1/31/2010

The new "Mamma Mia!"? Viva Forever



Mamma Spice Girls?

There was lot of cajoling from Universal for some sort of sequel to Mamma Mia,
and while the idea has not been totally ruled out, it not still apparently not something that Bjorn and Benny want to do. So what is their jilted producer, Judy Craymer thinking of doing now instead? A Spice Girls musical! It may work, Mamma Mia proves anything is possible.

Update August 2011, June 2012 

The romantic comedy Spice Girls  musical will be called Viva Forever, It is scheduled to premiere in  December 2012. According to the producer,  "The story follows the idea of an American Idol-type singing contest, a young woman with a chaotic home life who attempts to resolve her feelings about adoption, learning to believe in herself and about friendship and "girl power."
Absolutely Fabulous star Jennifer Saunders will be involved as the writer and Mamma Mia! producer Judy Cramer as executive producer.Marianne Elliot will direct. So like Mamma Mia  another group of gals will be involved.

1/05/2010

French and Saunders


ABBA on youtube...

Recently I discovered two really enjoyable videos by French and Saunders on Youtube.
The first was an excellent parody of the Mamma Mia movie. The parody was made for a British TV charity show. The parody is really more entertaining than the original movie.

I also saw a concert video performance of French & Saunders cover of "I Know Him So Well" from B&B's 1984 musical Chess. Very funny as well...

1/04/2010

ABBA on CD

ABBA on CD

Recently I discovered a relatively new ABBA site, called ABBA on CD by Ken Griffin.
It has a lot of interesting details and original research about how ABBA's various albums were released on CD back in 1980's. A subject of particular interest to an American like myself.  Here in the USA, we were always the last to see ABBA CD's come out.  This CD gives a lot a background information on how the early ABBA CD's were released.  I must admit as a "ABBA expert" I still stumble on how to describe the first CD release of the The Visitors. It is known in history as the first pop CD produced, though it holds that role more securely as a prototype, rather than as a commercial release.   You can find this interesting web site at http://abbaoncd.wordpress.com

Agnetha Faltskog- 3 Original Album Classics


Agnetha Faltskog- 3 Original Album Classics" January 27, 2010 German 3CD set.

Sony ,will release the 3 CD box set "3 Original Album Classics" in January. This set will include three of Agnetha's Swedish solo albums by Agnetha:
"Agnetha Fältskog" (1968)"När en vacker tanke blir en sång" (1971) and "Elva Kvinnor I Ett Hus" (1975). This set is  based on the recent "5 Original album classics" that featured five Agnetha early solo albums, which itself drew on the six disc Agnetha box set called "Den Forsta Aren".

All in all a bit of a comedown from the original six then five disc versions....