ABBA to Reunite to Mark 'Waterloo' Anniversary?
According to the UK's Sky News, the 1970's hit pop group ABBA, whose music inspired the long-running Broadway musical MAMMA MIA, may be considering the idea of a reunion to mark the 40-year Anniversary of their first hit, 'Waterloo.' The band has not played together since they broke up in 1980.
Agnetha Faltskog, who founded the group in 1972 along with guitarist and songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus, told Germany's Welt am Sonntag over the weekend that a reunion is a possibility. "Of course it's something we're thinking about. There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can't say at this point what will come of them."
She joked that as the band members grow older, the idea of getting back together would become more and more difficult. "I cannot imagine that we would go on stage with crutches," she said.
Following their hit song Waterloo in 1974, ABBA became one of the world's best-selling pop bands whose hits included the catchy tracks Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen and Super Trouper. The band, whose last album The Visitors was released in 1982, sold more than 380 million records worldwide. In 2010 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band also included musicians Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
In 2012, Ulvaeus said that he did not envision a time when the group would get back together. "We are the only group of that status that has never been reunited," he said at the time. "I think that is cool. It is a strength for Abba that you remember those young, ambitious, energetic people during the 70s rather than some feeble old folks who feel compelled to get up and play all the time."
Just yesterday, Broadway's long running hit Mamma Mia! celebrated 5,000 performances at its new home at The Broadhurst Theatre. Inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia! is Judy Craymer's vision of writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale of family and friendship unfolding on a tiny Greek island.
On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Songs including "Dancing Queen," "The Winner Takes It All," "Money, Money, Money" and "Take a Chance on Me" are all featured in the musical