Daily American Correspondent
WINDBER – A tribute band for all ages, Abbamania, will grace the stage of the Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., at 8 p.m. Feb. 19.
ABBAMANIA has been selling out to audiences all over the world for the past 10 years, said Frank Cunsolo, the executive director and chairman of the board.
“The concert, a rock musical, will take you back to the disco era as it portrays one of the best popular bands in history,” he said.
Cunsolo said the group members, Monica Tietz, Nick Pattison, Matthew Whale and Andrea Pressburger, travel with “some of the best musicians and singers in the business today.” The concert can only be described as a high-energy musical, he added.
ABBAMANIA, comprised of an all-Canadian cast, is the largest production to ABBA in the world, explained Cunsolo.
“They have authentic costumes, concert lighting, sound and an amazing live band, with studio musicians and singers,” he said.
Since the Swedish band ABBA broke up, Cunsolo said attending a tribute concert such as this would be the closest you can come to hearing the songs made famous by Anni-Frid, Bjorn, Benny and Agnetha.
“I’ve seen the show a number of times and if you close your eyes you think you are actually listening to ABBA,” he said.
They will perform such wonderful songs such as “Mamma Mia,” “Knowing Me,” “Waterloo,” “Fernando,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen,” along with many other selections from among the 22 big hits ABBA had. ABBAMANIA is the only ABBA production to perform twice for the cast of Mamma Mia.
“We have had other ABBA tribute shows at the Arcadia and our patrons loved them, but I can honestly say I feel this is one of the best,” Cunsolo said. “We are so fortunate to have agents and producers contact us when they know a top quality group such as this is touring near our area. We are just pleased to bring this top quality entertainment to our patrons at the Arcadia.
“This is a show that everyone, young and old should not miss, especially with all the costume changes, choreography, a live band, back-up singers and just a great big studio sound,” he said.
For information on the show or to purchase tickets, call the Arcadia box office at 467-9070 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.