Get ready to let your hair down, dance, sing, reminisce and forget about your troubles as you party to the timeless classics of ABBA!
ABBA MANIA is a thoroughly enjoyable night out for the whole family which is sure to put a smile on your dial and if you’re really up for a good night out, platform shoes on your feet.
The buzz was electric as hundreds of ABBA fans, young and old, milled in the theatre foyer, waiting in anticipation to see ABBA MANIA recreate the last ever concert performed by the Swedish disco group in 1979.
Some were primed for a good night, already kitted up in wigs, flares and crazy 70’s prints. These die-hards didn’t even bother staying in their seats but headed to the back of the theatre where they stood up all night dancing.
Within the first five minutes the band had the crowd on their feet, clapping, stomping and singing at the top of their lungs. The odd slow song here and there gave everyone a chance to sit down for a rest, but pretty much you couldn’t help at least either swaying or tapping your foot throughout the performance.
The performance was in general a very professional one. The set was great, costumes changes were frequent, twinkling lights created the illusion of stars in the night sky and the performers didn’t miss a beat.
There were some issues with sound in the first few songs. It appeared that the female performers microphones were unbalanced and it was difficult to hear “Frida’s” lyrics. The only other distraction was that a member of the backstage crew had to run on stage to the drummer a couple of times.
The female artists amazed me. The way they remembered countless identical dance moves without faltering on their lyrics or harmonies was impressive.
All your favourite ABBA hit songs were there including “Mamma Mia”, Voulez Vous”, “Waterloo”, “Fernando, “Take A Chance On Me”, “Super Trouper” and “The Winner Takes It All.”
As a nice little local touch, half way through the first act the band invited the choir from Nedlands Primary School onto stage to perform with them, which clearly was an event to remember both for the kids and their excited family members in the audience.
It was heart-warming to realise that the kids were invited to watch the second half and were up the back singing and dancing their hearts out along with the die-hards.
As the performance came to a close and ABBA MANIA announced their final song fans roared in appreciation as “Dancing Queen” filled the auditorium. Still wanting more the crowd continued to applaud and were treated to an encore or two before they finally started their journey home, smiling and happy.
Geraldton Queens Park Theatre
4 May at 7.30pm
Tickets 9956 6662
Bunbury Entertainment Centre
6 May at 7.30pm
Tickets 1300 661 272
Mandurah Boardwalk Theatre
7 May at 7.30pm
Tickets 9550 3900
Perth Riverside Theatre @ PCEC
8 May at 7.30pm
Tickets 13 28 49