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ABBAMANIACS (article first published : 2006-09-3)

Just when you thought it was safe to breathe, they're back! MacBob Productions presents the return of Abbamaniacs, written and directed by Aaron McIlroy.

This uproarious musical comedy features rock hits by the legendary Swedish super group, and stars the irrepressible Aaron ("Wake up my boy!") as the psychotic, wannabe DJ, Nigel Bjorn van Rensburg, an obsessive Abba fanatic who hijacks East Coast Radio's airwaves to flood listeners' homes with an ongoing string of his idols' hit songs.

Lisa Bobbert, Shelley McLean, Pinkie Mtshali, Clinton Philander and Jacobus van Heerden are the super-hot talent line-up who join Aaron onstage, playing a procession of zany characters who wander into his studio, to be swept away in the momentum of Nigel’s hectic energy and the show’s hilarious plot.

The show redefines nostalgia. Nothing is sacred in this affectionately irreverent, two-hour entertainment that combines fun and farce with all-time Abba favourites such as Fernando, Waterloo, Honey Honey and Take a Chance and many more, all performed with immense gusto.

Last seen in Durban more than seven years ago, Abbamaniacs has a track record as one of MacBob's greatest runaway successes. It has played to clamorous houses all over South Africa. Back by public demand, the restaged production boasts costumes by Terrence Bray, lighting by Michael Broderick and sound by Tim Pullen.

Abbamaniacs runs from September 14 to October 8 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. Tickets R95. Early booking at Computicket is advised.




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