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|Boney M Show 'Bigger Than Mamma Mia!'|
- Writer promises more glitz and glam for musical
THE MAN behind the upcoming Boney M musical says his creation will have “more show” than Mamma Mia!, the hugely successful Abba musical.
Abba and Boney M were pop rivals in the 1970s and while Abba come out on top for most, Boney M were always more flamboyant and that was down to the band’s songwriter/producer Frank Farian, who is also in charge of the musical.
“It's a little bit different from Abba, but I think we have more show, and the budget is a little bigger,” said Farian of the musical, provisionally titled Daddy Cool after one of Boney M‘s biggest hits.
“I have a lot of respect for the Abba people. But Abba was always a little bit more normal. With Boney M, always a big show.”
That show, still being written ahead of an April launch, features Boney M songs around a plot about two London gangs. Quite how such a storyline can accommodate songs like Rasputin and Mary’s Boy Child remains to be seen, but it sounds like Farian is goint to have a lot of fun trying.
Daddy Cool starts previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre from the end of April.
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