Abba - The
(aka Super Troupers DVD)
Louise Gold appeared, along with the rest of what was probably Mamma Mia London Production Cast 3, as Tanya in a clip of Rich Manís World, first screened on ITV1 on 21 September 2004, repeated on ITV2 on 20 December 2004.
Appearances By... Featuring
Pete Waterman (as Narrator)
Anni-Frid ďFridaĒ Lyngstad (Pop Star)
Bjorn Ulvaeus (Pop Star & Songwriter)
Benny Andersson (Pop Star & Songwriter)
Agnetha Faltskog (Ex Pop Star)
Martin Koch† (Musical Director for Mamma Mia)
Appearances By ... Also Include:
Louise Gold (as a member of Mamma Mia
Kim Ismay (as a member of Mamma Mia
Siobanhn McCarthy (as a member of Mamma Mia London Production Cast 1, playing Donna Sheridan)
Lara Mulcahy (as a member of Mamma Mia London Production Cast 6, playing Rosie)
Lesley Nicol (as a member of Mamma Mia
Vivien Parry (as a member of Mamma Mia London Production Cast 6, playing Donna Sheridan)
Louise Plowright (as a member of Mamma Mia London Production Casts 1, 2 & 3, also 4 & 5, playing Donna Sheridan in Casts 2 & 3, also 4 & 5, playing Tanya in Cast 1)
Most Of Mamma Mia London Production Cast 1
The Rest of Mamma Mia London Production Cast 3
The Rest Of Mamma Mia London Production Cast 6 (including: Alexandra Jay, Jamie Wilkin, Marcus DíAmico, Dean Stobbart, Robert Hands, Dale Rapley, Kieran Jay, Louise Raven, and, Kelly Price)
Members of various Mamma Mia castís from around the world.
Producer - Chris Hunt
Executive Producer - Judy Craymer
In addition to ABBAís own performances, this documentary featured clips of various Mamma Mia casts performing the ABBA songs. Louise Gold appeared along with Lesley Nicol and the rest of what was probably Mamma Mia London Production Cast 3 led by Louise Plowright in a clip of Rich Manís World.
Note, the Mamma Mia Cast 6 Dynamos continued to fulfil that role for Cast 7.
Judy Craymer of course is the producer of the musical Mamma Mia.
Bjorn Ulvaeus also appeared speaking to camera on A Week In The West End, as did Judy Craymer and the Mamma Mia London Production Cast 3 Dymanos (Louise Plowright, Louise Gold, and Lesley Nicol), and featured several excerpts of Mamma Mia London Production Cast 3 in action (including some of them performing Rich Manís World).
(Anni-Frid Lingstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and, Agnetha
Faltskog) themselves, as well as Judy
Cramer also feature in ABBA Ė The
Mamma Mia! Story, as does some footage of both the Mamma Mia Original London
Cast, and the Mamma Mia
Martin Koch had previously been MD on The Pirates of Penzance, including The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Performance), The Pirates Of Penzance (Gala Preview), The Pirates Of Penzance (Benefit Preview), and The Royal Variety Performance (1982).
Pete Waterman had previously contributed to the writing of the theme music for Roland Rat The Series.
Robert Hands went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2008.
Martin Koch, and, Vivien Parry may have previously taken part in Thing A Thon.
Kelly Price went on to take part in Shopping With The Stars 2009.
screened in both
by Emma Shane, 2 September 2005
Overall one of the more interesting ABBA documentaries, at least for musical theatre fans. since there is quite a good mix of original ABBA footage (plus some archive stuff of the ABBA performers in their pre-ABBA careers; apart from the obvious Swedish folk groups footage, this also includes some clips from the original Swedish production of Jesus Christ Superstar). And then thereís the band members as they are now, plus a good bit of footage involving the musical Mamma Mia.
Where this documentary falls down is in Pete Watermanís silly narration. He seems to be attempting to be sensationalist (a sad trend with documentary narrators these days). And there is simply no reason for it. Some of his off-the-cuff remarks sound rather condescending. While the will-she-wonít-she-appear story about Agnetha that ran through much of the narrative, were totally pointless, because by the time the documentary was broadcast (five months after the ďreunionĒ) most people watching it would surely have already known that Agnetha was not able to make it to the event. However, the documentary did contain some very interesting pieces to camera, notable Bjorn along with MD Martin Koch, and others, on the subject of the ABBA sound, and the efforts they had to go to to try and reconstruct that sound authentically for the stage show Mamma Mia.
This is not really a documentary about the musical Mamma Mia, but since the ďreunionĒ in the programmeís title took place on the stage of The Prince Edward Theatre, after the fifth anniversary performance of that musical (and thirty years to the day that ABBA won The Eurovision Song Contest), there are a good few clips from the show. And it is here that there are some real delights. There is a lot of new footage of the then very new London Production Cast 6 led by Vivien Parry in action at the end of the show, when Vivien with her Dynamos Kim Ismay and Lara Mulcahy are singing Dancing Queen, and then launch into Waterloo. They do a good enthusiastic job with it. As best one can tell from this all too short clip Vivien and Kim at least manage to acquit themselves well, bearing in mind that they are up against trying to follow some pretty hard acts to follow, and Iím not just referring to ABBA here, there are the previous Mamma Mia casts to consider (most notably Louise Plowright who originated the role of Tanya, and until two months previously had been playing Donna Sheridan). Well no one could be quite like Louise Plowright, but Vivien Parry seems to be managing to hold the audience. While Kim Ismay looked quite convincing in that clip (brief though it is) as Tanya (and that is no mean feet either). Lara Mulcahy appears, in this little clip, to be the least attention-grabbing in a musical number, but that seems to be entirely in keeping with her part. There follows, a lovely moment, at the very end, after the ďreunionĒ when Vivien and her dynamos (along with the rest of the cast, get to lead the three famous pop stars off stage with them, and all are shown afterwards champagne in hand clinking glasses.
There is also an amount of earlier footage, of
other Mamma Mia casts, and two songs Mamma Mia and Rich
Manís World are† largely only
heard as sung by the Mamma Mia casts. (For Dancing Queen
and a bit of
All in all itís worth putting up with Pete Watermanís soppy narration for: The footage of ABBA performing as ABBA, the earlier archive footage of the ABBA members in their pre-ABBA days, the descriptions of the difficulties of trying to recreate the ABBA Sound for the musical Mamma Mia, and the footage of the musical Mamma Mia in particular the wonderful footage of (one sensational Mamma Mia trio) Louise Plowright, Louise Gold and Lesley Nicol along with the rest of Cast 3ís amazingly brilliant performance of Rich Manís World.
Links about Abba - The Reunion aka Super Troupers DVD
ABBA Site - Page announcing the screening of this documentary: http://www.abbasite.com/news/index.php?id=1452&nolimit=asdf
ITVís websiteís page for the programme: http://www.itv.com/page.asp?partid=2109
Mamma Mia, London Productionís websiteís page for the documentary DVD: http://www.mamma-mia.com/london/dvd.asp
ABBA Mailís page about the programme - ABBA Fans reactions: http://www.abbamail.com/super_troupers_tv_reaction.htm
Amazon.co.ukís page for the DVD of the documentary: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00061S0AU/026-4413274-3950018
An unofficial ABBA websiteís log mentioning the documentary: http://www.abbf.web-log.nl/
Amazon.comís listing for the DVD of the documentary: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00065TZE6/103-6964377-8997444?v=glance