March 24, 2009 |
Did ABBA ever make a bad record? For fans of the Swedish group's nearly two dozen U.S. hits, including ear candy like "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia," it's probably hard to imagine anything not being close to irresistible. Sure enough: a new, nine-disc retrospective from Polar Music lets us hear 90 ABBA recordings and almost 80 have at least some trace of the group's trademark effervescence. That's a success ratio level that few musicians can match.
January 12, 2007 |
Meryl Streep will star in the movie version of the popular ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!" Theater veteran Phyllida Lloyd is in negotiations to make her feature directorial debut on the film, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures. The musical, created by Judy Craymer and Catherine Johnson, features 22 ABBA songs, including "Dancing Queen," "Take a Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All."
January 5, 2007 |
Swedish tax officials want former ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus to pay $2.1 million for undeclared royalties from the supergroup's hits dating back decades. It is the second time the Swedish Tax Authority has claimed the 61-year-old singer dodged taxes by not declaring millions in royalties going back decades, officials said Thursday. Victor Palm, a tax official, said that authorities suspect royalty payments to Ulvaeus were made to companies operating in foreign tax havens.
February 12, 2003 |
"Mama Mia," the much-traveled musical based on the music of '70s supergroup Abba, opens on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, with a red-carpet gala outside the Mandalay Bay Theatre, where the show will run every night but Tuesday. A new cast was assembled for the Las Vegas production of "Mama Mia," which is currently running in various incarnations around the world.
August 6, 2000 |
"A massive jigsaw puzzle" is how producer Judy Craymer describes trying to sculpt a book around an existing song catalog, a musical theater device that appears to be an increasingly attractive proposition. The phenomenal success of Craymer's "Mamma Mia!," which does just that to nearly two dozen songs by the '70s Swedish rock group ABBA, is likely to encourage the process. Producers should be forewarned, however.
July 8, 2008 |
Despite the astonishing success of the stage musical "Mamma Mia!," ABBA has ruled out any reunion tour. Songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of the Swedish pop quartet told Britain's Sunday Telegraph that ABBA will never perform together again. Ulvaeus said "money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were. Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition." ABBA, one of the biggest bands of the 1970s, split in 1982 but continues to sell nearly 3 million records a year.