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"Absolutely the best ABBA since ABBA"
Statement from the Official International ABBA Fan Club!!!

You’ve seen the rest, now see the best!! There is no doubt that this is the most authentic ABBA show to date, featuring original band members including Ulf Andersson & Janne Schaffer. It’s like ABBA never left…

ABBA still sell around 2 million records a year – this show packs all their greatest hits into a 2 hour musical extravaganza. THE SHOW follows the ABBA story from their Eurovision beginnings all the way to major chart success. It is performed by Sweden’s Waterloo, a world renowned group who bring ABBA to life, together with The National Symphony Orchestra of London conducted by Matthew Freeman.

THE SHOW has had phenomenal success around the globe reaching audiences in India, Spain and the USA, climaxing with a sold-out performance at the famous Hollywood Bowl. This new production for 2007 with even more epic lighting, sound and vision, will have its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 26th September!

The show kicks off at the tail end of the 60s when Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida meet to play together for the very first time. Throughout the course of the production, the audience is led on a magical journey through the rise and rise of ABBA. Featuring classic songs such as Waterloo, SOS, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Knowing Me Knowing You and many more, this promises to be the must-see event of 2007.


THE SHOW is:
- Waterloo - THE best ABBA band ever
- Original Bandmembers of ABBA
- National Symphony Orchestra of London
- Conductor Matthew Freeman

Quotes “The Official
International ABBA Fan Club”
- Absolutely the best ABBA since ABBA
- It truly feels like ABBA is still Alive
- It truly feels like ABBA lives on
- It truly feels like you are looking at ABBA
- It truly feels like you are hearing ABBA
- The true ABBA experience
- The one and only ABBA since ABBA
- THE SHOW, so much better than Björn Again

The Press Wrote:
- Brilliant ABBA Show
- ABBA Clones
- Mama Mia, ABBA is still alive
- I hope the original four see the show and become proud. They could hardly have done it better themselves

THE SHOW has toured in 38 countries over 5 continents:
USA, CANADA, FINLAND, ESTONIA, NORWAY, SWEDEN, DENMARK, HOLLAND, BELGIUM, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, LUXEMBURGH, SWITZERLAND, ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, IRELAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, SPAIN, ITALY, INDIA, JAPAN, THE PHILIPPINES, KAZAKHSTAN, MALTA, CYPRUS, MOROCCO, FAROE ISLANDS, HUNGARY, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, POLAND, CHINA, SLOVENIA, RUSSIA, UKRAINE, TURKEY & BRAZIL

A sure success in european
music houses and concert halls
ABBA is still selling about 2 million records a year. ABBA is and will always be a success. The same goes for the big production THE SHOW about ABBA’s musical story performed by the Swedish cover band Waterloo together with The National Symphony Orchestra from England.

Praised by the critics
Seen and praised by thousands of people in the North who have already taken the trip from 1969 to 1981 with the story of ABBA and their greatest hits played live by a band which does not only sound like ABBA but also resembles them, spiced with the sound of a symphony orchestra. The experience of one of the greatest pop bands of all times is complete.

The show
The story of the show starts at the end of the sixties when Bjørn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida met to play together for the very first time. For almost two hours the audience is led through the fantastic story of ABBA, told by the conductor Matthew Freeman and staged by Sweden’s best ABBA band that, with fantastic voices and costumes, revives ABBA. - And with all the best ABBA songs such as Waterloo, SOS, Mama Mia, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Ring Ring, Knowing Me Knowing You and many more.

Waterloo (starring Katja Nord & Camilla Dahlin – founder of Waterloo)
is the very best cover band of Sweden and has taken in the very soul of ABBA. The group is hardly distinguishable from the originals, the girls hardly need any make-up to resemble and the voices are almost better than those of the originals. Waterloo has the right attitude to being a cover band, that is to be as close as possible to the originals, - and that’s what Waterloo is. Their performance gives the audience the feeling that ABBA never stopped.

'THE SHOW'
Is the ultimate tribute to one of the greatest pop groups of all times. A sure success which will sell tickets all over Europe. Have a share in the coming tour, which brings the show all over the world in the course of the next six months, and have a share in ABBA’s success, which never stops.

The National Symphony Orchestra
began in the 1940s when young musicians in uniform gave concerts to wartime audiences. By the end of WWII, it was acknowledged to be one of the finest orchestra in Europe and went from strength to strength, continuing to make records and record the sound track for major films, including the cult film, Brief Encounter.

Since the 1980s the orchestra has given concerts all over Great Britain and Europe, made more than 40 complete recordings of classic musicals for That’s Entertainment Records, appeared in many films and worked with artists, composers and conductors such as Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crowe ,Barrington Pheloung, Ron Goodwin, Reba McEntire, Cliff Richards, Morcheeba, G4 and Katherine Jenkins. The latter has now appointed the NSO to be her official orchestra for all her major tours in Great Britain.

The orchestra recently took part in a unique concert. The Artistic Director of the NSO Anne Collis, was commissioned to create a 45-minute piece for live musicians from the electronic score by Michael Andrews for the cult film Donnie Darko. The first performance took place in August to a capacity audience of 10,000 excited Donnie Darko fans in London’s Kensington Gardens.

Conductor Matthew Freeman
Musical supervisor and arranger for the ‘Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas’ productions in London’s West End, Europe, Toronto and the States. As one of the original creators of the show he has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra with the ‘Rat Pack’ at Blenheim Palace and the Barbican, and supervised the ‘Rat Pack’ DVD.

He was musical supervisor for the 2004 ‘Olivier Awards’ featuring Kevin Spacey.

He has received 1 platinum and 2 gold discs for his symphonic recordings.

Orchestral conducting and arranging with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, ( film music to, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Die Another Day’ and the ‘Symphonic Rock’ album recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall), and also with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Danish Radio Orchestra, Sonderjyllands Symfoniorkester and the NRK Oslo.

He has numerous recording credits conducting and arranging for, amongst others, Julia McKenzie, Millicent Martin, Lorna Luft, Howard Keel, David Soul, Roger Whittaker, Larry Adler, and for Decca’s celebration of the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday.

Musical director for numerous artists including, Mary O Hara at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and for her 16 part TV series with the City of London Sinfonia; for Frankie Vaughan, Michael Crawford, Anthony Newley and for Shirley Bassey on tour, recordings and the Royal Variety Performance.

Other West End credits include, ‘Personals’ (Globe), ‘Zip’ (Duchess), ‘Nine’ (Donmar Warehouse), the European premiere of ‘Lucky Stiff’ (Bridewell) and the critically acclaimed re-working of ‘Pippin’ (Bridewell). He created and performed the forte piano music for Sir Peter Hall’s production of ‘Amadeus’ (Old Vic).

Film credits include vocal coaching Drew Barrymore, Elizabeth Shue and Keanu Reeves.

Guest artists - original
bandmembers of ABBA
The show always tour with at least one former original bandmember of ABBA. Since 2001 these have joined the show:

- Ulf Andersson – Saxophone
- Janne Schaffer - Guitarist
- Lasse Wellander – Guitarist
- Mats Ronander – Guitarist
- Finn Sjöberg – Guitarist
- Rutger Gunnarsson – Bass
- Ola Brunkert – Drums
- Roger Palm - Drums
- Åke Sundquist - Drums

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