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Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus’ Kristina UK premiere April 14

BENNY ANDERSSON & BJÖRN ULVAEUS PRESENT
THE UK PREMIERE OF THE CONCERT VERSION OF THE MUSICAL
“KRISTINA”
AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL ON WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL

 

ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the songwriters of the musicals “Chess” and “Mamma Mia!”, are presenting, for one night only, the UK premiere of the concert version of their epic musical “KRISTINA” at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 14 April.  The concert will feature a cast of over 30 performers led by the original ‘Kristina’, Helen Sjöholm, along with Russell Watson, Louise Pitre and Kevin Odekirk, accompanied by a 50-piece Symphony Orchestra, consisting of the finest musicians hand-picked by Isobel Griffiths, and the Choir who performed at the Carnegie Hall concerts, all conducted by Paul Gemignani.
“KRISTINA” tells the story of one woman and her family’s struggle in Sweden and their subsequent emigration to America in search of a better life. Originally produced in Sweden, with music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus, this moving musical production has won awards and critical acclaim and is the most popular musical theatre piece in Swedish history.  For the concert version, English lyrics have been written by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer, who also wrote the English lyrics for “Les Misérables”.
In her native Sweden, Helen Sjöholm (‘Kristina’) has played ‘Hodel’ in “Fiddler on the Roof”, ‘Fantine’ in “Les Misérables”, starred in “Chess”, played ‘Polly Peachum’ in “The Threepenny Opera” and ‘Eliza’ in “My Fair Lady”, as well as creating the role of ‘Kristina’ in the original musical production of “Kristina från Duvemåla”  in 1995. She is a lead vocalist in the Benny Andersson Band and sang last year’s single, Story of a Heart.  Russell Watson (‘Karl Oskar’) was the first ever British male to simultaneously occupy a No.1 spot in the UK and American classical charts, as well as being the first artist to have a classical album at the No.1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year. Having released nine albums to date and sold over six million records worldwide, he has won four classical BRIT Awards and is recognized as the UK’s biggest selling classical artist of the 21st century.  Louise Pitre (‘Ulrika’) created the role of ‘Donna Sheridan’ in the Toronto production of “Mamma Mia!”, and went on to make her Broadway debut and earn a Tony Award® nomination for the same role, when the musical first opened on Broadway in 2001. Other leading musical roles include ‘Fantine’ in “Les Misérables” and the title role in “Piaf”.  Kevin Odekirk made his Broadway debut as ‘Marius’ in “Les Misérables”, and has gone on to perform with people such as Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury and Julie Andrews.
The concert version of “KRISTINA” was presented at New York’s Carnegie Hall in September 2009 and was a resounding success.  In April, Universal Music will be releasing a double CD of “Kristina” at the Carnegie Hall. As at the Carnegie Hall, the concert at the Royal Albert Hall will be directed by Lars Rudolfsson.
Tickets, which will be priced from £17.50 to £75.00, go on sale to the general public on Friday 22 January and are available at http://www.kristinathemusical.com <http://www.kristinathemusical.com> or 0845 401 5045 or in person at the Box Office of the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.  The concert will begin at 7.30pm.
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KRISTINA New York Post Theater Blog Series

BENNY ANDERSSON & BJÖRN ULVAEUS’

MUSICAL “KRISTINA”

READ NEW YORK POST THEATER CRITIC

ELISABETH VINCENTELLI’S

EXCLUSIVE 6 PART BLOG SERIES

Benny and Björn talk influences

http://www.nypost.com/p/benny_and_bjorn_talk_influences_TL8HumClHn6kIHSmwTd44O

Chatting with “Kristina” Director Lars Rudolfsson

http://www.nypost.com/p/chatting_with_kristina_director_lvsgRojEryvu9Xn9C9P8KL

Kristina on “Kristina”

http://www.nypost.com/p/kristina_on_kristina_Nckm83C65Ug2AnIk8tuPtL

Louise Pitre on her Carnegie Hall debut

http://www.nypost.com/p/louise_pitre_on_her_carnegie_hall_3LLddJZ3U6RfM0zfteNQXL

Benny & Björn on “Kristina

http://www.nypost.com/p/benny_and_bjorn_on_kristina_t9zpJUOiWg4lSmI6inCYCL

The Road to Kristina

http://www.nypost.com/p/the_road_to_kristina_knIhO0i0HrR7kTu3YgviuL

KRISTINA CONCERT AMERICAN PREMIERE

Carnegie Hall – 2 Nights Only

FINAL PERFORMANCE TONIGHT! Thursday, September 24

ABBA, MAMMA MIA! and Chess songwriting team Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ two-night only Carnegie Hall concert presentation of KRISTINA plays its final performance tonight, Thursday, 24th marking the American premiere of the hit Swedish musical in English. 

New York Post theater critic Elisabeth Vincentelli interviewed the composers and stars of KRISTINA for a feature in Tuesday’s paper and has been following the road to Carnegie Hall on her theater blog in an exclusive multi part series.

Read Tuesday’s print feature:

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/music/benny_bjorn_again_FlzqhUutTdNUPlvRW6oBKM

KRISTINA, with music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer, and direction by Lars Rudolfsson, stars original Swedish “Kristina” Helen Sjöholm, internationally renowned tenor Russell Watson, Tony Award® nominee Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!) and Kevin Odekirk (Les Misérables) leading 30 member company and featuring the 50 piece American Theatre Orchestra conducted by Tony Award® winner Paul Gemignani.

Based on The Emigrants series of novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home), KRISTINA tells the epic story of an extended family’s migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th Century.

Originally titled Kristina från Duvemåla, the musical premiered at the Malmo Music Theatre in Sweden in 1995 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  The musical ran for almost four years, winning four Guldmasken Theatre Awards (Sweden’s Tony!) and was seen by more people than any other musical in Swedish history.

In 1996, a concert version of KRISTINA was performed (in Swedish) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a part of the country where many of the events in the Moberg novels took place.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune called the concert “engaging, emotionally charged and haunting.”

Universal Music is proud to promote the concert alongside Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. A cast recording will follow, released through Universal Music’s Decca Records.

Tickets for KRISTINA are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue), via phone at 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

Visit www.kristinathemusical.com to listen to songs from KRISTINA in English, watch video content, check out photos and production background, and sign up to receive upcoming news.

www.KristinaTheMusical.com

 

KRISTINA Playbill feature – Carnegie Hall Concert Tonight 9/23

ABBA’s BENNY ANDERSSON & BJÖRN ULVAEUS’

MUSICAL “KRISTINA”

PLAYBILL FEATURE

http://www.playbill.com/features/article/133101-Bringing_Kristina_to_the_States

KRISTINA CONCERT AMERICAN PREMIERE

Carnegie Hall – 2 Nights Only

TOMORROW! Wednesday, September 23 & Thursday, September 24

ABBA, MAMMA MIA! and Chess songwriting team Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ two-night only Carnegie Hall concert presentation of KRISTINA plays the legendary venue tonight, September 23rd and Thursday, 24th – marking the American premiere of the hit Swedish musical in English.

Playbill writer Harry Haun caught up with the creative team and stars of KRISTINA as they met the New York media at rehearsal last week.

PLAYBILL – Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bringing Kristina to the States

By Harry Haun

The Americanization of “Kristina,” the smash Swedish musical by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, officially debuts Sept. 23 and 24 in concert form—at Carnegie Hall, if you please—with portents of a substantial Broadway gig to follow.

The question of what would happen to the show after those initial two days hung heavily in the air at the “Kristina” press conference, but the company line was coyly non-committable, and no one broke ranks to venture any kind of fearless prediction.

Louise Pitre, one of the principals, came closest to spilling the beans: “I have no idea what their plans are,” she admitted, “but I’m assuming they’re not doing this for nothing. Whatever, I think people who come to this concert will be blown away.”

Indeed, when “Kristina” premiered Oct. 7, 1995, at the Malmo Opera and Music Theatre in Malmo, Sweden, one critic likened Andersson’s musicality to that of Schubert. And, when a 90-minute concert version of that nearly four-hour score was presented — in Swedish, by the original cast — in Minneapolis a year later, Time magazine called it “one of the most ambitious swatches of musical theatre (39 songs!) since Gershwin’s 1935 ‘Porgy and Bess.'” Seconding that, the chief critic for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune likewise broke out the bells and drums, trumpeting that “I have seen the future of musical theater, and its name is Kristina!”

Now, almost 13 years later, the future seems to have at last arrived. This week’s twin concerts mark the first time the show has been presented in English —Herbert Kretzmer, of Les Miserables fame, assisted lyricist Ulvaeus in the translation—and the results are being recorded for a release via Universal Music’s Decca Records.

Kristina never existed in English — till now,” Andersson noted. “We just wanted to do this here-and-now thing. I think it’s great to be able to present Kristina the way it should be presented. Where we go from here, we don’t know. It’s just something we really wanted to do. It’s an event in itself. We’ve felt that from the beginning.”

Read the complete feature now: http://www.playbill.com/features/article/133101-Bringing_Kristina_to_the_States

KRISTINA, with music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer, and direction by Lars Rudolfsson, stars original Swedish “Kristina” Helen Sjöholm, internationally renowned tenor Russell Watson, Tony Award® nominee Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!) and Kevin Odekirk (Les Misérables) leading 30 member company and featuring the 50 piece American Theatre Orchestra conducted by Tony Award® winner Paul Gemignani.

Based on The Emigrants series of novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home), KRISTINA tells the epic story of an extended family’s migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th Century.

Originally titled Kristina från Duvemåla, the musical premiered at the Malmo Music Theatre in Sweden in 1995 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  The musical ran for almost four years, winning four Guldmasken Theatre Awards (Sweden’s Tony!) and was seen by more people than any other musical in Swedish history.

In 1996, a concert version of KRISTINA was performed (in Swedish) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a part of the country where many of the events in the Moberg novels took place.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune called the concert “engaging, emotionally charged and haunting.”

Universal Music is proud to promote the concert alongside Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. A cast recording will follow, released through Universal Music’s Decca Records.

Tickets for KRISTINA are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue), via phone at 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

Visit www.kristinathemusical.com to listen to songs from KRISTINA in English, watch video content, check out photos and production background, and sign up to receive upcoming news.

www.KristinaTheMusical.com

KRISTINA New York Post feature – Carnegie Hall Concert Bows Tomorrow

ABBA’s BENNY ANDERSSON & BJÖRN ULVAEUS’

MUSICAL “KRISTINA”

NEW YORK POST PRINT FEATURE

READ EXCLUSIVE NEW YORK POST BLOG EXTRAS:

The Road to KRISTINA

KRISTINA CONCERT AMERICAN PREMIERE

Carnegie Hall – 2 Nights Only

TOMORROW! Wednesday, September 23 & Thursday, September 24

ABBA, MAMMA MIA! and Chess songwriting team Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ two-night only Carnegie Hall concert presentation of KRISTINA plays the legendary venue tomorrow, Wednesday, September 23rd and Thursday, 24th marking the American premiere of the hit Swedish musical in English.

New York Post theater critic Elisabeth Vincentelli interviewed the composers and stars of KRISTINA.

NEW YORK POST – Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Benny & Björn again

ABBA fans, consider this a friendly warning: Don’t expect disco balls and satin flares at Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ show tomorrow night.

“Dancing Queen” and “SOS” aren’t in the offing at the Carnegie Hall event. Instead, we’ll be treated to a concert version of the two men’s 1995 musical-theater epic, “Kristina” — complete with a large orchestra and choir, and songs about lice, miscarriages and the existence of God.

Andersson and Ulvaeus are not new to musicals, of course: Even before the ABBA songbook provided the bedrock for the juggernaut known as “Mamma Mia!,” they had penned the 1980s cult show “Chess.”

But “Kristina” — originally “Kristina från Duvemåla” — was a departure for the pair, which mixed an expansive neoclassical vein with Nordic folk touches, and didn’t refrain from stark imagery.

No need to fret, though: The subject matter may look like a Scandi bummer, but Andersson’s melodic skills are evident throughout, and “Kristina” (to be performed in English) is an ambitious, often majestic achievement that goes straight for the heart — and the tear ducts.

The musical, which follows the adventures of a poor Swedish family as it moves to Minnesota in 1850, is based on a series of novels by Vilhelm Moberg. They were turned into a pair of popular movies in the early 1970s, with Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow as married couple Kristina and Karl Oskar Nilsson.

Ulvaeus recalls that “choosing those books, we learned the lesson from ‘Chess,’ where the story is weaker than the rest. This time we wanted a story we could rely on in any kind of weather.” Andersson chimes in: “So if it didn’t work, it wasn’t because of the story, it was us.”

Whereas the books are collectively known as the Emigrant novels, Andersson and Ulvaeus decided to focus on the character of Kristina, wife and mother, deeply religious but also commonsensical, and heroic in her own unassuming way.

“Both in ‘Mamma Mia!’ and in ‘Kristina,’ there’s an element of gender equality, which is important stuff and has nothing to do with entertainment,” Andersson says forcefully. “The films went in another direction, where Karl Oskar was the man. Our Kristina is a more complex person — like she is in the books.”

Read the full print feature now.

KRISTINA, with music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer, and direction by Lars Rudolfsson, stars original Swedish “Kristina” Helen Sjöholm, internationally renowned tenor Russell Watson, Tony Award® nominee Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!) and Kevin Odekirk (Les Misérables) leading 30 member company and featuring the 50 piece American Theatre Orchestra conducted by Tony Award® winner Paul Gemignani.

Based on The Emigrants series of novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home), KRISTINA tells the epic story of an extended family’s migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th Century.

Originally titled Kristina från Duvemåla, the musical premiered at the Malmo Music Theatre in Sweden in 1995 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  The musical ran for almost four years, winning four Guldmasken Theatre Awards (Sweden’s Tony!) and was seen by more people than any other musical in Swedish history.

In 1996, a concert version of KRISTINA was performed (in Swedish) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a part of the country where many of the events in the Moberg novels took place.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune called the concert “engaging, emotionally charged and haunting.”

Universal Music is proud to promote the concert alongside Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. A cast recording will follow, released through Universal Music’s Decca Records.

Tickets for KRISTINA are on sale at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue), via phone at 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

Visit www.kristinathemusical.com to listen to songs from KRISTINA in English, watch video content, check out photos and production background, and sign up to receive upcoming news.

www.KristinaTheMusical.com

KRISTINA Announces Pitre, Odekirk, Full Cast

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

 

BENNY ANDERSSON & BJÖRN ULVAEUS’

KRISTINA

A CONCERT EVENT AT CARNEGIE HALL

LOUISE PITRE and KEVIN ODEKIRK

JOIN HELEN SJÖHOLM and RUSSELL WATSON

LEADING A 27 MEMBER CAST

Directed by LARS RUDOLFSSON

Featuring the 50 piece American Theatre Orchestra

Conducted by PAUL GEMIGNANI

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ upcoming Carnegie Hall concert presentation of the new musical KRISTINA is proud to announce full casting.

Tony Award® nominee Louise Pitre returns to the New York stage after originating the role of “Donna Sheridan” in the composing team’s global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! on Broadway.

Kevin Odekirk originated the role of “Robert” in the New York workshop presentation of KRISTINA after making his Broadway debut in Les Misérables.

Previously announced stars Helen Sjöholm, who originated the title role in the Swedish production of KRISTINA, and internationally renowned tenor Russell Watson, lead a 27 member cast featuring Derin Altay, Chris Bohannon, Jane Brockman, Walter Charles, Rebecca Eichenberger, Osborn Focht, Blythe Gruda, Liz Griffith, Joy Hermlyn, David Hess, Michael James Leslie, T. Doyle Leverett, Rob Lorey, Frank Mastrone, Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, Linda Mugleston, Jan Neuberger, Robert Ousley, Sal Sabella, Greg Stone, Jessica Vosk and Kathy Voytko.

Directed by Lars Rudolfsson and featuring the 50 piece American Theatre Orchestra conducted by Tony Award® winner Paul Gemignani, KRISTINA will be performed in concert for two performances only at Carnegie Hall on September 23 and 24, 2009.  This will mark the first presentation in English with lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer.

Originally titled Kristina från Duvemåla, the musical premiered at the Malmo Music Theatre in Sweden in 1995 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  The musical ran for almost four years, winning four Guldmasken Theatre Awards (Sweden’s Tony!) and was seen by more people than any other musical in Swedish history.

In 1996, a concert version of KRISTINA was performed (in Swedish) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a part of the country where many of the events in the Moberg novels took place.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune called the concert “engaging, emotionally charged and haunting.”

Based on The Emigrants series of novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home), KRISTINA tells the epic story of an extended family’s migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th Century.

Universal Music is proud to promote the concert alongside Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. A cast recording will follow, released through Universal Music’s Decca Records.

Best known as the song-writing partners of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are also the composers of the stage musicals Chess and Mamma Mia!

BIOGRAPHIES

LOUISE PITRE (Ulrika) made her Broadway debut and earned a Tony Award® nomination for her role as “Donna Sheridan” in Mamma Mia! when the hit musical opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2001, where she starred for two years. A Toronto audience favorite, she has starred as “Fantine” in Les Misérables, as the title role in Edith Piaf and in Annie Get Your Gun, Song and Dance, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The World Goes ‘Round; Blood Brothers; Tartuffe; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?; The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd; Applause and Rock ‘n’ Roll. She is the winner of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Critics’ Circle Award and a Bessie Award all for best performance by a leading lady in a musical. She can be seen this fall as the host of CTV’s new series “Star Portraits” beginning September 12 on Bravo!. Other television: Lifetime’s “A Christmas Wedding,” “Recipe for a Perfect Christmas,” CBC’s “MVP,” and as Celine Dion’s mother “Therese” in the CBC biopic “Celine”. Louise is the recipient of honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from her alma mater The University of Western Ontario. She has recorded four studio albums. www.louisepitre.com

KEVIN ODEKIRK (Robert) is thrilled to once again sing the role of “Robert” in Kristina, a part he originated in the NYC workshops. A native of Southern California, Kevin got his start in Hollywood with roles in such television shows as “Unhappily Ever After” and “Clueless,” before moving to New York and making his Broadway debut as “Marius” in the long running hit musical Les Misérables. From Lincoln Center to The Hollywood Bowl and everywhere in between, Kevin has been privileged to perform with some of  the worlds best entertainers including Barbara Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban and many more. Most recently, Kevin joined the amazing Julie Andrews as one of five soloists in her long awaited return to the concert stage in The Gift of Music. Keep an eye out for the release of his debut CD “Unheard Of,” a collection of previously unreleased works by major composers such as Stephen Schwartz, John Bucchino, Eric Whitacre, and more. www.KevinOdekirk.com.

HELEN SJÖHOLM (Kristina) one of Sweden’s most celebrated stage performers, began singing at a young age in a chorus in her hometown of Sundsvall and made her professional debut in 1988 touring with the entertainment troupe “Just for Fun.” For many Swedes, she will always be known for her major breakthrough performance as “Kristina” in Kristina från Duvemåla. The hit musical by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus was seen by over one million Swedes. Helen also played “Hodel” in Fiddler on the Roof and “Fantine” in Les Miserables. She starred in the Swedish production of Chess, as “Polly Peachum” in The Threepenny Opera and is currently playing “Eliza” in My Fair Lady at the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm. Helen has performed solo concerts on radio, television and on stages around the country. She is a lead vocalist in the Benny Andersson Band, whose song “You Are My Man” has topped the Swedish charts for five years.

RUSSELL WATSON (Karl Oskar) Adored by the UK public and widely known as “The Peoples Tenor,” Russell Watson offers a rare glimpse at a remarkable Tenor who has a unique ability of delivering both Classical and Pop Music. 2001: Watson was the first ever British male to simultaneously occupy a No.1 spot in the UK and American classical charts, as well as being the first artist to have a classical album at the No.1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year. Having released 9 albums to date and sold over 6 million records worldwide, he has won four classical BRIT Awards and is recognized as the UK’s biggest selling classical artist of the 21st century. 2001: Sang the opening theme of star trek, enterprise, “where My Heart Will Take Me”, 2006: Watson played Parson Nathaniel in the stage adaptation of Jeff Wayne’s musical Version of The War of the Worlds. He has performed for the President of the United States, the UK Prime minister, the Emperor of Japan and the Pope. He has collaborated with varying artists such as Cliff Richards, Lulu, Lionel Ritchie, Mel C (of Spice Girls fame) and Meatloaf.

Tickets for KRISTINA are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue), via phone at 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

www.KristinaTheMusical.com

KRISTINA in Concert Website Now Live

OFFICIAL WEBSITE NOW LIVE

BENNY ANDERSSON & BJÖRN ULVAEUS’

KRISTINA

A CONCERT EVENT AT CARNEGIE HALL

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM CREATORS OF

ABBA, CHESS & MAMMA MIA!

http://kristinathemusical.com/

The official website for the upcoming Carnegie Hall concerts of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ musical KRISTINA, headlined by original star Helen Sjöholm and internationally renowned tenor Russell Watson, is live now!

Featuring a 50 piece symphony orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani and directed by Lars Rudolfsson, the complete 32 member company of KRISTINA will be announced shortly.

Visit www.kristinathemusical.com to experience exclusive custom content including the following elements, and sign up to receive upcoming KRISTINA news:

– Video of Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Paul Gemignani and Helen Sjöholm in the studio in Sweden.

– Letter from Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus.

– Slideshow of original Swedish production photographs and production history.

– Star and creative team biographies.

– Production reviews.

– Bonus material: Helen Sjöholm singing the newly released Benny Andersson Band single “Story of a Heart.”

KRISTINA, with music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus, will be performed in a concert presentation for two performances only at Carnegie Hall on September 23 and 24, 2009.  This will be the first presentation in English with lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer.

Tickets for KRISTINA are on sale now at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue), via phone at 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

One of Sweden’s national treasures, musical theater star Helen Sjöholm made her breakthrough performance in the original Swedish production of KRISTINA. She is currently starring in My Fair Lady at the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm, and is a lead vocalist in The Benny Andersson Band, whose hit song “You Are My Man” has stayed at the top of the Swedish charts for the past five years.

Platinum selling recording artist Russell Watson, known as “The People’s Tenor” in his native Britain, is one of the biggest classical crossover stars in the world. Watson was the first ever British male to simultaneously occupy a No.1 spot in the UK and American classical charts, as well as the first artist to have a classical album at the No.1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year.

Originally titled Kristina från Duvemåla, the musical premiered at the Malmo Music Theatre in Sweden in 1995 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  The musical ran for almost four years, winning four Guldmasken Theatre Awards (Sweden’s Tony!) and was seen by more people than any other musical in Swedish history.

In 1996, a concert version of KRISTINA was performed (in Swedish) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a part of the country where many of the events in the Moberg novels took place.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune called the concert “engaging, emotionally charged and haunting.”

Based on The Emigrants series of novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home), KRISTINA tells the epic story of an extended family’s migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th Century.

Universal Music is proud to promote the concert alongside Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. A cast recording will follow, released through Universal Music’s Decca Records.

Best known as the song-writing partners of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are also the composers of the stage musicals Chess and Mamma Mia!

KRISTINA CONCERT TO STAR HELEN SJÖHOLM, RUSSELL WATSON

HELEN SJÖHOLM and RUSSELL WATSON

 

TO STAR IN

 

BENNY ANDERSSON & BJÖRN ULVAEUS’

KRISTINA

A CONCERT EVENT AT CARNEGIE HALL

 

Featuring a Symphony Orchestra Conducted by

PAUL GEMIGNANI

 

TICKETS ON SALE THIS SUNDAY, MAY 31

 

 

Helen Sjöholm, who originated the title role in the Swedish production of KRISTINA, and internationally renowned tenor Russell Watson, will headline the concert version of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ musical at Carnegie Hall featuring a 50 piece symphony orchestra conducted by Paul Gemignani. Directed by Lars Rudolfsson, the complete 32 member company will be announced shortly.

 

Tickets for KRISTINA go on sale this Sunday, May 31 at 12:00p at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue), via phone at 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

 

One of Sweden’s national treasures, musical theater star Helen Sjöholm made her breakthrough performance in the original Swedish production of KRISTINA. She is currently starring in My Fair Lady at the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm, and is a lead vocalist in The Benny Andersson Band, whose hit song “You Are My Man” has stayed at the top of the Swedish charts for the past five years.

 

Platinum selling recording artist Russell Watson, known as “The People’s Tenor” in his native Britain, is one of the biggest classical crossover stars in the world. Watson was the first ever British male to simultaneously occupy a No.1 spot in the UK and American classical charts, as well as the first artist to have a classical album at the No.1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year.

 

KRISTINA, with music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus, will be performed in a concert presentation for two performances only at Carnegie Hall on September 23 and 24, 2009.  This will be the first presentation in English with lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer.

 

Originally titled Kristina från Duvemåla, the musical premiered at the Malmo Music Theatre in Sweden in 1995 to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.  The musical ran for almost four years, winning four Guldmasken Theatre Awards (Sweden’s Tony!) and was seen by more people than any other musical in Swedish history.

 

In 1996, a concert version of KRISTINA was performed (in Swedish) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a part of the country where many of the events in the Moberg novels took place.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune called the concert “engaging, emotionally charged and haunting.”

 

Based on The Emigrants series of novels by Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg (The Emigrants, Unto a Good Land, The Settlers, and The Last Letter Home), KRISTINA tells the epic story of an extended family’s migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th Century.

 

Universal Music is proud to promote the concert alongside Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. A cast recording will follow, released through Universal Music’s Decca Records.

 

Best known as the song-writing partners of ABBA, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are also the composers of the stage musicals Chess and Mamma Mia!

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

HELEN SJÖHOLM, one of Sweden’s most beloved performers, began singing at a young age in a chorus in her hometown of Sundsvall and made her professional debut in 1988 touring with the entertainment troupe “Just for Fun.” For many Swedes, she will always be known for her major breakthrough performance as “Kristina” in Kristina från Duvemåla. The hit musical by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus was seen by over one million Swedes. Helen also played “Hodel” in Fiddler on the Roof and “Fantine” in Les Miserables. She starred in the Swedish production of Chess, as “Polly Peachum” in The Threepenny Opera and is currently playing “Eliza” in My Fair Lady at the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm. Helen has performed solo concerts on radio, television and on stages around the country. She is a lead vocalist in the Benny Andersson Band, whose song “You Are My Man” has topped the Swedish charts for five years.

 

RUSSELL WATSON. Adored by the UK public and widely known as “The Peoples Tenor,” Russell Watson offers a rare glimpse at a remarkable Tenor who has a unique ability of delivering both Classical and Pop Music. 2001: Watson was the first ever British male to simultaneously occupy a No.1 spot in the UK and American classical charts, as well as being the first artist to have a classical album at the No.1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year. Having released 9 albums to date and sold over 6 million records worldwide, he has won four classical BRIT Awards and is recognized as the UK’s biggest selling classical artist of the 21st century. 2001: Sang the opening theme of star trek, enterprise, “where My Heart Will Take Me”, 2006: Watson played Parson Nathaniel in the stage adaptation of Jeff Wayne’s musical Version of The War of the Worlds. He has performed for the President of the United States, the UK Prime minister, the Emperor of Japan and the Pope. He has collaborated with varying artists such as Cliff Richards, Lulu, Lionel Ritchie, Mel C (of Spice Girls fame) and Meatloaf.

 

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