P451 Teletext 451 Nov 6 21:00:11  SPECIAL   REPORT  ——————————————  ————————————  MAMMA MIA! ABBA ARE BACK The songs of Abba will be invading the West End 25 years after the Swedish supergroup won Eurovision. The £3m new musical Mamma Mia features 27 Abba songs and opens next April. But the show is not about Abba, says the band's songwriter, Bjorn Ulvaeus. "There has never been any question of Abba getting back together," he said. The show is about an ex-'70s wild child preparing her daughter's wedding and their different generational values. ——————————————————————————————————1/4—— by Victor Olliver FULL GUIDE TO NATIONAL EVENTS p441 Review West End A-G H-N O-Z
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P451 Teletext 451 Nov 6 21:01:10  SPECIAL   REPORT  ——————————————  ————————————  MAMMA MIA! ABBA ARE BACK Mamma Mia opens April 6, 1999 - on the 25th anniversary of the day Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest. The man behind the show, former Abba songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus, said: "Those lyrics of ours were always about relationships and they were little stories within themselves." Ulvaeus and fellow Abba songwriter Benny Anderson have written musicals since Abba split in 1981. Their Chess (with Tim Rice) was a mid-'80s hit. ——————————————————————————————————2/4—— Comedy 457 Classical 458 Ballet 459 FULL GUIDE TO NATIONAL EVENTS p441 Review West End A-G H-N O-Z
P451 Teletext 451 Nov 6 21:01:01  SPECIAL   REPORT  ——————————————  ————————————  MAMMA MIA! ABBA ARE BACK Mamma Mia's arrival in the West End will attract thousands of Abba fans in their satin hotpants just to listen to the 27 songs. Bjorn Ulvaeus said: "I am glad to say that there will be none of those '70s clothes in the stage show. I cringe these days whenever I see them." Agnetha Faltskog, once of Abba and Ulvaeus' ex-wife, lives on an island outside Stockholm. Anni-Fryd Lyngstad produces her own records. ——————————————————————————————————3/4—— The Invention Of Love review 452 FULL GUIDE TO NATIONAL EVENTS p441 Review West End A-G H-N O-Z