Kwinana Courier - - Workplace / Community Classifieds - Tanya MacNaughton

NOT only were ABBA’s Benny An­der­s­son and Bjorn Ul­vaeus be­hind some of the great­est hits of the 20th cen­tury but they are re­spon­si­ble for the friend­ship of two of Aus­tralia’s bright­est mu­sic theatre tal­ents.

The Swedish stars paired Rhonda Burch­more and Lara Mulc­ahy to­gether in the Mamma Mia! au­di­tion room in 2000 and the chem­istry proved so right, not only did Burch­more and Mulc­ahy get the roles of Tanya and Rosie but they have re­mained best friends.

“We’ve gone our dif­fer­ent ways in terms of shows; Lara did Les Mis­er­ables and I did ev­ery­thing from The Drowsy Chap­er­one and Into the Woods to trav­el­ling with cabaret in Lon­don and Aus­tralia,” Burch­more said.

“Last Novem­ber we got to­gether over drinks and we looked at the cur­rent land­scape of mu­sic theatre shows and there was noth­ing there for us in Aladdin, Kinky Boots, The Book of Mor­mon or My Fair Lady, so we de­cided to write ABBA-so­lutely Fab­u­lous!.

“We co-wrote it and I pro­duced it and fi­nanced it my­self en­tirely. It’s just a great cel­e­bra­tion of life and girl power and women of a cer­tain age get­ting out and do­ing what they love – along with 22 ABBA songs.

“We’re not try­ing to be Agnetha and Frida, we’re Lara and Rhonda.”

ABBA-so­lutely Fab­u­lous! Crown Perth on Novem­ber 25. is at

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