Sweden has two Abbas. One is a 172-year-old producer of canned herring. The other is a 38-year-old pop group. While the latter did have to negotiate in the mid-'70s for use of the name Abba from the former, there's little doubt which Abba is Sweden's most famous export. The pop group was formed of two married couples--Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog, and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad--whose relationships didn't last as long as the public's hunger for the Swedes' earworm hooks. Songs such as "Dancing Queen," "Fernando," "Mamma Mia" and "Waterloo" still pop up regularly on oldies stations and at karaoke nights, and even those who were still in diapers when the quartet made their last live appearance in 1982 can't help but shake their booties now to Abba's disco-pop-rock groove. If you missed them the first time around, or if your boogie shoes have been awaiting their return--too bad. There's little chance that they'll ever tour again. But you can see the closest facsimile in Abba Mania, a two-hour U.K.-based tribute show that hopes to spread dance fever across the world. Catch the candy-coated pandemic 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Tickets are $40 to $65 and can be purchased by calling 972-744-4650 or visiting eisemanncenter.com.
Tue., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., 2010