Reviewed by Shelly Harper
On Friday 8th February, a friend and I were lucky enough to go and see ABBA Forever at the Bedford Corn Exchange. The live production aims to reproduce ABBA live in concert with particular attention to detail. Focusing on the live aspect with an exceptional live cast, the show features the very high standard of musicianship needed to recreate ABBA songs and with all the performers singing totally live, audiences are experiencing a true live performance which is as close to seeing ABBA as you will get.
Packed full of excitement and energy, dazzling costumes and an authentic lighting design, this show will take you right back to the 1970’s and wherever the band performs; audiences can watch and hear all of the ABBA hits and few hidden surprises for even the most passionate ABBA fan.
The show kicked off with an introduction to Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni Frid before we were hit with an amazing rendition of Waterloo, complete with flares, mini dresses and platform boots.
From there, the group belted out Our Last Summer, One of Us, I Have a Dream, Fernando, Chiquitita, Summer Night City, The Name of the Game, Lay All Your Love on Me, SOS, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Money Money Money, Take a Chance on Me, Voulez Vouz, Ring Ring, The Winner Takes it All, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Super Trooper, Hamlet, Thank You for The Music, So Long and of course, they closed with Dancing Queen to which the crowd erupted and begged for more.
Considering the show length is approximately 2 hours long, I was impressed that so many of the hits were included along with several costume changes and of course a bit of banter between the husbands and wives within the group. I have to say I was fully entertained from start to finish, laughing, singing along and the band love the audience to fully participate in the experience to add to the enjoyment.
If you didn’t know ABBA Forever is a tribute band then you would never know the difference as these guys are a group that has put everything into being ABBA, capturing the sights, sounds and of course the songs.
I strongly recommend any ABBA fan to visit this show as you can expect to see everything that turned ABBA into one of the biggest bands in the world and you will certainly be saying “thank you for the music” by the time you leave.