Musical with Per Gessle’s songs

Teater Halland got green light from Per Gessle to use his music in their upcoming musical “Halland Love Stories”. The approximately 2-hour-long (plus break) musical’s premiere is set to 2nd March 2018 on the Main Stage of Teater Halland in Varberg and then they will tour with it in other theaters of Halland and neighbouring regions in Sweden. There will be 4 actors in the musical.

The theater plans to ask the audience, those living in Halland to tell them their own love stories and from this collection, to Mr. G’s songs they will create a musical which will be a celebration of love.

According to the theater’s director, Anna Sjövall, Per thought it sounded like a very funny and nice idea. The musical will consist of Per’s Swedish songs and it will be a bit like Mamma Mia!

 

SVT talked to Per about the project and he said many of his songs are somehow rooted in Halmstad and the west coast so it felt nice that the theater thought of him. To the question which of his solo songs Per could relate spontaneously to the theme “Halland Love Stories” he replied:

“På promenad genom stan” or “För bra för att vara sant” are very much home for me. There are several songs on my new album (out in April), which also belong to Halmstad. Small town genes never disappear.

Per says he quite often receives international inquiries on various musical projects and ideas. It will certainly happen “down the road” when everything feels right. To the question if he has ever thought about writing a musical Mr. G replied:

No, but I’m still young.

SVT asked Per what songs he listened to more than once this year so far. Per says Linnea Henriksson’s new song “Säga mig” is very good. Bon Iver’s latest album is wonderfully weird. Mr. G says that after his trip to Nashville he ended up in an old-fashioned country-coma. Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson and such. Adorable. Alex Shields’ “New York City Ways” has been hot in the kitchen since Christmas, but he is biased there, as he was involved in writing it.

 

Is it time for a Roxette musical?

Hallandsposten (Jan-Owe Wikström) did an interview with Per in relation to the Roxette concert in Halmstad tomorrow. It’s going to be the 6th time they play in Halmstad. After 1988, 1989, 1991, 1994 and 2010 tomorrow it’s time for them to play again in the band’s hometown. It will be their first time at Örjans vall though.

According to the interview, the tour will continue in 2016, however, nothing is planned after the September concert (company gig) in Warsaw. Per says since they turn 30 next year, the tour should last until then and they haven’t played South Africa, Asia, North America and South America yet on this tour. At the same time it is Marie’s health they are depending on, how much she can do.

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Screenshot is from the making of video of The Look 2015 remake

Regarding the tour Per mentions it’s quite typical nowadays that as no artist can earn money on album sales, they go on tour. When Roxette played in Madrid, there were posters from Katy Perry via Mark Knopfler till the Foo Fighters. Since there is this big competition, he says it’s fantastic that they still have sold out shows and can sell 8000-18000 tickets per concert. In Halmstad there will be approximately 15000 people in the audience. The plan for the 5 concerts in Sweden was to sell 50000 tickets altogether and it seems it will work.

Per tells Jan-Owe the tour is one of the reasons why the new album is delayed. The other reason is the EMI – Warner merger. There are too many new people and Per wants to work with people he likes and who respect their history and the new songs. 5 songs off the new album are ready and as Per says, it is 65-70% of the total album. This would mean the album has 8 songs? Hm.

With Addeboy vs. Cliff, who mixed the 2015 remake of The Look, Per wrote some songs together. He says to Hallandsposten that it’s hard to find people who are talented in what he is not too good at, ie. programming.

There are still unknown collaborations on the new album, but Per told Hallandsposten he and Mats MP Persson wrote some songs together now for the first time since long and they might turn up on the new album. Mr. G says he would never be able to write “Fading Like A Flower” today, simply because he has moved on as a songwriter.

Regarding the changes in music consumption Per says nowadays it’s less important to people who wrote the songs or who plays the drums. Today’s pop music reflects the society today, so most of it is made on laptops where everything can be fixed in the end.

This time he says again that social media is a unique way to get close to the fans.

Jan-Owe Wikström asked Per what is left to do after that he has done almost everything with Roxette, Gyllene Tider, his solo projects and soundtrack. Maybe a musical? Per can imagine that there could be a musical built on Roxette’s, Gyllene Tider’s hits or his solo songs just like ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” and the Queen musical, but only if the right way is found. Something new. Maybe with Jonas Åkerlund as a director.

From the Hallandsposten interview it turns out that Per is still writing his diaries after each show, so it’s not only the Facebook posts he writes about them. And they film a lot. Probably, a lot more than what we get to see after each gig on Facebook.

Argentinian musical includes Roxette songs in Spanish

“Eh… No se cómo decirlo” (Eh … I do not know how to say) is a musical based on the Nirvana and Roxette’s songs. This play is being run at the Tabarís theatre in Buenos Aires and now is about to tour the country and Uruguay. The newspapers La Nacion, Pagina 12, La Razon and Perfl wrote pretty good and favorable reviews in the last few days.

The cast of this work consists of Agustina “Sekou” Falliace, Diego Koran and Leo Bosio who supported the project. The plot is about three friends – Luis, Mariana and Martin. Mariana and Luis are getting married. Martin and Mariana are going to meet for the first time. The three of them have something in common, but they do not know how to say it. “Eh … I do not know how to say” is the story of three people who take decisions with the powerful influence of music: Roxette’s melodic pop and Nirvana’s rock. Is life like in their songs?

The idea of “Eh … I do not know how to say” came from the actor, director and playwriter Leo Bosio and his research about lyrics and music dichotomy. “We closed the play at the Tabarís theatre and we wanted to go national. We arranged a tour and went to Cordoba, now in Rosario, soon in Montevideo, Mendoza and Buenos Aires” said Leo Bosio to Viarosario.com.

Thanks to Arnaldo Mariano Suarez for sending this though.

A Swedish musical to include Marie and Per’s songs

According to Dagens Nyheter article a new Swedish musical is under production at the moment. Malena Laszlo, Christine Meltzer, Lisa Werlinder, Jessica Zander and Linus Wahlgren are the actors who will revive the Swedish 80’s hits in the musical “Leva livet” named after Gyllene Tider’s song. The premiere of this musical will take place on January 13th, 2011 in Chinateatern in Stockholm.

Tickets for the show can bought here.

Here is the list of chosen songs:

Gyllene Tider: Sommartider, När vi två blir en, Leva livet
Björn Skifs: Krama dig, Vild & vacker
Orup: Jag blir hellre jagad av vargar, Pojkarna på rad
Eva Dahlgren: Jag klär av mig naken, Ängeln i rummet
Ratata/Mauro Scocco: Glad att det är över, Sarah
Marie Fredriksson: Efter stormen, Sparvöga
Tomas Di Leva: Vem ska jag tro på, Vi har bara varandra
Anders Glenmarck: Hon har blommor i sitt hår
Niklas Strömstedt: Sista morgonen
Wilmer X: Teknikens under
Lisa Nilsson: Himlen runt hörnet, Långsamt farväl, Varje gång jag ser dig
Eldkvarn: Kärlekens tunga
Mikael Rickfors: Vingar
Attack: Ooa hela natten
Tommy Nilsson/Tone Norum: Allt som jag känner
Adolfsson & Falk: Blinkar blå
Docenterna: Solglasögon
Anne-Lie Rydé: Segla på ett moln
Ted Gärdestad: Himlen är oskyldigt blå
Peps Persson: Hög Standard
Freestyle: Vill ha dig

Swedish musical about the 80ies to feature Gyllene Tider songs

According to an article on BLT, Philip Zandén is going to direct the musical “Älska mig i natt”, which is going to follow the concept of Mamma mia! but with Swedish hits from the 80ies.

The show is to feature about 30 songs of artists such as Orup, Gyllene Tider, Eva Dahlgren or Lisa Nilsson.

The premiere should be in the beginning of January 2011 at Chinateatern in Stockholm.