BAO, ABBA, Mamma Mia!, Kristina & CHESS – what can we expect?
Benny Anderssons Orkester
EXCLUSIVE: icethesite has learned that Benny, Helen, Tommy et al will be back on the road in Sweden next year for a short summer tour!!! Check here for the BAO 2009 tour dates and venues. There is also the possibility of a surprise show outside of Sweden and a new album.
At the very least there’ll be a CD and DVD of the Royal Albert Hall CHESS In Concert production, starring Idina Menzel and Josh Groban. This is scheduled for release sometime in the spring. Maybe there will also be a similar concert in New York or a UK touring production? One thing for certain is that CHESS’ profile rose far higher in 2008 than for many a year due to the London shows and the associated star names. Let’s hope that the momentum leads to a theatrical revival somewhere sometime soon.
Kristina från Duvemåla
With all the legal shenanigans out of the way, 2009 could be the year we really start to see some movement towards a Kristina från Duvemåla concert production in English. This will help test the waters for a full-scale production of Kristina in the US. Autumn next year seems the most likely time for this. Expect a prestigious venue in a major US city if it all goes ahead.
Hard as it is to believe, one massive territory has yet to witness Mamma Mia! in its cinemas. Over 125 million Japanese have the chance of the cinematic experience when the movie opens there on January 30.
Should I mention the nominations for next year’s Oscars are announced on Thursday, January 22?!
The original London stage show will be 10 years old on April 6, 2009. Expect celebrations at the Prince of Wales theatre on the night.
As sure as night follows day, we should expect a Voulez-Vous 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition CD with bonus DVD, including such classics (in part if not all) as ABBA In Switzerland and the Mike Yarwood Christmas Show and more!
Please feel free to add to the list….