By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Sept. 4, 2014
NEW YORK – Abba, the 70’s Swedish pop group, is popular among Pinoys for hit songs like “Money, Money, Money” and “Dancing Queen” among many others.
Abba became one of the most commercially successful groups of the 70’s, selling more than 380 million albums and singles worldwide.
Today, thanks to Madame Tussauds New York, fans can now take their selfies with their favorite Abba idol in wax figure form.
On Wednesday, Madame Tussauds unveiled the wax figures of the worldwide music sensation ABBA with the help of the Broadway stars from the hit musical Mamma Mia.
“Madame Tussauds New York is very excited to be launching this iconic music sensation ABBA,” said Bret Pidgeon, the regional general manager of Madame Tussauds. “We’re really excited to have the figures here – it’s gonna be great for our guests to come and get up close and personal.”
The band members worked closely with Madame Tussauds’ artists to create these lifelike wax figures.
The ABBA figures are wearing their iconic garb from various 1975 appearances and performances, complete with matching white outfits, bell-bottomed pants, and sky high platform boots.
“Unbelievable,” said Mamma Mia cast member, Stacia Fernandez. “I mean when you take a look at the fingernail, the teeth and the hair – they said something like ten thousand hairs per wing that they put in by hand – that is intense.”
Filipino cast members of Mamma Mia include Catherine Ricafort, Albert Guerzon, and Gerard Salvador.
Fernandez has nothing but good things to say about the Filipino boys of Mamma Mia.
“They are the two most dedicated people, maybe not in our company because I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but they are. Those boys are 100% every night. They never aren’t doing their job to the fullest.”
Stacia says she never had Filipino friends before she met the Pinoys of Mamma Mia, and because of them she says she is now excited to visit their homeland.
“Albert’s wife Esther brings food into the company sometimes, so I’ve gotten very acquainted with the cuisine, and I’m heading over there,” said Fernandez. “I’m going on vacation. Yes, I’m going to the Philippines.”
Abba’s wax figures will be on exhibit at the pop culture area in Madame Tussauds New York for the next three months.