The New York Times · Wednesday, 7 April 2004 (Page E-2)
Mamma Mia! No ABBA reunion. By Lawrence Van Gelder
As the London
production of the musical Mamma Mia!
celebrated its fifth anniversary last night, Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA, the Swedish
pop group whose tunes propel the show, said nothing – not even $2 billion –
could tempt the foursome to reunite. ABBA was offered a reported $1 billion a
few years ago. Exactly 30 years after ABBA won the Eurovison Song Contest with Waterloo.
Mr Ulvaeus, now 58, told Reuters, “It is never going to happen again.” He said
the spangly jumpsuits he once wore are now in a museum, and as for the words to
the group’s songs, he said: I am translating them into Swedish now for the first
time because we are doing a production in Sweden at the beginning of next
year. I find that I don’t know them by heart – not one of them.” As for
Mamma Mia!, 3 million people have
seen the show in London and 14 million around the world, including New York,
where it played its 1,000th performance at the Winter Garden last month, the BBC
reported. The show has taken in more than $750 million at the box office. Transcribed for ABBA World
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