Why in the world would they include Motown songs from the 60s in a show about ABBA? Right there the whole thing loses credibility.
I'm not a big fan of ABBA or disco music in general, but with a name like "Dancing Queen" I would've expected there to be dance routines done to the songs, but it sounds like there was none of that.
Wiz, I don't think you were too harsh with your review. If someone wants to do a tribute show to a certain group, whether it be ABBA or The Beatles or whoever, they should remain true to the music and not insult that group's fans.
(edited) BTW, I too don't like it when lyrics are changed to make them politically correct. I never heard anything about "Bridge Over Troubled Water" supposedly being about drugs -- I personally think it is one of the most beautiful songs Paul Simon ever wrote -- but if Ms. Rimes didn't like what she thought the lyrics were about, why did she record the song at all? Why not just leave it alone and sing something else?
I have the same quibble with the Kentucky Derby, when they sing "My Old Kentucky Home" and change the lyrics to " 'tis summer, the children are gay." If they find the original lyrics so offensive why not just use some other song? How easy would that be?
Songs reflect the times in which they were written. In a way they are a musical reflection of our history. If part of "Old Man River" bothers you, leave it out of your repertoire. If you can't sing a song the way it was written and accept that it was written that way because it made sense at the time, then just don't sing it.
Mike, I agree with your review. My wife and I wasted our time and money on this show early in September. I was very disappointed.
Wow, I never realized there were that many cover versions of "Bridge ..." And Lee Ann Rimes was the only one who felt compelled to change the words?
It's one of what I call my "rainy day" songs, along with Barber's "Adagio for Strings". I once heard the "Adagio" on the radio on a beautiful, sunshiney day and it immediately put me into a sad mood for the rest of the day. "Bridge" does that to me too. I can't listen to it if I'm feeling happy and energetic.