Mamma Mia! It’s ABBA!

Benny takes a picture on the Rival balcony - REUTERS

Benny takes a picture of the throng on the Rival balcony – Photo: Reuters

Agnetha and Frida flank Meryl Streep - photo MATS ANDERSON

Agnetha and Frida flank Meryl Streep – Photo: Mats Anderson

On the Hotel Rival balcony - Agnetha and Frida standing together

On the Hotel Rival balcony – Agnetha and Frida standing together

Frida, Agnetha and Meryl on the red carpet - Photo: Gunnar Lundmark

Frida, Agnetha and Meryl on the red carpet – Photo: Gunnar Lundmark

BBC: The four members of pop group Abba have attended the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia, the film which features 22 of their songs. Several thousand fans cheered as Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog walked down the red carpet in Stockholm.

The group had not met up since the original Mamma Mia musical opened in Sweden in February 2005, Lyngstad said.

And they have not performed in public since 1986, 12 years after shooting to fame by winning the Eurovision Song Contest with their track Waterloo.

Earlier, former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who is heard singing hits including Waterloo in the film, said he "kind of rather enjoyed" wearing tight costumes for his role.

"The Spandex was a bit of a challenge and the boots were [too]," he told reporters."But I had the time of my life making this movie."

Streep said the prospect of singing had excited her since performing in school musicals such as Oklahoma!.

"That was my beginning so it was kind of like coming home to the thing that I loved very, very much," she said.But she declined to reveal the Abba song she liked best, saying it was "like saying which of your children is your favourite".She added: "I don’t think of it in sports terms like that."

Ulvaeus praised the actors’ vocal talents in the film, which has been adapted from the hit stage musical.

"Most of them don’t think they can sing, but they can, I assure you," he said.

Links to stories/images/videos from the Stockholm premiere: BBC, ABBA PlazaDaily MailGPTV.gpwebbTV (1)webbtv (2)Washington Post, Sky News, Aftonbladet, Expressen, SvD (Photo slideshow), kjendis.no, The Local.se, Broadway.tv, Reuters

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