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Living It Up on Opening Night / 'Mamma Mia!' party celebrates U.S. premiere of ABBA musical

Living It Up on Opening Night / 'Mamma Mia!' party celebrates U.S. premiere of ABBA musical
Carla Meyer, Chronicle Staff Writer Published 4:00 am, Monday, November 20, 2000

he dance floor was dishearteningly empty for more than an hour as the DJ spun everything from Frank Sinatra to Bob Marley. Then, finally, came sweet relief: ABBA's "Dancing Queen" brought the place to life, with "Mamma Mia!" actress Tina Maddigan taking to the floor for a spirited dance with a couple of pals.
The moment gave those attending Friday night's "Mamma Mia!" cast party -- in Alexandra's, atop the Westin St. Francis -- a chance to relive the joy of a few hours before, when the U.S. premiere of the musical at the Orpheum Theatre brought the audience to its feet to dance and clap to the Swedish supergroup's staples.

But the real attractions were across the way in Victor's Palace, where celebrities like ABBA front men Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and "Will & Grace" star Eric McCormack were in from Stockholm and Burbank, respectively, to celebrate.
Benny, relaxing at a corner table with his tuxedo shirt and tie unbuttoned, was pleased with the reaction of the Orpheum crowd to the show, which has broken box-office records in London and Toronto. "I have to say, I think it was the best" of the musical's three opening nights, he said.
Bjorn was impressed with how the production played at the Orpheum, a much bigger venue than those in England and Canada. "It seemed to fill it anyway," said Ulvaeus, who was accompanied by his 18-year-old daughter, Emma.
McCormack arrived in San Francisco just before curtain time to cheer theater pals from his hometown of Toronto. He loved the show, which he saw for the first time Friday night with his wife, Janet Holden. "It takes (ABBA) songs that were unintentionally funny and makes them really funny, and it takes songs only vaguely moving and makes them really moving."
Clad in gray turtleneck and matching suede jacket, McCormack was a vision of casual understatement in a crowd of male fashion that included chorus boys in
Mylar pants, chorus-boy admirers in mesh T-shirts and at least one mullet haircut.
As a sitcom actor with acknowledged musical-theater leanings -- he sang "Sweet Transvestite" in full Dr. Frank N. Furter drag on a recent TV tribute to "Rocky Horror" -- McCormack can spot a showstopper. He cites "The Winner Takes It All," sung by his pal Louise Pitre, as the best "Mamma Mia!" moment.
Pitre, who has won raves for her role as the mamma in "Mamma Mia!," arrived in a sequined dress, as did her stage daughter, Maddigan -- the show's sense of fashion flash extending to their party garb. Pitre was accompanied by her husband, Toronto stage actor Joe Matheson.
She said the original London version of the show was North Americanized in Toronto. Pitre spoke proudly of a line she wrote: "At one point, I say, 'Holy s--,' " she said, "which is not British at all."
Best of Broadway producer Carole Shorenstein Hays first lobbied Bjorn and Benny to bring the show to San Francisco back in April 1999. "I was fervent to the point of being a little bit of a terrorist," she said. "I knew it was the right show, the right theater, the right town."
"It's really over the top, and the San Francisco audience is not afraid of that," said Scott Nederlander, Shorenstein Hays' producing partner, who stopped to chat with her father, Walter Shorenstein, while greeting guests near the elevators.
Soaking up the 32nd-floor views in the more sparsely populated Alexandra's room, young cast member Nicolas Dromard joshed and took snapshots with one of the show's leads, Gary P. Lynch.
The actors were marking "a new chapter" -- the Toronto cast's arrival in San Francisco -- Dromard said. He was dressed in a black suit of such synthetic shine as to be coveted by any ABBA devotee. What was it made of? "I have no idea," he said, laughing.



jueves, 18 de mayo de 2017

Gröna Lund Backstage is open at Abba Museum

. jueves, 18 de mayo de 2017
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Not your average ceiling. Photo: Miriam Bade
Björn Ulvaeus striking a pose for The Local's Miriam Bade. Photo: Micke Bayart

18 de de mayo de 2017
06:59 CEST + 02: 00
Where can you watch an electric performance from Jimi Hendrix and one of Bob Marley's last gigs? At the new Gröna Lund Backstage exhibition in Stockhom. The Local met Abba icon Björn Ulvaeus – who also played there – to take a sneak peak at the ode to a legendary venue.
Seven roller coasters, 177,601 hamburgers consumed in 2016 alone, and 89 years of music history – the Gröna Lund amusement park in Stockholm is an institution, not least for having one of the oldest and most important music stages in Sweden.

The Beatles, Iggy Pop, Miles Davis, Bryan Adams, Cliff Richard, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, BB King, Louis Armstrong – the list of people to set foot on that stage is enviable. Every year since 1928 the park has attracted hundreds of thousands of music lovers to its famous summer concerts, and with line-ups like that it's no wonder.

The new Gröna Lund Backstage exhibition at Pop House Stockholm celebrates that history, paying tribute to all the fantastic stories that have unfolded there over nearly 90 years. The Local contributor Miriam Bade was one of the lucky few to get a sneak peak of the exhibition ahead of its launch,

"This is a very Swedish thing," Abba legend Björn Ulvaeus tells The Local at the launch.

Björn Ulvaeus flanked by images of some of the fellow music heavyweights to play Gröna Lund. Photo: Micke Bayart/Azul

"Gröna Lund is one of the most popular stages in Sweden, in the middle of the city. I think the exhibition is pretty much complete, and I like to go through it with people who haven't seen it before."

Asked to pick one favourite part, the Abba mastermind says it's too difficult:

"I wouldn't point out one specific place. It all belongs together. I dont have a favourite spot here any more than I have a favourite Abba song."

Not many venues can claim to have hosted Abba in their prime and Chuck Berry. Photo: Micke Bayart

Located downstairs from the main entrance to the popular Abba The Museum in Pop House Stockholm, the first thing visitors see when entering the exhibition is a huge wall of video.

Each screen shows historic concerts, framed and illuminated with multi-coloured light bulbs. Grab a set of headphones and get lost in the sounds, sights and atmosphere of concerts by no less than Jimi Hendrix (1967), Kiss (1976), Lady Gaga (2009) and – of course – Abba (1975).

All took place at Gröna Lund during the last half century. Bob Marley's landmark concert from 1980, represented though closing number Lively Up Yourself, stands out in particular. The realization that this was one of his last performances before dying less than a year later is sure to send shivers up the listner's spine.

Music history, and a slice of amusement park iconography for good measure. Photo: Pop House Stockholm

On top of the videos there's original photography, the park's typically unique looking concert posters, and even stage outfits spread across eight smaller gallery areas and ordered chronologically.

But even if the exhibition serves as a reminder of memories from years gone by, Ulvaeus admits that years of constant media reporting of his every move has killed some of the nostalgia factor for him. "I really can't say that it awakens nostalgia in me. It doesn't, because I see it all the time," he laments

For us mere mortals who haven't lived a life in the spotlight however, it's a brilliant insight into one of Stckholm's truly historic places and an emotional trip down a musical memory lane.

Gröna Lund Backstage is open from May until December 20th 2017. Entrance is included in the standard ticket to Abba The Museum, so while you're there watching The Beatles and Hendrix, you should also take some time to learn about Sweden's greatest ever pop export, according to Ulvaeus:

"When I got involved in the Abba museum I wanted to make it with a sense of humour, very human, very warm and for people to get closer to us and maybe to recognize the beginnings".




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