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ABBACADABRA – a MAGICAL tribute to ABBA

The Music of “MAMMA MIA!” and 

Voted “World’s Greatest Tribute Band”

1974 thru 2018… Yes, 45 years of ABBA music. Over four decades of some of the greatest pop songs in history kept alive by ABBACADABRA – the ultimate ABBA tribute. Jerry Greenberg, former president of Atlantic Records who signed the new band ABBA in 1974, says “ABBACADABRA is as close as you’ll ever hear to the real thing.” Now in their 14th year of touring, ABBACADABRA has entertained audiences worldwide, includes performing on two national TV shows to huge audience ratings; a one hour special on AXs TV show, “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” and the “Home & Family” show on the Hallmark Network.

Producer Gary Raffanelli got the idea on the spot in an entertainment meeting and bluffed that it was already in production. The excitement in the room caused him to begin that day in 2002. The show has performed in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala, coast to coast in the USA with more tours planned in Canada and India.  

Fueled by the hugely popular 1999 Broadway musical production “MAMMA MIA!”, the 2008 movie of the same name, and the new “MAMMA MIA! 2”, the music of ABBA is back in the hearts of those who lived it then and taking over the hearts of those who are experiencing it for the first time now. ABBACADABRA promises to continue the momentum by performing 20 of the group’s greatest hits in full ABBA flair. “Mamma Mia!”, “S.O.S.”, “Super Trooper” and “Dancing Queen” are re-created with such precision you’ll swear you were listening to the originals themselves. “Take a Chance on Me” and “Waterloo” will lift the audience out of their seats to dance! The show is authentic in music and dress and is performed to live music that will leave you excited and melancholy... at the same time.

Do not miss this show when it appears near you. It will leave you wondering, “Was that really them?”

 

Parking

The Kate parking map - accessible parking is available on Main Street and in the parking lot behind the Kate

Parking at the Kate is free and easy! There is not one dedicated parking lot; however, there is ample parking surrounding the venue.

Parking on the street is limited and shared by all Main Street merchants. We ask that you consider one of the suggested off-street parking locations in blue where Kate patrons have permission to park.

Shows start promptly at the time posted to our website and printed on your tickets. Planning to arrive 15 minutes prior to the show is always a great idea—plus, it give you a few minutes to explore the Katharine Hepburn Museum!

Directions

The Kate is located at 300 Main Street in downtown Old Saybrook, a short distance from the I-95 corridor as well as the Route 9/I-95 interchange. Get Driving Directions

Concessions/Bar

The Kate’s Concessions/Bar area is open for most shows, offering bottled water, soda, juice, and a selection of movie theater candy. For those 21 and over, a selection of beer, wine, prosecco, and simple mixed cocktails are available.

Cash or credit cards are accepted and beverages purchased at the Kate may be taken into the theater.

Concessions/bar may not be available for all performances and selections may vary. For more information, contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453.

Nearby Dining Options

Consider one of the many great nearby restaurants for a bite to eat before or after the show. To explore options, check out our Dining page.

The Kate theater is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cultural Arts Center. The orchestra level is accessible by elevator from the 1st floor lobby; the balcony is accessible only via stairs. Accessible seating locations may vary slightly by event and are clearly identified on the interactive seating chart for each performance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453. For additional information, please reference our Box Office & Theater Policies.

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The Kate is generously sponsored by:

  • Pasta Vita
  • Saybrook Point Resort & Marina
  • Sennheiser