'ABBAMEMNON': Greek tragedy with comedic Swedish pop music twist

The Troubadour Theater Company is back, re-imagining another Greek tragedy into a comedy with the help of pop music.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
The Troubadour Theater Company is back, re-imagining another Greek tragedy into a comedy with the help of pop music. This one's the story of "Agamemnon" -- with a Swedish twist. It's "ABBAMEMNON"!

The Troubadour Theater Company hopes you'll "take a chance on" them and check out "ABBAMEMNON."

"Troubie" director Matt Walker says their take on 14 ABBA songs will help tell this story.

"We thought, George, that the Greeks were a little heavy for their time," said Walker. "So we thought if they'd have had access to the music of ABBA and platform shoes, they would have lightened up a little bit."

"This is your basic Greek family story where my mother is my sister and my father is my brother," said Rick Batalla. "It's like a sick game of family Twister."

But the audience is always in on the joke.

"With this company and the way these shows are structured, we really built things to want to bring them in. We want to keep them engaged. And that's what they come for, too," said Monica Schneider.

There is plenty of ABBA-inspired antics onstage, as well as swordplay and wigs aplenty!

"ABBAMEMNON" plays the Falcon Theatre in Burbank beginning Friday through July 13. Then it's on to the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts on August 1, 2 and 3.

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