30 Apr, 2014

RENT 


Posted at 17:53 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE


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).





12 Apr, 2014

Parineeta 


Posted at 16:32 under MOVIES, BOLLYWOOD




Parineeta is originally a novella from 1914 written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, a writer said to have been meant to be nominated to the Nobel Literature Prize in 1938, but inconveniently died before it happened.

Just like the more famous novel Devdas, Parineeta has been filmed several times, most recently in 2005, and that movie is what this post is about. Parineeta (meaning 'The married woman') is a story of a love separated by class, caste and religion.

This movie is fantastic!

Poor orphan Lalita (beautifully played by Vidya Balan) grows up with her uncle's family and develops a fascination (forbidden love) for the rich neighbor's son Shekhar (Saif Ali Khan in one of his best roles ever). Starting with the wedding celebrations for Shekhar and another woman, the movie is then told in a flashback, which at times gets a bit confusing, so I will make sure to read the novel, as the movie apparently differs in several ways.

However, as a movie it works perfectly fine. Pradeep Sarkar (director, screenplay) and Vidhu Vinod Chopra (producer, screenplay) have done a great job, it's masterfully filmed and edited, with great music by Shantanu Moitra.

Read this review from Variety to learn more:
http://variety.com/2006/film/reviews/pa ... 200518683/


Here is the trailer, unfortunately without subtitles:




Watch this movie!!!





30 Mar, 2014

RENT extended to April 


Posted at 23:26 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE


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...

Shows left:

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/473525802769750/





27 Mar, 2014

Graffiti + Skandiateatern = RENT 


Posted at 12:40 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, THEATRE, ART


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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/473525802769750

I am a very very proud Music Director.

This will be an evening you will NEVER FORGET.




20 Mar, 2014

Online article about RENT 


Posted at 00:37 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):
http://www.kultursidan.nu/?p=13958

And auto-translated to English:
http://translate.google.com/translate?s ... Fp%3D13958





15 Mar, 2014

My new favorite movie 


Posted at 20:42 under MUSICAL, THEATRE, MOVIES, BOLLYWOOD


I have just watched Aaja Nachle (Come, Let's Dance).

Twice.

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 13:55 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!!!

Dates:
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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/473525802769750/

Book by email to: RENTNKPG /at/ live.se
or SMS to: 0701-910808

Skandiateatern
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.

Peace!





09 Mar, 2014

RENT will premiere on March 2nd 


Posted at 15:33 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 


Posted at 14:05 under MUSIC, MUSICAL, MOVIES, BOLLYWOOD


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 17:43 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):

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

KULTURSIDAN.NU:
http://www.kultursidan.nu/?p=14189


Book your tickets NOW. You can't miss this!
https://www.facebook.com/events/473525802769750/






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