Meet the Cast
Shear Madness (Davenport Theatre), National Pastime (Playwright’s Horizons)
Baskerville, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage), Outside Mulligar, Steve Martin’s the Underpants, Spamalot (Florida Studio Theatre), Grease (Fulton Theatre and Mill Mountain), Boeing, Boeing (Seven Angels Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Cape Fear Regional), Rabbit Hole (Human Race), The Crucible, Comedy of Errors (North Carolina Shakespeare), Three Days of Rain (Oldcastle Theatre), Around the World in 80 Days (Theatresquared), Hello, Dolly (Westchester Broadway Theatre)
My Affair… (Lifetime Movie Network), All My Children, Law & Order: SVU.
Shrek World Tour, Annie, Disney Cruise Line
Spelling Bee, Wedding Singer, Charlie Brown
The Most Happy Fella, The Golden Apple (New York City Center’s Ecores!), Show Boat (Live from Lincoln Center)
Beauty and the Beast (Fulton Theatre), The Little Mermaid (North Carolina Theatre), Peter Pan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Les Misérables (Sharon Playhouse)
Chess (Michigan State University)
Manon, The Merry Widdow (LA Opera),
Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
The Sound of Music
Les Misérables, The Little Mermaid, Xanadu
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Producers, Guys and Dolls (SLOC)
All Shook Up, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 42nd Street
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Footloose, Damn Yankees
Phantom of the Opera, Anything Goes
High School Musical, Anything Goes, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
A Christmas Story (Capital Repertory Theatre), Man of La Mancha, 1776, The 39 Steps, Spamalot, Around the World in 80 Days, Little Women, Urinetown, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me Kate, Fantasticks
Law & Order, One Life to Live, All My Children
Pardon My English (Musicals Tonight), Hairspray (Park Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (SLOC)
Allegro (Classic Stage Company)
Fancy—A New Musical, The SpongeBob Musical
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
A Christmas Story, The Musical (Capital Repertory Theatre), Judge Jackie Justice, Annie, The Sound of Music, Ruthless! The Musical (Pittsburgh CLO), Hello Dolly!, Funny Girl (Riverside Theatre), Grease (The Gateway Theatre), The Music Man (KCStarlight), The Boys from Syracuse (Surflight Theatre)
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Suessical: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical (Capital Repertory Theatre), It Shoulda Been You (Actor’s Playhouse), Anything Goes, White Christmas (Ocean State Theatre), Showboat (Fiddlehead Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage)
Sister Act, All Shook Up
Shipwrecked (The Oldcastle Theater), Aida, Smokey Joe’s Café, Beehive, Merrily We Roll Along
Actor Therapy In Concert (54 Below)
The Pajama Game (Park Playhouse), Beauty and the Beast (Colonie’s Line & Cue), Shrek (Debuts Theater Co.)
Born 16 December 1946 in Stockholm. 1952: Received accordion lessons from his father and grandfather.1964-68: Member of the Hep Stars, Sweden’s most popular rock band in the 1960’s. During this time, he began composing music. “Sunny Girl” and “Wedding” were huge hits for the Hep Stars. 1972-82: ABBA. 1982-84: Composed the music (together with Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice) for the musical, Chess. 1987: Began collaborating with Orsa Spelmän. Recorded three albums deeply rooted in Swedish folk music: Klinga Mina Klockor, November 1989 and Fiolen Min. In 2001, this collaboration led to the formation of Benny Andersson’s Orchestra, a 16-man constellation with vocalists, Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg. Thus far, this has resulted in five CD albums and several summer tours. 1990-95: Composed the music to Kristina from Duvemåla.
Premiered in October 1995. 1995: Received the title of professor from the Swedish government. Inducted to in the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2007. Appointed Honorary Doctor of the College of Humanities at Stockholm University in 2008, and at Luleå University of Technology in 2012. Benny Andersson is married to former TV producer, Mona Nörklit. They have one child, Ludvig Andersson. Benny Andersson also has two children from a previous marriage, Peter Grönvall and Helene Odedal. He has five grandchildren: Charlie, Felix, Fabian, Malin and Viola.
Anderson achieved fame as the manager of Abba, the Swedish pop group who dominated the charts throughout the 70s. Anderson originally worked as a primary school teacher, but also performed with the wonderfully named Stig Anderson And His Mashed Creampuffs in a brief attempt at pop stardom. His real talent lay in songwriting, however, and it was with comic hits such as ‘The Girls Who Know Are Found In The Country’ and ‘Rockin’ Billy’ (a hit in Scandinavia and Holland for Lill-Babs) that Anderson made his name. As well as setting up the Sweden Music company to publish his songs, he formed Polar Music with studio engineer Bengt Bernhag, and achieved early success with the Hootenanny Singers, a Swedish folk group featuring Björn Ulvaeus. When Ulvaeus subsequently befriended Benny Andersson of the Hep Stars, it was Stig Anderson who first persuaded the duo to write together, before inviting them both to be partners in Polar Music following Bernhag’s suicide. Determined that Abba should win the Eurovision Song Contest, Anderson suggested the title ‘Waterloo’ for one of their songs. The group duly won the 1974 contest, and from that point onwards became a bigger and bigger phenomenon, with Anderson retaining a tight control on what would eventually prove to be Sweden’s second most profitable company (after car manufacturer Volvo). He also continued to provide lyrics for the Andersson/Ulvaeus songwriting partnership. By the early 80s, however, Anderson’s attempts to reduce the group’s tax burden had led to some questionable business ventures, including dealing in oil, and prompted a tax investigation that almost put Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog in jail. As a result, they sued Anderson for unpaid royalties and ended their hugely successful business partnership with him. Anderson went on to sell Polar Music to PolyGram Records in 1989, at the height of the Abba nostalgia revival. The same year, he also set up the Polar Music prize through the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, awarded to one pop and one classical musician every year. One of his final collaborations before his death was with producer Tony Calder and Andrew Loog Oldham on Abba: The Name Of The Game, an entertaining look behind the scenes of the Abba phenomenon.
Theatre: Rag Doll, Renegades, Suspension (Bristol Old Vic); Too Much Too Young (Bristol Old Vic and London Bubble); Boys Mean Business, Dead Sheep, Little Baby Nothing (Bush Theatre, London); Shang-a-Lang (Bush Theatre and national tour); and Mamma Mia! (worldwide); Through the Wire and A Letter to Lacey for NT Connections. Creative consultant on ABBA the Museum,
Stockholm. Television: “Casualty,” “Byker Grove,” “Love Hurts,” “Gold,” “Linda Green.” Original screenplays: “Rag Doll” and “Where’s Willy?” (HTV) and “Sin Bin” (BBC), the series “Love in the 21st Century” (Channel 4) and “Dappers” (BBC3). Awards: Catherine has won the Bristol Old Vic/HTV Playwrighting Award, Thames Television’s Writer-in-Residence Award and Thames Television’s Best Play Award and was nominated in 2002 for a Tony Award for Best Musical Book for Mamma Mia! Film: Catherine wrote the screenplay for the Mamma Mia! movie released July 2008.
Bjorn Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg on April 25, 1945. When he was six years old the family moved to the small town of Västervik, and this is where Björn grew up. In the mid-Fifties Björn fell in love with rock’n’roll and skiffle. By the early Sixties he was a member of a folk group called the West Bay Singers. In 1963 they entered a talent contest arranged by Swedish radio. This led to discovery by songwriter and publisher Stig Anderson and his partner, Bengt Bernhag. Stig and Bengt had recently started a record company called Polar Music. The band acquired a new name, the Hootenanny Singers, and quickly became one of Sweden’s most popular groups of the Sixties. In 1966, Björn had a chance meeting with Benny Andersson, himself a member of Swedens number one pop group, The Hep Stars. They hit it off and wrote their first song together, ‘Isn’t It Easy To Say’. Björn recorded a couple of solo singles in the late Sixties, at which point he also started concentrating more on his collaboration with Benny Andersson. In 1970 the pair started releasing records as a duo and also staged a cabaret show together with their fiancées, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. On July 6, 1971, Björn and Agnetha got married. From 1972 and a decade onwards Björn was occupied by his work with ABBA. In 1983 Björn and Benny started writing the musical Chess with lyricist Tim Rice. A concept album was released in the autumn of 1984, and in May 1986 the musical opened in London’s West End. In 1988 Chess received its Broadway première. A reworked version of the musical opened in Stockholm, Sweden in 2002. By 1990, Björn and Benny had decided to write a new musical. This time they wanted to write exclusively in Swedish, and they chose the Emigrants novel series by author Vilhelm Moberg as basis for their work. The musical Kristina från Duvemåla (Kristina From Duvemåla) opened in October 1995. The show ran for three and a half years at various theatres in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm. Björn and Benny’s most recent musical is Hjälp sökes (Help Wanted), a collaboration with playwright Kristina Lugn and Kristina director Lars Rudolfsson. Björn writes many of the lyrics for the Benny Andersson Orchestra, and has involved himself in the stagings of Mamma Mia!, as well as the 2008 movie version.
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