19 Mar, 2014

Online article about RENT 

Posted at 23:37 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, ART

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

My new favorite movie 


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

RENT is extended! 

Posted at 12:55 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE

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

RENT will premiere on March 2nd 

Posted at 14:33 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE

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.

08 Mar, 2014

I see my God in you 


Rewatched another Bollywood movie last night, RAB NE BANA DI JODI (meaning A Match made by God) from 2008, starring Shah Rukh Kahn and Anushka Sharma. It's one of my favorite movies of all time.

Seemingly to 'only' be about an unhappy young wife wanting to join a dancing competition, this story develops into an surprisingly powerful and emotional journey of a love greater than life itself.

Written & directed by genius Aditya Chopra and with stunning music by brothers Salim-Sulaiman, this is as good as it gets! Here is the theme song Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai (I see my God in you), taken from the movie. At 4:41 comes the slow version with female vocals which is even more beautiful.

Enjoy, and Watch this movie!!!

Here is a trailer as well:


04 Mar, 2014

Rave reviews for RENT 

Posted at 16:43 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, ART, THEATRE

We are getting rave reviews for RENT!!!

Note the beautiful set we have built after demolishing the stage of Skandiateatern. Me and the other four guys in the orchestra are sitting inside the building to the right.

Photos by our lighting designer Hampus Fredriksson
(facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hampusljusnorden.fredriksson)

Here are two more reviews (in Swedish):

http://www.folkbladet.se/kultur/default ... id=6780981


Book your tickets NOW. You can't miss this!

03 Mar, 2014

4 out of 5 in NT 

Posted at 12:45 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE

NT, Norrköpings Tidningar, published a review today of our opening performance last night, and gave it 4 out of 5 trams (the tram is the symbol of Norrköping where we are staging it).

From the Swedish review (translated into English):

"Director Johan Pettersson, backed by Musical director Johan Christher Schütz, are the creatives behind this brilliant production where duets develop into crackling ensemble numbers."

The reviewer Ann-Charlotte Sandelin was happy and moved.

Thank you NT!

Original Swedish review:

Auto-translated into English:
http://translate.google.com/translate?h ... InMbtSSbDw

15 Feb, 2014


Posted at 13:28 under MUSIC, MOVIES, BOLLYWOOD

I admit it. I have been Bollywood smitten. There is something extraordinary about these kind of movies, where suddenly the actors burst out in song, staged and filmed like a music video. And there is something very appealing in the colors and the choreography of these movies.

Here is the song Titli from the movie Chennai Express (2013), sung in the Tamil language, with actors Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan.

They used a shorter mix in the movie, so this video is not how it appears in the movie. I like this longer version though, so decided to put it here.


I have even added a new Category here on the blog: BOLLYWOOD!!!

17 Jan, 2014

RENT progress 

Posted at 14:46 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, MOVIES

Our production of RENT is doing progress, yesterday we did the whole Act 2 again, and I tell you it's difficult not to cry. The ever-growing emotion of the singers is touching to witness, especially in Act 2 with everything that goes on.

Here is "Goodbye Love" from Act 2, from the 2005 movie:

We plan to start giving preview shows at Skandiateatern in mid-February. I am proud and happy to be the music director of this show.

31 Dec, 2013

Happy New Year!!! 

Posted at 17:20 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, ART

Today, NT (Norrköpings Tidningar) posted an article about our work with RENT:

Click to enlarge.
Cast features Linnéa Källström, Felicia Utter, Olle Petersson, Daniel Ivarson, Emil Sandung, Wictor Utter, Johan Ivarson, Lisa Forsman (and Elin Gårdfalk and Otto Pleisner, both missing during the photo shoot).

My hope for 2014 is that it will be as creative and full of action as 2013. I released a new album and did a small Japan release tour, at the same time as we were rehearsing my first musical TIVOLISAGA in Norrköping, Sweden, at Arbisteatern. Following the success of Tivolisaga, we initiated a new Swedish production of RENT, the successful American musical from 1996, and for which we are currently in the middle of rehearsals at Skandiateatern, also in Norrköping.

Being able to work with musicals this past year is one of the most wonderful things I have ever done in music. I have always loved theatre, and I have always loved music, and the chance to put the two together is just really amazing. Working with actors and live music is to me a way of bringing art to life, getting a possibility to touch and move the audience. I am myself sometimes moved to tears while working with RENT, just as I was when we were working with Tivolisaga.

I am truly thankful for every thing and every person who has entered my life in 2013.

May 2014 be a beautiful year for you and your family and loved ones, with health and happiness.

Happy new year!!!

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