If you wanna be free of emperors and kings!
Leave the kings and emperors behind you
Don’t let’em tie you down and clip your wings
Don’t let’em shackle and bind you
That’s how Karl Oskar and his younger brother Robert saw America. Kristina, Karl Oskar’s wife, was more hesitant and inclined to look back:
Voices whisper behind me
They remind me
Of another existence
Far in the distance
It comes in sight
Now I see them clear
My folks at the crossroads waving
Losing their child forever
I see them cry
It’s as if they’re here
My people of time gone by
They come to me when night is falling
Twilight images calling
They crossed an ocean and so will we, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with the musical about these immigrants from Sweden, who are so famous in the country they left. Made immortal by Vilhelm Moberg, on whose novels the musical, "Kristina", is based.
Writing it back in the beginning of the nineties, we always saw it as an American story just as much as a Swedish one. And it was always our dream to be able to introduce "Kristina" to an American audience.
Now, at last, the time has come. In musical and lyrical form, in two concerts at Carnegie Hall, we will proudly present our musical on the 23rd and the 24th of September.
We are very fortunate to have the original Kristina, Helen Sjöholm, with us and the English tenor Russell Watson will sing Karl Oskar. They will be backed by the American Theatre Orchestra and choir, conducted by Paul Gemignani.
Swedish ancestry or not, we look forward to seeing you there!
Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus