Abba Mania comes to PE Opera House next week

ABBA Mania is in the air once more as Centrestage reinvents their tribute to the super swinging Swedes from Stockholm in their latest outing, Abba, Here We Go Again, set to run at the PE Opera House from Wednesday, September 12 to Saturday, September 15.

Fronted by original front vocalists Tara-Jane Stern and Caron Strydom and introducing Heidi Jansen, Kerry-Lee Jeffrey and keyboard maestro James Smith to the Centrestage fold, the perennial favourite feel-good revival coincides with the long-awaited movie sequel to the smash hit Mama Mia, which opened in cinemas recently.

The cast of 10 includes Centrestage stalwarts Andre Strydom on bass and Wayne Kallis and acoustic guitar, both of whom were also members of the very first 2006 lineup, along with Fenlin Pietie on keys, Sandy Robbie on lead guitar and Kevin Mattheus on drums.

The evergreen Abba song book includes beloved hits such as Waterloo, Super Trouper, Chiquitita, Fernando, SOS, Voulez-Vous, Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight), Knowing Me Knowing You, Money Money Money and Dancing Queen.

Brand new additions made popular again by the movies comprise As Good As New, If it Wasn’t for the Nights, Our Last Summer and Hole in Your Soul, while Does Your Mother Know, Take A Chance on Me and Rock Me make for popular lighter moments, contrasted by the big Abba ballads such as The Winner Takes It All, Thank You for the Music, I Have A Dream and Andante Andante.

A distinguishing signature of the Centrestage approach is the authenticity with which the complex studio vocal arrangements of the Abba sound are recreated live on stage.

This, along with impressive musical virtuosity of the band, the rollicking entertainment factor and the intergenerational appeal of the Abba music is what has made this show the most appealing of all.

Evening performances start at 19:30. A special 14:00 matinee show will also take place on Saturday, September 15.

Tickets are available via Computicket at R160 each, while selected discounted tickets are available at R95 from Wendy on 082 661 6921.