Monday, July 6, 2015

Abba Dabba Sing-a-Long

Money money money, must be sunny, in the ABBA world.

Abba Dabba Sing-a-Long

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Julie Walters, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski singing has cash registers ringing.
Julie Walters, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski singing has cash registers ringing.

Money money money, must be sunny, in the ABBA world.

The prospect of Meryl Streep singing has cash registers ringing: "Mamma Mia!," the Abba jukebox movie musical based on the stage phenom, has made $331 million -- and counting -- worldwide.  And Universal is betting that the pot will grow even larger when it releases a Sing-a-Long version this week at selected theaters, including the AMC Neshaminy, Showcase at the Ritz in Voorhees and the Wilmington Regal.

Having recently ferried a car full of 12-year-olds who sang, loudly and lustily, along with the movie soundtrack all the way to the Jersey Shore, I can vouch that an Abba sing-a-long is a most buoyant means of getting tweens to express that restless energy. But much as I enjoyed their impromptu chorus -- something primal about group singing, yes? --  I don't now nor have I ever "got" Abba. For me, the lyrics sound as though translated from the Esperanto, the music a muchness of marimba and the message a xerox of a fax of an e-mail of a feeling.

As I wrote in my review of "Mamma Mia!," although I was born with the gene for loving musicals, I lack the DNA sequence that permits Abba appreciation.

Are there those out there who can make an eloquent case for why the supergroup plucks their heartstrings? Haters pithier than I who can explain why hearing songs like "Honey Honey" and "Money Money Money" and "Super Trouper" makes them super droopy?

 

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