Musical by ABBA duo get September bow
“Kristina,” the musical by ABBA’s “Mamma Mia!” duo Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, gets its first English-language presentation in a Carnegie Hall concert in September.
In its original Swedish-language incarnation, the show, based on a series of novels by Swede scribe Vilhelm Moberg, preemed in Malmo in 1995 and went on to a four-year run. A Stateside concert version, also in Swedish, played Minneapolis (where parts of the story take place) in 1996.
Plot follows an extended family’s immigration from Sweden to the U.S. in the 1800s.
Tuner from the composers of “Mamma Mia!” and “Chess” has long seemed like a natural candidate for a Rialto run. Carnegie Hall concert may prove a step toward that, with Universal Music promoting the concert and releasing a cast recording from the event.
“Kristina” — with music by Andersson, original lyrics by Ulvaeus and English lyrics by Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer — plays Carnegie Hall Sept. 23-24.