If you are a fan or a groupie of the stage presentation or the movie version of the pop sensation “Mamma Mia!,” then hold on to your Greek passport and bridal veil for a special one night only musical treat. This romantic comedy told the tale of a young girl being raised on an island in Greece by her single mom who decides on the eve of her wedding to discover who her father is. There are a trio of candidates and Sophie Sheridan sends an invitation to each one.
Such is the premise of “Mamma Mia!” and it served as a viable excuse to highlight the hit songs of the Swedish band ABBA. Now welcomes the amazingly successful tribute band ABBA Mania created nearly two decades ago and considered the best around. Formed in London’s West End, it will capture the highs and lows of the roller coaster ride that ABBA enjoyed when it explodes on stage of the Waterbury Palace Theater on Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m. for one performance only.
The songs of original band members Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus formed the foundation for “Mamma Mia!,” the group’s 1975 chart-topper of the same name and included such great tunes as “Dancing Queen,” “Thank You for the Music,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “SOS,” “Voulez-Vous,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love on Me” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You.”
The Swedish pop dance group ABBA held its crown for a decade from 1972-1982 and was one of the most popular international groups in the world at the time. The success of “Mamma Mia!” cemented their popularity even though the songwriters were not particularly excited about the project in the beginning and the group was in the process of breaking up.
Now is the time to make your plans to pony over to the Palace to revisit the hit parade of tunes that brought ABBA to the top of the charts when the tribute band roars into town. Come hear Ewa Scott and Sharon Fehlberg on vocals, with Kristy McConnell and Mhairi Wilson as backing vocals, Adam Robertson as lead guitarist, Lewis Cunningham on bass, Sam Christson on drums and Steven Galert as musical director on keyboard.
For tickets ($46.50-61.50), call the Palace, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury at 203-346-2000 or online at www.palacetheaterct.com. The show will surely feature “Waterloo,” the original song that took first place at the Eurovision contest in 1974 that brought ABBA to the stage, as well as all the best known tunes from “Mamma Mia!” The group’s desire is to bring the audience a LIVE concert with “the best in vocals, musicianship and musical arrangements…the most accurate and authentic LIVE ABBA Concert possible…the true essence, energy and excitement.”
As a special bonus, the Waterbury Fire Dept Calendar Guys will be on hand pre-show to sell their Calendars and pose for selfies with attendees. Proceeds from Calendar Sales goes to CT Camps for Children who have been seriously burned and the Waterbury Boys and Girls Club.
Come “feel alive” and be sure to thank them for the music.