Travel through the career of ABBA

Celebrate the supergroup with Neil Sedaka, Donny Osmond, Tim Rice and the band members themselves. Featuring a greatest hits soundtrack including “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia!,” the program includes original interviews and rare archival footage. “ABBA Forever – A Celebration” airs on Saturday, August 29 at 9:30 p.m.

In 2019 Swedish supergroup ABBA celebrated several anniversaries: 50 years since they first met, 40 years since their last concert, and 20 years since the musical “Mamma Mia!” gave them a second life. “ABBA Forever” uses storytelling to set up the songs and lead viewers through what is surely the most surprising popular music story of our age.

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To tell the ABBA story, the filmmakers drew on their deep knowledge and relationships with the group, weaving the music and interviews together along with some unique surprises. The journey takes us from the original Swedish version of “Waterloo” to the Swedish island retreat where Benny and Björn wrote many key songs, into the recording studio watching those songs be finalized, onto the stage of ABBA concerts, back into the mixing studios to deconstruct the recording secrets behind favorite songs, and, of course, out onto the stage once again for celebratory large scale performances of “Mamma Mia!”

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