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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again update

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again update

What is certain to be a huge Summer blockbuster of a movie is almost out of the starting gate. Benny Andersson has been at work with the team in Los Angeles putting the finishing touches to the sound mix of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again that will be heard in cinemas all around the globe soon. (L-R) Michael Minckler (Chief mixer), Gary Goetzman (Producer), Benny Andersson (Composer), Bernard Löhr (Sound Engineer), Ludvig Andersson (Associate Producer) andAngie Rubin (Music Editor). Benny told icethesite about the movie mix sessions: "It is such a joy to work together with people who…
‘After ABBA’ exhibition opens at ABBA The Museum

‘After ABBA’ exhibition opens at ABBA The Museum

On Monday 7 May, five years to the day since it first opened on the Stockholm island of Djurgården, ABBA The Museum unveiled its new, much anticipated, ‘After ABBA’ exhibition. Scenes from the After ABBA exhibition at ABBA The Museum Celebrating the musical careers of the four ABBA members since their ‘break’ in 1982, the exhibition, which occupies the space that previously housed The Swedish Music Hall of Fame, features individual areas dedicated to Agnetha and Frida's after ABBA careers, plus sections for the Benny and Björn musicals Mamma Mia!, CHESS, Kristina från Duvemåla and Hjälp sökes. Also featured…
CHESS press night at The London Coliseum

CHESS press night at The London Coliseum

CHESS is officially up and running again in London's West End. The Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus musical has finished its previews at the home of the English National Opera and last night launched to the press. We had a chance to chat with some of the cast and creatives about their involvement in this epic revival. Benny Andersson and Tim Rice Benny told us: "This is how Björn and I have always envisioned CHESS. A large and wonderful orchestra, a powerful choir and a great rock band form the backbone of the score. Then add in…
Benny Andersson talks CHESS, ABBA avatars and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Benny Andersson talks CHESS, ABBA avatars and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Cassidy Janson, Sir Tim Rice, Michael Ball, Benny Andersson and Alexandra Burke at CHESS rehearsals Benny Andersson has been in London this weekend on both CHESS and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again duties but broke off from his busy schedule for a few words with icethesite. Have you heard much of CHESS while you have been visiting the ENO? Yes, I spent all day at the Coliseum yesterday and I have to say that from a musical and sound aspect, I am more than happy. To hear 50 or so musicians in a theatre playing your music so…
An interview with Görel Hanser

An interview with Görel Hanser

Görel Hanser We recently caught up with Görel Hanser and had the opportunity to chat about her incredible career and her approach to work and business. Görel started working at the offices of Stikkan (Stig) Anderson’s publishing company Sweden Music and the record company Polar Music in September 1969. She worked her way from being Stig's secretary to Vice President of Polar Music. During the ABBA years she handled the contacts with the many labels around the world who released the group’s records. She also became ABBA’s personal manager, dealing with the press and accompanying them on their tours…