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Belly Up to 'take a chance' on The ABBA Show on May 28

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. - May 14, 2017 - EntSun -- Marie-Claire Follett was a teenager in London looking for a singing job when she auditioned for a spot in an ABBA tribute band.

She got the gig all right, and something else — a career.

"I was just a singer looking for a job, and it's kind of become my life's work," Follett says.

She isn't complaining. That's because she and her husband Andy Marshall, who's also her partner in the ensemble known as The ABBA Show, now have three casts of the show. Two are in Europe — including one in the original group's native Sweden — and one that works in the United States.

It's Follett's California-based group that will perform the music of the wildly popular and totally enigmatic pop group on Sunday, May 28 at the Belly Up Tavern.

Follett says people who aren't familiar with the music of ABBA, simply because they didn't live through the ABBA hey day between 1974 and 1982, have no clue that people around the world continue to worship the band, which hasn't performed together in 35 years.

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"They're still absolutely huge in Europe," Follett says.

"In fact, when we were living in London, we were one of 100 ABBA tribute bands. The music continues to be huge with all the generations. They sold 600 million records, and they're still selling millions today, even though they haven't recorded in over 30 years. It's quite remarkable."

Follett says she's seen the band's multi-generational appeal every time she, her husband and their two stage mates step into the spotlight.

"We have people in our audience who are 6 years old who know all the words (to ABBA songs)," she explains.

The ABBA Show is more than just four singers performing the songs of ABBA. This is one of those rare tribute shows where acting the part is every bit as important as sounding like the original group.

Follett portrays ABBA's Frida Lyngstad. Besides her husband, who plays Bjorn Ulvaeus in the show, the other members of the American cast include Natalie Eaton as Agnetha Faltskog and Jim Bob McGuinness as Benny Andersson.

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"When my husband and I moved to California (from Europe), we picked up the new cast members for the (American) cast. They were from California, so they taught us how to surf, and we taught them Swedish accents," she says with a big laugh.

Betamaxx, Southern California's favorite ultra-high energy, live '80s music experience opens the show.

CALENDAR: The ABBA Show performs Sunday, May 28 at 8:00 PM at the Belly Up Tavern. Betamaxx, Southern California's favorite ultra-high energy, live '80s music experience opens the show. Tickets are $15/$17 and may be purchased at www.bellyup.com or (858) 481-8140. The show is 21+.Doors are at 7:00 PM.

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Source: la jolla booking

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