In discussion with icethesite, Benny has been able to add some detail to things we already knew about and a few we didn’t, and give us more things to look forward to in the coming year.
Kristina Lugn and Björn Ulvaeus are currently working on translating Hjälp sökes from Swedish to English to see how, and if, it works and then they may seek to export it.
The Gustaf Sjökvist Kammarkör album which icethesite has reported on in the past is most likely to be released in the early autumn of this year.
The final tracklist has not been decided upon yet but we already know that it will be “a mix of stuff” from Benny’s back catalogue with new choir arrangements. In November, Benny joined the choir for a concert and performed five songs, Lilla skara, Kärlekens tid, Anthem, O klang och jubeltid and En skrift i snön.
Benny hopes that there will be TV appearances to accompany the release of the album.
BAO are hoping to release a new album in the spring of 2016, and this will be followed by a Swedish tour in the summer.
Kristina från Duvemåla concluded its very successful run in Göteborg last Saturday 16 May. Next, the musical will transfer to Cirkus in Stockholm, where it will officially open on 12 September.
Maria Ylipää and Oskar Nilsson from the Kristina cast are going to record the TV show Moraeus med Mera on 5 June and Benny is planning to join them.
Plans are afoot to release the movie Cirkeln internationally but nothing is yet confirmed. The film is due out on DVD in Sweden in June but there will be no English subtitles on the release.
A decision has not yet been taken as to whether to film the other books in the Cirkeln trilogy.