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Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus

GroUp Entertainment is proud to present Two Rooms Live, a spectacular live theatre / concert experience celebrating legendary songwriting partnerships. In 1966, nineteen year old Benny Andersson met twenty-one year old Björn Ulvaeus, and almost like magic, one of the most prolific songwriting partnerships in music history was born. A collaboration which produced an astounding eight consecutive number-one albums, seventy three singles and 18 number 1 hits for one of the most commercially successful bands of all time; the Swedish super group ABBA.

With sales of over 500 million, Anderson and Ulvaeus, wrote the songs that topped the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982; including the pop anthems ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Take a Chance on Me’ ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ and Mama Mia.

After ABBA, Andersson continued writing music with Ulvaeus. Their first project was the stage musical “Chess”, written with Tim Rice. The “Chess” concept album – with vocals by Elaine Paige, Barbara Dickson, Murray Head and Swedes Tommy Körberg and Björn Skifs – was released in October 1984, selling two million copies worldwide. The Paige/Dickson duet “I Know Him So Well” became a Number 1 hit in the UK, and Murray Head’s “One Night in Bangkok” gave Andersson and Ulvaeus a number 3 hit in the U.S.

From their first hits as songwriters in the spring of 1969: “Ljuva Sextital” (a hit with Brita Borg) and “Speleman” which was a major hit for the Hep Stars to Swedish #1 hit with “Lassie” by Ainbusk, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus songs have been recorded by artists such as Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Yngwie Malmsteen, Erasure, Culture Club, Mike Oldfield, Sarah Brightman, Sinéad O’Connor, Meryl Streep, Steps, B*Witched, Hazell Dean, Blancmange, Lush, Sweet Dreams, Chris De Burgh, Nana Mouskouri and Andre Rieu.

  • Hugh Skinner
    ABBA songs are so anthemic, and so ingrained in your system, that you can't really remember when you heard them.
    Hugh Skinner
  • Tom Hanks
    I didn't realise how many Abba songs I knew. But I knew them all. Every single one of them.
    Tom Hanks
  • Björn Ulvaeus
    It's lovely to be told, 'Your music has given me so much happiness in my life.' Who wouldn't want to hear that?
    Björn Ulvaeus
  • Ali Smith
    Abba songs, as anyone who knows knows, are constructed, technically and harmonically, so as to physically imprint the human brain as if biting it with acid, to ensure we will never, ever, ever, be able to forget them.
    Ali Smith
  • Björn Ulvaeus
    We have influenced other writers obviously," says Ulvaeus. "With such a string of hits you are bound to influence other people.
    Björn Ulvaeus
  • Björn Ulvaeus
    Before the Beatles, songwriters were very anonymous people, and nobody paid any attention to them.
    Björn Ulvaeus
  • Björn Ulvaeus
    Well mostly in song writing my experience is that there isn't so much inspiration as hard work. You sit there for hours, days and weeks with a guitar and piano until something good comes.
    Björn Ulvaeus
  • Benny Andersson
    What you make up in your heads sticks if it's good, falls out if it's bad. If we still remember something a day after we made it up, it might be worth building on.
    Benny Andersson
  • Benny Andersson
    We simply write the kind of music we enjoy most and hope that our audience will enjoy it too.
    Benny Andersson
  • Benny Andersson
    It's so humbling and I'm grateful but I cannot say I understand quite how that happened. It's kind of a miracle, never in our wildest dreams did we think that these songs that we wrote would last for such a long time.
    Benny Andersson
  • Elvis Costello
    There’s a real melancholy in [Abba’s] songs… all the flourishes, like big double octaves on the piano. We stole them like crazy.
    Elvis Costello
  • Benny Andersson
    We don't want to write political songs. We don't want to turn our records into speeches.
    Benny Andersson
  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad
    I had a dream and it was fulfilled by meeting with Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha.
    Anni-Frid Lyngstad
  • Agnetha Fältskog
    I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.
    Agnetha Fältskog

MEET THE CAST

  • Craig Titus Piano | Keyboards | Guitars | Percussion | Backing Vocals A native of Toronto Canada, Craig is an accomplished musician, film & television composer, music editor, producer, programmer and entertainment industry educator with over 30 years of experience. In addition to his extraordinary abilities as a multi-instrumentalist he is a sought after composer and music editor with over twenty years’ experience in the film and television industry. Craig has worked on numerous award-winning projects for clients including CBC, BBC, TVa, MTV, Discovery, Endemol, Buena Vista, YTV, PBS, Resolution, Disney, Twenty-Twenty, CBS, Paramount and Alliance Atlantis. Some of his many credits include Regeneration, Mythic Warriors, Mysterious Island, Striking Poses, Knock Off, The Cellar, Street Noise, She Pays the Rent, Tiger Claws, Silent Movie, The Undertaker’s Wedding, Crisis, Operation Golden Phoenix, Talons of the Eagle and TC 2000. As both a live and studio musician his talents have taken him […]
  • Davor Jordanovski Piano | Keyboards | Guitar | Bass | Harp | Accordion | Backing Vocals While still a student at the University of Music Arts (Saints Kiril & Metodij University, Skopje) in his native Macedonia, Davor was already the featured keyboard player with Macedonian National TV’s Big Band Orchestra, composing, arranging, and producing for some of the biggest and best known musical acts in the country. Davor’s beginnings were traditional: classical music, and later pop and jazz; until he broadened his experience and branched out into film, mood, jazz fusion, ambient, dance, groove, symphonic, contemporary jazz and R&B. In his 25 year-long career, Davor can safely say “he has done it all.” His performance and production credits include: Shania Twain, MTV Top 5 – World Chart Express’ single titled Red Rain – performed by Dani. Grand Prix (Best Song) at: Inter-Fest 1995, Inter-Fest 1996, Mak-Fest 1999, Mak-Fest 2001, Mak-Fest […]
  • Haley Shannon Aerialist Haley has been a performer for 12 years. She’s been honored to have worked as an aerialist for companies such asCreativiva, Zero Gravity Circus, La Rouge Entertainment, Hit and Run Productions Inc, Les Coquettes Cabaret, Femmes Du Feu, The Harbourfront Center, The Sanderson Center, Dance Migration, Cirque Du Boudoir and Disney. Haley has been featured as an actress and vocalist at events such as The Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW (Austin, TX), Canadian Music Week (Toronto ON), The Joe Carter Charity Golf Tournament (Toronto ON), Embrace Productions (Montreal, QC) and NXNE (Toronto, ON) As an actress Haley has been a guest star on television shows such as Blue Mountain State (Spike TV&Netflix), Degrassi-The Next Generation (Epitome Pictures Netflix), Skins (MTV&Netflix) and Queer as Folk (Showtime & Netflix) Her feature film credits include prominent roles in Please Kill Mr. Know It All (Road Child Films & Statik Motion […]
  • Madison Haste Dancer Madison Haste is a singer, dancer and actor from Toronto Ontario. A graduate from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, her most recent roles include: the Fringe Festival as Pastor Pinch (A Glass Hive: AKA a Comedy of Errors) and Bird Girl (Seussical: the Musical). She also co-produced and performed in Serial Lovers which will debut at the Royal Theatre later this year.
  • Debbie Wilson Choreographer Debbie Wilson is an independent artist who has worked in Canada since 1980. She began her professional career at the age of 12 with the Cincinnati Ballet Company, where she became a soloist performer and rehearsal assistant. She was the rehearsal mistress/dancer for The American Dance Machine, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Howard Richard & Dancers, and Ballet Jörgen. She also worked for the Judith Marcuse Repertory Dance Company, the Randy Glynn Dance Project and many independent choreographers across Canada and the United States. As a choreographer, she created a repertoire of critically acclaimed productions including Aphrodite Unveiled, Raphael is whispering, and Homo Office Sapiensis, which in 2002 received a Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding New Choreography. Through her international collaborative works like Planetarium (with Macedonia) and Diary of an Exile (with Trinidad and Tobago) she has introduced exceptional foreign artists in dance, music, and art […]
  • Mike Conto Guitars | Backing Vocals Mike is a Toronto-based artist who finds himself involved in a wide palette of settings, both live and in the studio. His love for popular music forms has allowed him to enjoy the company of many wonderful artists and players. This has brought him all over North America and abroad performing with original artists and cover bands. Guitar is Mike’s main instrument but he continues to work professionally as a lead vocalist and bassist, running 3 of his own bands and playing in many others in the GTA. As a producer he continues to produce and write for artists that are attracted to Mike’s subtle but caring process. In 2013, Mike was fortunate to be hired to produce the award winning musical short film, “Sad Monster” by Kurt Dettbarn. The film won Best Super Short @ Comic Con, Best Short Film @ Atlanta Underground […]