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Paradise, Lost: Why 'Beyond Eden' May be the Best Musical You'll Never See

For 20 years, B.C. composer Bruce Ruddell has been working on his epic musical, Beyond Eden. But less than eight months before it was set to debut, it collapsed like the aboriginal culture at the heart of the show.
Monday Magazine  |  John Threlfall  |  09-03-2008  |  Theater

Middle-Aged ABBA Musical Not Quite as Cringetastic as Those Words Implynew

1994's Muriel's Wedding used the title character’s obsession with the '70s Swedish quartet's glittery lady-music to underscore Muriel's disconnected idealization of romance, glamour and marriage-centered happiness, an obsession that leaves her struggling to construct a true sense of self. Mamma Mia!, on the other hand, features ABBA as a way to ... sing along to ABBA songs. And dance.
Weekly Alibi  |  Erin Adair-Hodges  |  07-29-2008  |  Reviews

Why Aren't There More Musical TV Shows?new

Like RENT or Carousel or Pippin or Moulin Rouge or whatever, but in televised episodic form.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Caralyn Green  |  07-28-2008  |  TV

'Mamma Mia!' Big-Screen Musical Drains the Fun Out of ABBAnew

For all its halfhearted stabs at catering to the transatlantic youth market (with a little gift tucked in for the stage show’'s voluminous gay following), Mamma Mia! is a (Shirley) valentine to 50-something we're-not-done-yet broads.
L.A. Weekly  |  Ella Taylor  |  07-18-2008  |  Reviews

ABBA's Pop Goes Head-to-head with the Darker Rock of 'Lou Reed's Berlin'new

Both Mamma Mia! and Lou Reed's Berlin reveal what impact pop music has on the aesthetics and sensibilities of filmmakers, pointing to a bigger issue: What meanings do people take from pop music?
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  07-17-2008  |  Reviews

A Big Fat Greek Wedding Features the Songs of ABBAnew

Whatever else you think of ABBA, you have to respect great cross-programming. Mamma Mia! opens just as the world's boyfriends and husbands are going off to see their secret boyfriend Batman.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Richard von Busack  |  07-17-2008  |  Reviews

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