Globe-trotting tribute stars at Marina

PUBLISHED: 10:30 19 November 2010

Jet-setting singer Amanda Bell promises to bring the sunshine with her as she swaps sun-kissed Rio de Janeiro for not-quite-so-sunny Lowestoft on a chilly November evening, to perform in smash-hit touring concert show Thank You for the Music.

“The majority of the production’s shows have been abroad this year,” says Amanda. “We’d spent the previous five years building a reputation as the number one ABBA concert show here in the UK but have been conspicuous by our absence here at home in 2010 as international demand for the show has mushroomed.”

Amanda says that Lowestoft might not sound as glamorous as far-flung, exotic locations such as Sao Paulo, Cannes, Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro, but she is eagerly awaiting the forthcoming Marina Theatre appearance.

“Living out of suitcases, dealing with jet lag and being forever on the road definitely takes its toll throughout the year,” she says.

“It’ll be great for the cast to arrive somewhere fresh and ready to perform.

“In Brazil, my day can begin at 5am with me applying make-up for a TV appearance. From the studios it’s to the airport and a flight to the next gig where we’ll sound-check before the evening’s performance.

“From there it’s straight on to the tour bus and a trip to another airport ready for the next venue on the tour.”

In a country measuring a mind-boggling 3,000 miles high and 3,000 miles wide, journeys between cities have to be made by plane.

“I couldn’t tell you what Brazil is like, unless you wanted a description of their theatres, airports and hotels,” says Amanda.

A trip up the A12 to Lowestoft is a breeze by comparison.

“We haven’t played the Marina for a couple of years and we hear the show is heading for a sell-out so it’ll be a night to remember,” says Amanda.

l Thank You For The Music is at the Lowestoft Marina on Friday, November 26, starting at 8pm. More information from the box office on 01502 533200.

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