ABBA Revisited, a tribute to ABBA, is a must-see for fans of the group
There is no way on this earth that anyone can cover ABBA songs and think they can get away with not delivering “Dancing Queen” – which the ABBA Revisited group that has been holding court at the Atlantis Theatre for the past two weeks sneakily tried to do, but fans “held their feet to the fire” and they had to deliver.
ABBA Revisited takes you back to the disco era and that of one of the best pop bands in history. The show has become North America’s number one musical tribute to ABBA, the legendary Swedish pop band, and its members have been dazzling audiences across the globe since 2001. ABBA Revisited recreates 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 the Atlantis resort right here in The Bahamas has been added to the list of their stops.
While many people may think this music of the ‘70s is too old, they’ve got another thing coming, because ABBA’s music has taken on another life with a new generation of fans after the hit films “Mamma Mia!” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” – musicals packed with the extended discography of the iconic band ABBA.
This meant that the Atlantis Theatre was packed with a cross-generation of fans from pre-teens through to their great-grandmothers, all rocking out to ABBA Revisited.
The group opened their 75-minute set with “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” and ran through a number of singles including “Mamma Mia”, “Chiquitita”, “Fernando”, “Money, Money, Money”, S.O.S.”, “Super Trouper”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Voulez-Vous” and “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”.
ABBA Revisited started out slowly, but built on the pace and tempo of their performance as the concert ensued. About halfway through, they encouraged people to not be shy and make use of the space allotted for them to shake a leg, and they took full advantage, rocking out for the remainder of the show. And we all waited with bated breath to hear the opening chords to “Dancing Queen”, and were taken off-guard when the group bid us all “goodnight” and the stage darkened. I did a double take and had to ask my neighbor if I’d heard correctly. Did they really say goodnight and hadn’t delivered “Dancing Queen”?
After being called out by fans, ABBA Revisited returned to deliver the 1976 hit that everyone had been waiting to hear, and then it was officially a good night. The group is even gracious enough to take time to greet its fans and take photos after their show.
ABBA Revisited has three more shows on the schedule before they’re gone – tonight, Saturday and Sunday in the Atlantis Theatre. ABBA fans and fans of the musicals should try to take it in.
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.
“The show is 75 minutes of high-energy hit after hit after hit,” said Rick Gallagher, Atlantis vice president of entertainment and special events, prior to the show’s kick off.
It’s a show described as family-friendly, and parents are encouraged to bring their children to introduce them to the music.
“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.
ABBA Revisited shows are at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, with Sunday’s show at 7 p.m.
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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