Legendary Swedish pop band ABBA gave us the likes of hit songs “Dancing Queen”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Mamma Mia”, “Knowing Me Knowing You”, “Chiquitita”, “On And On And On”, “The Name of the Game”, “Waterloo”, “S.O.S.”, “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”, “Fernando”, “Take a Chance on Me”…and the list goes on and on. It can be argued that ABBA dominated the pop genre in the 1970s and early 1980s – and now their music is being revisited in a show that features incredible musicians and singers, including four who look and sound like ABBA.
ABBA Revisited is said to take you back to the disco era and one of the best pop bands in history. The show has become North America’s number one musical tribute to ABBA and its members have been dazzling audiences across the globe since 2001. ABBA Revisited is said to recreate the magic of ABBA with authentic costumes, spectacular harmonies and note-perfect musicianship, taking their audience on a musical journey back in time. From Vegas to Bermuda, Mexico to Dubai, and Guatemala, ABBA Revisited has recreated the show-stopping look and sound that ABBA fans around the world can’t deny. And now they’re going to add The Bahamas and the Atlantis Resort to their stops as ABBA Revisited takes to the stage at the Atlantis Theatre, July 3-14.
“The show is 75 minutes of high-energy hit after hit after hit,” said Rick Gallagher, Atlantis vice president of entertainment and special events.
He noted recent rumors that had ABBA, the quartet of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Beny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (the first letter of each member’s given name creating the group’s acronym), getting back together and touring, but which turned out to not be the case, but rather a coming together again for a project described by the participants as a “groundbreaking venture” that would utilize the latest in digital and virtual reality technology – for a virtual ABBA experience.
In the virtual reality experience, special avatars – dubbed “Abbatars” – would represent the members of the Swedish pop group for the digital show in which the band would be featured as holograms resembling their 1970s selves, due to special hi-tech imaging equipment. Concert-goers would hear the voices of ABBA coming out of the mouths of the “Abbatars” – but wouldn’t be able to see that they’re not human beings, adding to the fun.
“There have been rumors that Abba was getting back together and was going to tour, and it turns out that wasn’t the case because they then came out and said ‘we’re never going to tour again’. But they announced an upcoming hologram avatar tour – perhaps in 2020, and I began to realize there’s an appetite for their music,” said Gallagher, who has taken in the ABBA Revisited show and describes it as amazing.
“It is so much fun. Who doesn’t like to hear ‘Dancing Queen’?… ‘Knowing Me’, ‘Knowing You’, ‘S.O.S’, ‘Mama Mia’ – so it’s really going to be a fun show for our guests and residents too by the way. A lot of residents have come up to me and said, ‘Oh my God, we can’t wait to go and see that ABBA show,’” said the vice president of entertainment and special events.
It’s a show he said is family friendly and he encourages parents to bring their children to introduce them to the music.
The ABBA holographic project aims to bring ABBA’s music to new generations of listeners too young to have experienced the group during its heyday in the ‘70s and early ‘80s.
“A lot of children saw ‘Mama Mia’, so it’s multi-generational and it will be a good time for the whole family,” said Gallagher.
Everyone young and old, it is said, will love the show during which they hear 21 of ABBA’s hits with all the costume changes, choreography, a live band, back-up singers and big studio sound.
ABBA Revisited shows will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with Sunday shows at 7 p.m. and no show on Monday and Tuesday.
Tickets are $19, child (seats in silver); $39, general; $44, silver; and $49, premium. Prices do not include VAT and can be purchased at the Atlantis box office, or on the Atlantis website at atlantisbahamas.com.
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