Press Release

Source: Polydor; Polar; UMe

New ABBA DVD Documentary 'Super Troupers' Features Exclusive Interviews, Classic Performances, Footage From the World's Number One Musical 'Mamma Mia!' and Members of ABBA on Stage for the First Time in 20+ Years
Friday January 7, 7:00 am ET

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 1982 the original four members of ABBA, Bjorn, Benny, Anni-Frid and Agnetha have not appeared in public together. On April 6, 2004 during the 5th anniversary celebration of the premiere of the hugely successful musical, "Mamma Mia," and the 30th anniversary of "Waterloo" winning the Eurovision Song Contest, the question was asked, will all four members of ABBA appear together on stage again for the first time in over 20 years?

The DVD "Super Troupers" (Polydor/Polar/UMe) released January 25, 2005, captures not only the excitement of that occasion but that of the entire ABBA phenomenon then and now.

"Super Troupers" encompasses a 90-minute documentary plus 30 minutes of extras. Featured are new, exclusive and in-depth interviews with all four members (shot in Sweden and London), offering a rare insight into the quartet; digitally remastered archival footage reaching back to the pre-ABBA '60s, with highlights of ABBA on tour and on stage, and the music of 24 of the group's hit records. Also center stage on "Super Troupers" is exclusive footage from both rehearsals and performances of "Mamma Mia!," highlighted by the London 5th Anniversary Gala Special Finale, a medley that includes "Mamma Mia," "Dancing Queen" and "Waterloo."

The songs heard via vintage performances/video clips are "Super Trouper," "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)," "Voulez-Vous," "I'm A Marionette," "Mamma Mia," "I Have A Dream," "People Need Love," "California Here I Come," "Fernando," "Eagle," "Head Over Heels," "Take A Chance On Me," "So Long," "He Is Your Brother," "Dancing Queen," "One Man, One Woman," "Thank You For The Music," "Does Your Mother Know?," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "The Winner Takes It All," "Hole In Your Soul," "Waterloo," "Happy New Year" and "When All Is Said And Done."

Narrated by songwriter, producer, U.K. dance music king and ABBA fan Pete Waterman, "Super Troupers" presents a fascinating history of a band that has sold 350 million albums and whose music is reaching a massive new audience through "Mamma Mia!," which per its box office success is now officially the World's Number One Musical.


Source: Polydor; Polar; UMe
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050107/laf007_1.html

Super Troupers
30 Years of ABBA

Last April was the fifth anniversary of Mamma Mia!, the hugely successful musical based on the Swedish rock group’s songs. It was also the thirtieth anniversary of their launch into superstardom when their song Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest.

For the first time since their split in 1982, Björn, Benny, Anni-Frid and Agnetha were to appear in public together, attending a performance of Mamma Mia in London’s West End to celebrate both anniversaries.

Focusing on the anticipation of the occasion, this film reflects on the ABBA phenomenon and features new interviews with all four members who provide a rare insight into ABBA’s song writing and recording techniques. Also included are digitally re-mastered footage going back to pre-ABBA days, highlights of ABBA performing on stage and the sounds of more than twenty-five of their hit songs that sold over 360 million copies. 

Premieres Saturday, January 1,
8pm ET/9pm PT.

http://www.ovationtv.com/premieres/abba.html


UK Press Release Previous news

Super Troupers - A Celebratory Film from Waterloo to MAMMA MIA! - 30 years of music

Television broadcast:

UK: 21 September 2004, 9.00 pm, 27 August 2005, ITV1
Canada: 21 September 2004, 7.30 pm, Bravo!
Australia: 24 September 2004, 8.30 pm, 7 Network
UK: 20 December 2004, ITV2.
Germany: 27 December 2004, BR
Germany: 29 December 2004, NDR
Netherlands: 1 January 2005, RTL 4
USA: 1, 2, 3, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 30 January 2005; 9, 10 February; 13, 28, 29 March; 1, 2, 26, 27 April; 1, 19, 20 May; 1, 2, 12, 27, 28 June; 1, 2, 31 July; 18, 19 August; 11, 26, 27 September; 7, 30 October; 17, 18 November; 11 December; 16, 17 February 2006; 7, 9, 10, 30 April; 18, 19 May; 14, 15, 26, 27 June; 23 October; 5, 15, 27 November; 8, 31 December, Ovation
Germany: 27 March 2005, 9 August, HR
Finland: 25 March 2005, SubTV
Belgium: 27 March 2005, VTM
Norway: 28 March 2005, 4 June,
NRK
Germany: 2 April 2005, MDR
Germany: 6 April 2005, ARD Digital
Italy: 9 May 2005, 28 June, Sky TV
Sweden: 12, 14 May 2005, SVT1
Germany: 14, 15 May 2005, WDR
Denmark: 21 May 2005; 20 November 2006, TV2 Charlie
Denmark: 29 May 2005, TV2 Zulu
France: 30 May 2005; 21 June 2006,, Paris Premiere
USA: various dates June, August 2005, PBS
Belgium: 31 July 2005, VTM
New Zealand: 25 April 2006
Finland: 25 May 2006, MTV3

Australia: 10, 11 November 2006; 2, 3, 29, 30 December Ovation
UK 26 November 2006 ITV

DVD Release:

Official release date: 11 October 2004
UK: 20 September
Netherlands: 8 October
Canada: 26 October
Australia: 15 November
Japan: 21 November
Mexico: 29 November
USA: 25 January 2005


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