Admit it. Whether or not it’s a guilty pleasure, everybody loves the timeless tunes of ABBA. In 1999, the combined genius of British playwright Catherine Johnson and the composers of ABBA’s music, band members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, brought these songs to the West End stage. An enchanting story of love, friendship and identity, the musical is the ultimate feel-good, if cheesy, show that tells the story of one young bride-to-be, her mother and her father—or, more accurately, her three potential fathers. The film adaptation in 2008 took the world by surprise, with a stellar cast that included Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. With a worldwide audience of over 60 million people, this winter the box-office smash hit is getting another reinvention, this time through language (and not Brosnan’s questionable singing talents). Both the script and the songs have been translated into Spanish, and because we all know these tunes already, perhaps take this theatre trip as an opportunity to practise your Spanish and enjoy a refreshing new take on this modern classic.
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