ABBA Tribute Takes Over Surflight Stage on Saturday

Sep 26, 2018

Dancing Dream, an ABBA tribute band, will perform two shows at Surflight Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The first, at 5 p.m., was necessitated by the fact that the second, at 8 p.m., has sold out. Tickets for the earlier show, at $37.50, can be purchased online at surflight.org, by phone at 609-492-9477 or at the box office.

Who would have thought that a group from Sweden would still have so many U.S. fans? Indeed, who would have thought a group from Sweden would have that many U.S. fans in the band’s heyday from 1972 through 1982? After all, how many bands/acts from continental (not Britain) European countries have had success in the U.S.?

But ABBA did have success. “Dancing Queen” topped the Billboard charts for one week in 1977. “Take a Chance” peaked at No. 3 a year later. “Waterloo” had reached No. 6 in 1974.

Actually ABBA – the name consists of the first letter of the first name of members Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – was even bigger in other parts of the world. It had eight consecutive No. 1 albums in the United Kingdom and the group was wildly popular in Australia.

So it wasn’t surprising that Dancing Dream was founded by two European singers, Halina Ulatowski and Agnes Jawien, in 2009, performing their tribute show as a duet called ABBA Girlz. The success of the movie “Mamma Mia” spurred the ladies to add a live band and eventually change the show’s name to Dancing Dream.

Today the New York City-based group tours extensively and often plays New York State casinos. Beautiful harmonies are the key to Dancing Dream as it was for ABBA, but period costumes and lively choreography adds to the fun.

Ulatowski said “our love for ABBA and an undying passion for what we do” drives the tribute shows. “Every show is very important, and we respect all of our clients, regardless of the size of the venue or the audience. We have so much fun and get so much satisfaction, being able to do what we love.”  —R.M.

 

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