeus and Tony Roth was a surprise in the programme for Visfestivalen-Saturday 13/7

via: google news

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Björn On UK Breakfast TV Tomorrow

15 04 2013

Bjorn will be on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning around 9am. He will be talking about the ABBA museum and some great plans for next year’s 40th Anniversary celebrations!

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Benny and Björn reunited for Eurovision anthem

15 04 2013

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Abba stars Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have reunited to compose the theme tune for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, in Malmö.

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Abba members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have composed the theme tune for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, a song called We Write the Story.

Andersson and Ulvaeus have collaborated with Swedish DJ Avicii on the track, which isn’t Sweden’s entry in the competition, but instead a “Eurovision anthem” which celebrates the country’s hosting of the competition in Malmö. It will be performed to open the Eurovision final on May 18.

Executive producer of this year’s contest, Martin Österdahl, said in a statement that Andersson, Ulvaeus and Avicii were at “the very top of the list” of musicians to create the anthem, an idea which has been present since Malmö contest planning got under way.

Andersson and Ulvaeus added that We Write the Story was a “piece of mutual understanding and fellowship” and “a lot of fun and very inspiring”.

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The pair have been collaborating together since Abba dissolved in 1982 after a final public performance on British TV, although the band appeared together again in 2008 at the Mamma Mia! film premiere.

Eurovision was a big part of Abba’s success story, after they won the contest in 1974, marking Sweden’s first victory. However the band are adamant that a formal live reunion is unlikely to happen, much to the disappointment of their fans.

Among Andersson and Ulvaeus’s accomplishments in the last 30 years are the single I Know Him So Well – a duet sung by Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige as well as Barbra Streisand and Whitney Houston – and West End and Broadway musicals Chess and Mamma Mia!.





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.

 





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





Crazy about ᗅᗺᗷᗅ’s costumes?

15 07 2012

Owe Sandström is the world famous designer who created all the magnificent costumes worn by Swedish super group ᗅᗺᗷᗅ. On Tuesday 17 July, Owe will be at Kronberg’s Ateljé in Skansen open air museum – where ABBA’s last studio album cover Visitors was shot in 1981. He will talk about how the costumes were made and he will also bring along some unique ABBA memorabilia. Kronberg’s Atelje is open 11 AM-4 PM.

Later in the evening Owe Sandström and The Original ABBA band will take part in the TV show Allsång (Sing-A-Long), broadcast live from the Solliden stage at Skansen.

Besides being ABBA’s costume designer, Owe Sandström directs Stockholm International Horse Show, works as a safari guide in Kenya and is the founder of Sweden’s largest animal care education center.





ᗅᗺᗷᗅToday…..

29 03 2012