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Kristina from Duvemåla is a musical by Benny Andersson,  Björn Ulvaeus  and  Lars Rudolfsson, based on Vilhelm Moberg's emigrant epic which describes the migration from Sweden and Nordic countries to America at the end of 19th century.


The musical had its opening night in Malmö in 1995. Since that, it has been performed for a million Swedes. It premiered at Svenska Teatern in Helsinki on the 29th of February 2012, Svenska Teatern being the first theatre to stage Kristina from Duvemåla musical outside of Sweden.


Kristina from Duvemåla gained an audience of over 75.000 people with sold out  performances at Svenska Teatern already by the end of 2013. International audience have flocked to see Kristina from Duvemåla and It's gotten great reviews from abroad.


More about the musical on www.kristina.fi (also in English). See more about Kristina on the links below.


Kristina at the Royal Albert Hall - April 4th 2010           All about Kristina från Duvemåla


Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a romantic triangle between two top chess players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other; all in the context of a Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, during which both countries wanted to win international chess tournaments for propaganda purposes.


Although the protagonists were not intended to represent any specific individuals, the character of the American was loosely based on chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, while elements of the story may have been inspired by the chess careers of Russian grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov

Mamma Mia! is based on the songs of ABBA. ABBA was a Swedish pop/dance group active from 1972–1982 and was one of the most internationally popular pop groups of all time, topping the charts again and again in Europe, North America and Australia. Following the premiere of the musical in London in 1999, ABBA Gold topped the charts in the United Kingdom again.


This musical was the brainchild of producer Judy Craymer. She met songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in 1983 when they were working with Tim Rice on Chess. It was the song "The Winner Takes It All" that suggested to her the theatrical potential of their pop songs. The songwriters were not enthusiastic, but they were not completely opposed to the idea.

In 1997, Craymer commissioned Catherine Johnson to write the book for the musical. In 1998, Phyllida Lloyd became the director for the show. It is unusual for three women to form the collaboration behind a commercial success in musical theatre.


Original London Production


The musical opened in the West End at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999 and transferred to the Prince of Wales Theatre on 9 June 2004, where it played until September 2012, when it moved to the Novello Theatre. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Anthony Van Laast, the original cast featured Siobhan McCarthy, Lisa Stokke, and Hilton McRae.


Book Mamma Mia Tickets on the following link--- MAMMA MIA


Benny and Bjorn's fourth *  musical is called HJÄLP SÖKES , Lars Rudolfsson originated the  story and directed .  Kristina Lugn wrote the (script) book , Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote  the lyrics . The music is by Benny Andersson. Benny worked on the music close to the deadline. When the project was announced Bjorn was not on board, but came on later to the project to help with the lyric writing, that Kristina Lugn had started on...  


HJÄLP SÖKES loosely translates to "Help Wanted" and the musical is about some middle aged farmers  needing help. The help comes in the form of a mother and her daughter. And the mother and daughter are  not Sophie and Donna.   The staging  includes animals including a goat, a dog, and others.



Benny has written a few songs with Kristina Lugn before, and of course, works regularly with Lars, who is the director of Kristina Fran Duvemala.   This musical was kept well under wraps. Apparently, the musical has only eight songs with vocals   the first one introduced was called  Bortom sol och måne (Beyond the sun and moon).  The musical is being staged at the small Orionteatern in Sodermalm in Stockholm. The theater has it's 30th anniversary next year.  The musical is premiered in February 8, 2013, and performances  ran through summer.



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