The Show a Tribute to ABBA coming to Prague

The production has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide

Some bands are impossible to see, but their songs still deserve to be heard live. ABBA has not been touring since the early 1980s, but their songs continue to grow in popularity.

The Show a Tribute to ABBA features live performances of many of the Swedish band’s hits. The production will be coming to Prague’s Tipsort Arena on March 30, 2019. Tickets will be available at the LiveNation webpage starting Sept. 12 at 10 am.

The Official International ABBA Fan Club says that The Show is the best ABBA tribute, and musicians who toured with ABBA have also praised it.

The year 2019 marks the 45th anniversary of ABBA’s win at Eurovision in Brighton, England, with the song “Waterloo.” That was followed by a long list of hits, making ABBA one of the top-selling bands, second only to the Beatles.

The Show was created in 2001 and has since had more than 714 presentations in 40 countries, with more than 2 million tickets sold as of 2017. The number of performances is now actually five times that of what the original ABBA played, which was only 130.

“ABBA is loved and well-known across the world. From the start, we wanted to honor that by creating the perfect illusion of the original ABBA. Audiences will experience our vision of what ABBA would look like with modern-day technology and lights, and still with that fantastic and well-known ABBA sound,” producer Kenneth Svoldgaard said in a press release.

What separates The Show from other tributes is the re-creation of the two female singers. Katja Nord and Camilla Dahlin not only look like the originals but also sing like Agnetha and Anni-Frid, the producer adds. The two singers were cast after they won a Swedish talent show.

“One of the most important elements in creating the illusion of ABBA is to use Swedish singers in The Show. They have a specific accent that cannot be faked. We don’t compromise when re-creating the authentic ABBA sound,” Svoldgaard added.

The music in The Show is played by the Swedish band Waterloo, backed by an orchestra.

Musicians include sax player Ulf Andersson, who toured with the original ABBA and co-wrote the music for the hit song “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” with original ABBA member Benny Andersson.

“When I was asked to play in The Show I immediately accepted because the quality of the show is so high. I enjoy helping to bring the music as close to the original sound as possible. Would you believe that I enjoy touring and playing with The Show almost more than I did with the original ABBA? ABBA’s music has grown on me over the years and has proven its quality. After all these years their songs are still alive, and I enjoy them more every day,” Andersson said.

“The reception from the audiences is similar to what we experienced back in the ’70s,” he added.

The Show presents a wide variety of ABBA’s greatest hits. It is a live concert that lets the audience follow the story of ABBA from before they won Eurovision all the way through to their big international success.

The songs include “Waterloo,” “SOS,” “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Money Money Money” and “Knowing Me Knowing You.”

The Show in 2010 won Best Show at The Limelight Awards in London, coming ahead of Thriller Live, Dirty Dancing and Priscilla The Musical.

“To win the Limelight award was the jewel of several years of dedicated work in building The Show. But the most important thing for us is still the love from the thousands of ABBA fans that come to see The Show year after year,” Svoldgaard said.

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