08 Sep, 2016
This Sunday I am going to do my first and probably last performance on a small West End theatre stage.
We're doing a fundraiser for the BML (BOOK Music and Lyrics) workshop that I'm attending.
I will perform in two songs:
Deep Blue Sea
Music by J.C. Schütz, Lyrics by Rachel Dawick
Vocals - RACHEL DAWICK
Piano - J.C. SCHÜTZ
All the Things I Am
Music by J.C. Schütz, Lyrics by Neil Bastian
Vocals - J.C. SCHÜTZ
Piano - WILLIAM GODFREE
A selection of original songs written by the first-year Composer-Lyricist group, with special guests Darren Clark, Joseph Finlay and Richard Hughes.
Organised by Nikki Racklin, Hannah Elsy and Mike Stocks
Introduced by BML Founder David James
Compered by Adey Grummet
Sunday 11th September 2016, 5.30pm
Upstairs at The Arts Theatre
Great Newport Street, London WC2
AM SO looking forward to this!
Tickets are here:
29 Sep, 2015
My Japan-themed musical Peach has been selected for a pitching slot for next years BEAM:2016 showcase of new musical theatre writing.
So I am looking for a librettist to help me reform and rewrite the libretto and the dialogues. It's preferable with someone with insight and understanding of Japanese/East Asian culture as I'm very very eager to avoid Asian sterotypes.
Peach is a 'modern-day Cinderella' set mostly in Japan to the backdrop of the financial crisis.
I write music and lyrics. I've written loads of songs for this show, 2 hours to be exact but I understand the lyrics needs to be rewritten as we rewrite the book, and it definitely needs new songs, more natural ensemble numbers, etc, as 20 of the songs I've already written need to be cut.
However, I really believe in this musical, and so did the jury selecting it to be one of the shows to have a 10-minute pitch slot on 4 November at Park Theatre, London.
Here is a demo reel, with old lyrics:
Please get in touch with me here:
or send a message here:
*'Peach' is a working-title.
22 Sep, 2015
I am looking for a Playwright/Librettist to collaborate with on a musical (that is in some way) about South Asian "honour" violence and/or women's rights/equality.
Preferably someone with insight in, for example, Indian/Pakistani culture and traditions, as I intend to compose music with that flavour.
Bollywood-inspired, but has to be unpredictable.
Is that you?
Please get in touch with me here:
or send a message here:
30 Apr, 2014
The experience of working with Jonathan Larson's RENT (as a Music director, Conductor and Piano player) has really been a journey for me. We spent five months together with Angel, Mimi, Maureen, Joanne, Mark, Roger, Collins and Benny and the ensemble, and it's been among the best five months of my life.
I gave two newspaper interviews about RENT towards the end of the run.
One for Corren which you can read here in Swedish, and here in Google's auto-translated English.
The other was for Lokaltidningen, which you can read here in Swedish or with Bing's help in auto-translated English, as google translation messes up the layout on this website. Each of the three times my full name is included, it's translated differently: "John Paul" (!), "Johan David" and "Johan Martin".....
Ain't that pretty inexplicable!? (^.^)
And in Swedish, the word Rent can mean "Clean" or "Pure", so there are some mistranslations of the title itself (^.^)
I'm currently doing research and planning for a couple of new ideas for musicals that I have, and will soon start writing. I haven't written music for months now and I'm eager to get started...
Here is a photo of the RENT ensemble, including me (in the top left corner with two of the other musicians, and the director Johan is in the bottom right corner.
Photo by Kent Renåker. Click to enlarge.
Ensemble in no particular order:
Elin Gårdfalk (Maureen)
Daniel Ivarson (Mark)
Olle Petersson (Roger)
Felicia Utter (Mimi)
Emil Sandung (Angel)
Wictor Utter (Collins)
Otto Plesner (Collins)
Lisa Forsman (Joanne)
Johan Ivarson (Benny)
Eva Moberg (Mrs Cohen/ensemble)
Lotta Bäck (Mrs Jefferson/Rogers mom, ensemble)
Mons Gregemark (Mr Jefferson/ensemble)
Peter Kalmström (Pastor/ensemble)
Valeria Valdes (Alexi Darling/ensemble)
Kajsa Nilsson (Coat vendor/ensemble)
Tim Petterson (Dealer/ensemble)
Alexander Sjösten (Steve/ensemble)
Daniel Eklund (Paul/ensemble)
Jennifer Catalan (dancer/ensemble)
Tiffany Carlsson (dancer/ensemble)
Rebecca Asp (dancer/ensemble)
Marina Kosireva (dancer/ensemble)
Lisa Åkermark (dancer/ensemble)
Frida Törnell-Andersson (ensemble)
Hanna Nilsson (ensemble)
Erik Moberg (ensemble)
Also in the back of the photo: me, Eric Nilsson (drums), Sonny Kjellberg (bass), and in the front, director Johan Pettersson.
Missing in the photo: Linnéa Källström (Mimi), plus Amanda Engvall, Vilja Gårdfalk, Bella Sandqvist, Viktoria Pernes (ensemble), and Michael Karlsson (electric guitar) and John-Luis Herrera Adaros (electric guitar/percussion).
30 Mar, 2014
The success continues...
Our production of RENT is extended again, with 5 new performances in April!
However, Daniel Ivarson will play the role of Mark for the last time tomorrow, March 31.
From April 6, MARK will be played by Wictor Utter, who previously has been alternating as Tom Collins.
Daniel Ivarson on the table...
31/3 (mon) 19:00 (Few tickets left)
6/4 (sun) 19:00
7/4 (mon) 19:00
9/4 (wed) 19:00
13/4 (sun) 19:00
14/4 (mon) 19:00
27 Mar, 2014
This is what the facade of Skandiateatern in Norrköping now looks like, for our production of RENT.
Welcome to Alphabet City, New York. Photo: Hampus Fredriksson.
The graffiti artists have painted the inside of the theater as well, and we have rebuilt the stage to resemble a NY crossing with buildings. We have made RENT more realistic, so our version is grittier and even more touching than the original.
The opening night is sold out. For other performing nights, please book your tickets now:
I am a very very proud Music Director.
This will be an evening you will NEVER FORGET.
20 Mar, 2014
KULTURSIDAN.NU, the Norrköping culture news site, visited one of our rehearsals last week and just published this article. The stage will soon be finished, but it still looks very unfinished in their photos. We're getting closer to New York...
Here's the original article (Swedish):
And auto-translated to English:
http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... Fp%3D13958
15 Mar, 2014
I have just watched Aaja Nachle (Come, Let's Dance).
This is the best musical movie I have ever seen! The choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant is amazing, the music by Salim-Suleiman is fantastic, everything is just outstanding.... Bollywood at its very best, heavily influenced by theater and musicals.
Directed by Anil Mehta, story by Aditya Chopra and Jaideep Sahni, and featuring Madhuri Dixit, Konkona Sen and Kunal Kapoor in the leading roles, this is a movie that touched me deeply on all levels.
The music is seamlessly flowing in and out of the story, and several scenes/numbers are incredible, mostly so the 20-minute final number where you get to see the 'musical' show telling the story of Leila and Majnu, the performance the whole movie is centered around. It's one of the best scenes I've ever seen in a musical movie.
The story tells of Dia (Dixit), an Indian dancer and choreographer in New York who goes back to her home town as her old dance master is dying. She stays there to fulfil his wish to save the local temple area Ajanta where they have been putting on theater and musical performances for ages. Local businessmen now want to build a shopping mall in its place, and to save Ajanta Dia has to put on a show using only local singers, dancers and actors. And she only has 2 months to do it. Thing is, the whole town resents her for having left with an American photographer 11 years earlier.
Here is the title song Aaja Nachle:
And the love duet Ishq Hua, with Konkona Sen and Kunal Kapoor:
Finally, the trailer:
If you love musicals and movies, you will love this!
10 Mar, 2014
Due to ticket demand, we have extended the running period of RENT with 6 new performances!
The audience and critics love it and everyone seem to agree that we have created an unforgettably awesome production.
Don't miss this!!!
10/3 (mon) SOLD-OUT
12/3 (wed) 19:00
Few tickets left SOLD-OUT
16/3 (sun) SOLD-OUT
23/3 (sun) 19:00
24/3 (mon) 19:00
26/3 (wed) 19:00
30/3 (sun) 15:00 and 19:00
31/3 (mon) 19:00
Doors open at 18:00. All tickets 200 kr.
Start 19:00, finishing around 21:45.
Book by email to: RENTNKPG /at/ live.se
or SMS to: 0701-910808
Drottninggatan 31, Norrköping
(An easy 10-minute walk from the station.)
Thank you Jonathan Larson. Thank you Robin Karlsson (Arbis Nytta och Nöje) and Johan Pettersson for entrusting me with the musical direction and updating the music arrangements in this grittier and more realistic version of RENT.
09 Mar, 2014
Finally... The opening performance of RENT will be March 2nd!
Last Wednesday we invited the producer Robin Karlsson (he is also a scenography, costume and make-up designer) and several people from the production team - costume assistants, sound engineer, light engineer, etc., for a complete run-through of Act 1 and 2. Again, several of the actors were themselves moved to tears during the performance...
We will hopefully be able to finish building the stage at the end of next week, so we at least will have 1 week of rehearsals as it is supposed to be. Until now, we are missing several vital parts of the stage (staircase, balcony, etc.) which makes us have to imagine how the final staging will look.
Here are some photos I took during one of the rehearsals. Please note there is still no props, costumes, lighting, etc.
Roger and Mimi (Olle Petersson and Linnea Källström).
At Life Cafe - La Vie Boheme.
The Support Group for people with HIV/AIDS.
I honestly hope and seriously believe that Jonathan Larson, the writer and composer of RENT, will be proud of our production as he watches it from his heaven.