Where to experience the music of ABBA in Vancouver this spring!

The VSO will join Arrival from Sweden in playing the hits of ABBA May 2 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Nothing cheers up your friendly neighbourhood Inside Vancouver correspondent more than being able to bring readers news related to the music of one the best pop bands ever, ABBA. And this spring offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the music of the Swedish quartet.

A remount of the spectacular musical Mamma Mia!, a Swedish ABBA cover act playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and even ABBA burlesque are coming to town. See below for details.

Arrival from Sweden Plays the Music of ABBA (May 2 at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.)—The only band with exclusive rights to the ABBA name, costumes, and original music, Arrival from Sweden also boasts original ABBA band members Finn Sjöberg on guitar and Roger Palm on drums. Naturally, the group plays sold-out houses all over the world, thrilling international audiences with hits like “Mamma Mia,” “Chiquitita,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Waterloo,” and many more. Here, they’ll perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. For tickets, visit vancouversymphony.ca.

Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson (ABBA) in 1975, the year after the Eurovision win. Bengt H Malmqvist photo.

Mamma Mia! (May 10-July 22 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St.)—If you haven’t seen Mamma Mia!, the musical based on ABBA songs, now’s your chance. If you have, then you’ve probably already bought tickets. We’ll be adding more info about the Arts Club Theatre production as it becomes available. Tickets are available now however at artsclub.com.

ABBurlesque (May 20 at the Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St.)—Kitty Nights, the burlesque troupe responsible for tribute shows to David Bowie, Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moons) and Prince (coming up—April 21 at the Rio Theatre), goes full-frontal Swede. The shows feature a live band along with a coterie of dancers. You can bet that there’ll be some interesting costume choices, as the members of ABBA themselves were never shy about donning some truly unique and space-age uniforms. Tickets $12-15 at ticketfly.com.

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