SEPTEMBER 13: KRISTINA PREMIERE
Aminah Al Fakir
Linda Bodin (also in Helsinki)
Johan Hallberg (also Helsinki)
Teija Hedin (also Helsinki)
Josefine Isaksson (also Gothenburg)
Roma Loukes (also Gothenburg)
Johanna Byström (also Gothenburg)
Celia Berndtzen (also Gothenburg)
Rebecka Carlsson (also Gothenburg)
Linnéa Isaksson (also Gothenburg)
In the article B&B shoot down the recent days rumours of a sequel for MAMMA MIA! film. Benny says Universal wants a second film, but the film company has not approached them. If they do, it must be with a good script. Björn adds that he and Björn are the ones who decide wether there will be a second MM! film or not. Benny is not keen on a ssequel, he does not believe it could be as good as the first one, but adds that one never can say never. Björn says that if a screenplay writer and director come up with something that makes them excited, then yes.
Swedish magazine Amelia has interviwed Maria Ylipää and Birthe Wingren at Cirkus when they were testing their role costumes. The magazine will come out during the summer.
MAY 7: ORIONTEATERN
"A Theatre for All Senses", a book about Orionteatern by Karin Helander (text) and Martin Skoog (photos ) has just been released. The book tells how a theatre project get's it start and how it developes on the way to the premiere in the special enviroment as Orionteatern is. HJÄLP SÖKES is the project that stands in center of the book.
APRIL 28: CIRKELN CIRKELN
CIRKELN was seen 38.399 persons during March and brought in 4,39 million Crowns. Alltogether in February and March CIRKELN's number of audience was 113.646 and it grossed 12,95 million Crowns. Production budget includin 9 millions from Swedish Film Institute was ca. 40 millions.
APRIL 25: BENNY VISITS CHESS IN CONCERT
APRIL 24: BJÖRN IN EXPRESSEN
At the MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY press conference, Expresen has made an interview with Björn for his 70th birthday.
Björn, who celebrated in an secret town in Italy, says that death approaches, it is just so. Despite his age, Björn still works with full speed. He likes to be fully involved in his projects, from idea until it is completed and ready, not just delivering the artistic content. Expressen asks does Björn have need to control everything. Björn denies, if he has a vision and wants to reach it, he must be involved, that is the challenge for Björn.
Swedish artiste Anton Edwall recently admitted using drugs and said that in the music branch drugs are daily things. Expressens asks Björn, who has spent almost his whole life in the music business, is it so. Björn says yes, all the time that he has been involved in music branch, it has been permissive towards drugs. But as ABBA consited of two couples with families, they were not approached By drugdealers. As Björn remembers, they were never offered drugs. Expressens's reported does not want to believe this. Björn says it sounds unbelievable as drugs were very common in music business in the 70's. But as two copules they were not interesting, It would heve ben different if they had been a boy band.
When asked how it is different to become 70 than 40, Björn says that one no longer doesn't pay so much attention to what people think of you One dares to say things as they are and can better live with the tryth. Othwerwise there's not many things that are better.
The approaching end of life means that one can't wait too long for things. If he want to create MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, he must do it right now.
APRIL 21: KRISTINA CONCERTS IN MALMÖ
Malmö Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 20th anniversary of KRISTINA with concert version of the musical on November 13, 14 and 15. Anders Eljas conducts and soloists include Sanna Nielsen, Åsa Fång and Philip Jalmelid.. Marianne Mörck will tells the story between songs and read excepts from Vilhelm Moberg's novels.
APRIL 21: KRISTINA IN STOCKHOLM
Ca. 900 persons were interested in roles in the Stockholm production of KRISTINA. Apart from the four principals, some ensemble members from Gothenburg will move to Stockholm. But there will be many new faces aswell.
Tickets can be booked here.
APRIL 20: BJÖRN AT HUMANISTS CHARITY GALA TONIGHT
Benny and Lars Rudolfsson played at Orionteatern's ORION ON FIRE session yesterday. Marian Wallentin was the vocalist. Here you can watch a video of ON AND ON AND ON from the concert.
MARCH 27: MM! HELSINKI
Johan Hwatz has been cast as Arvid in Stockholm production of KRISTINA.
Fantastic, if you ask me. It could not be better. That way we are seeing every day, and plan is indeed that Ludvig will learn everything about the company, so that he one day can take over. Everything that I have worked with trough my life, from Hep Stars to MAMMA MIA! is taken care of here (=at Mono Music office), there are unbelievably many things. Everything that one has accomplished must be administrated and there will be a day when I am too old for that.
In addition, we find new things together, like this film, for example. I and father think the say way about most of things, so I often even don't need to ask him. I know what he thinks when Philip Morris calls and wants to use Dancing Queen in a commercial for cigarettes..
DECEMBER 4: FROM RIVAL TO DUVEMÅLA
OCTOBER 28: KRISTINA REVIEW: NUMMER
OCTOBER 28: KRISTINA REVIEWS: SWEDISH RADIO P4