26 Apr Mamma Mia here we go again
Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy reunite to deliver ABBA’s greatest hits on the 40th anniversary of the super group’s Australian concert.
It’s more than a decade since musical theatre stars Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy last shared a stage in Mamma Mia, but the pair’s love for the music of the Swedish supergroup ABBA hasn’t abated.
So much do they admire the awesome foursome, that they have penned a new production that melds their own story with that of the music of the supergroup. Written in a matter of weeks, the show, ABBA-Solutely Fabulous, is a lot of ABBA and a little bit Ab Fab. Armed with a truckload of lycra, some big hair and even bigger vocals, the duo will share their love affair with ABBA which began 40 years ago.
“For us it’s like we are reliving our childhood dreams,” says Burchmore who says she spent her teen years infatuated with ABBA’s amiable redhead Frida. “Although most of the guys were in love with Agnetha,” she laments…
Mulcahy admits to a similar obsession with Anna, saying as a child she had an enviable collection of ABBA paraphernalia, including a printed pillow. “You could say I slept with ABBA,” she quips.
However both are adamant that ABBA-Solutely Fabulous is not a tribute show a la Bjorn Again.
“We don’t try to be Agnetha and Frida – we’re Lara and Rhonda with the flavor of Eddie and Patsy from Ab Fab as well,” says Burchmore.
“I think it’s a really great mash up,” adds Mulcahy. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s just us being ourselves. We had so much fun backstage working on Mamma Mia, it’s almost as if our backstage life is coming on stage. You’ll see our real sense of humour as ourselves, and the camaraderie we have on stage. To try and keep a straight face is going to be hard.”
Burchmore who recently performed in more adult cabaret’s alongside Trevor Ashley and in her own show Vinyl Viagra says ABBA-Solutely Fabulous will be “funny and a bit naughty” but insists it will still be suitable for all-ages.
“We’ve purposely gone out and said it’s great for anyone if you’re eight or 80. But it is pretty camp,” Burchmore tells SX.
“You can’t put ABBA in a title without it being camp,” adds Mulcahy.
While the humour may be camp the pair insist they have a great affection for the group’s songs and that die-hard ABBA fans will find plenty of tracks to enjoy.
“Those songs that were hits then – they still sustain now,” says Burchmore. “So we believe if it aint broke, don’t fix it. We aren’t trying to do anything tricky or groovy with the interpretations; we just want to let the songs stand on their own.”
But just in case they need a little help, Burchmore and Mulcahy aren’t adverse to a little razzle dazzle.
“We’ve got an incredible hot boy band in sequined shirts and shorts… So there is something for everyone,” laughs Birchmore. “It’s guaranteed to be a good fun night out.”
ABBA-Solutely Fabulous plays Rooty Hill RSL May 5; Revesby Workers May 6, Dapto Leagues May 13 and Canterbury RSL May14. Tickets now on on sale. Go to ticketmaster.com.au