The wait is nearly over…the Swedish musical by Kristina Lugn, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Lars Rudolfsson called Hjälp sökes (‘Help Wanted’ in English) is due for release on CD in September. Some sources say 4 September and some say mid-September.
Hjälp sökes with music by Benny Andersson and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus features a cast of four people (played by Johan Ulveson, Sofia Pekkari, Magnus Roosmann and Suzanne Berdino), plus two giant cows, a horse, two pigs, one goat, three dogs and four geese!
The show opened at Stockholm’s Orionteatern on 8 February and was well received by both the critics and the public.
Benny has told icethesite that in May 2013 the full production at Orionteatern was recorded for Swedish television but so far there is no transmission date.
A sample of a track from the musical, called Bortom sol och måne performed by Sofia Pekkari was posted to Benny’s Mono Music website just before the musical’s premiere.
Another track performed by Sofia Pekkari, Svarta silhuetter, has been issued as a digital-only single ahead of the album’s release.
Both Bortom sol och måne and Svarta silhuetter were recently performed live by Benny’s band Benny Anderssons Orkester on their Swedish Summer tour. Vocal duties on both tracks were performed by Helen Sjöholm.
Benny and the cast of Hjälp sökes will perform two tracks from the musical (Svarta silhuetter and Själv är baste dräng) on the programme Moraeus med mera on SVT1 on Sunday 8 September.
‘Hjälp sökes’ tracklist
|Bortom sol och måne (02:40)||Sofia Pekkari|
|Själv är bäste dräng (03:24)||Johan Ulveson & Magnus Roosmann|
|Svarta silhuetter (04:45)||Sofia|
|Vågar jag älska dig (03:32)||Magnus|
|Stackars Axels sång (02:55)||Sofia, Johan & Magnus|
|Den jag ville vara (05:57)||Sofia|
|Som en hägring (04:57)||Johan & Magnus|
|Ro hit en dyckert (03:12)||Sofia, Johan & Magnus|
|Final (12:43)||Orkestern, Sofia, Johan & Magnus|
Win a signed Hjälp sökes CD
There will be another icethesite competition coming shortly in which you can win a signed copy of the cast CD.
- ‘Hjälp sökes’ opening night
- Göran Arnberg talks to icethesite
- ‘Hjälp sökes’ CD delayed but full production to be broadcast on TV
- Orionteatern – Hjälp sökes
- Svarta Silhuetter – ett smakprov från musikalen ”Hjälp Sökes” av bl.a. Björn & Benny