Benny Andersson News

Date of Birth: December 16, 1946 (68)
Birth Place: Stockholm, SWEDEN
Gender: Male
First Look: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns to Rockwell Table & Stage, 8/10First Look: AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY Returns to Rockwell Table & Stage, 8/10
by Shari Barrett - Jul 24, 2015

Fraser Entertainment Group's critically-acclaimed ongoing series AN EVENING OF CLASSIC BROADWAY returns to Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz on Monday, August 10 at 8pm, the ninth installment of the successful concert series, produced by Dianne Fraser. Acclaimed musical director Brad Ellis (from the hit television series GLEE, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, etc.) leads a cast of superb singers from Broadway, television, and film. (more...)

CHESS THE MUSICAL to Play White Plains Performing Arts Center, 8/7-9CHESS THE MUSICAL to Play White Plains Performing Arts Center, 8/7-9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

White Plains Performing Arts Center STAGE 2 presents CHESS, the smash hit rock musical of the 1980s is back in a re-imaged production updated to today's explosive political climate between the United States and the Middle East. (more...)

Hollywood Pantages Adds Optional Shows to 2015-16 Season: KINKY BOOTS, ONCE & More!Hollywood Pantages Adds Optional Shows to 2015-16 Season: KINKY BOOTS, ONCE & More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

The Hollywood Pantages, a Nederlander Theatre, announced today the addition of eight shows available as options to the already on sale 2015-2016 SEASON. This new lineup of shows includes the return of Six Hollywood Pantages favorites. The Added Optional Shows will include Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, RIVERDANCE - THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR, MAMMA MIA!, ONCE, RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES & last season's smash hit, KINKY BOOTS. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! Returning to ChicagoMAMMA MIA! Returning to Chicago
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Broadway In Chicago has announced that Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Chicago to play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for one week only, November 10-15, 2015. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! National Tour Returning to Orpheum, 6/19-21MAMMA MIA! National Tour Returning to Orpheum, 6/19-21
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to The Orpheum Theatre in June. Performances begin on June 19 and run through June 21 at The Orpheum Theatre in Memphis TN. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/20/15- Judy KuhnSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/20/15- Judy Kuhn
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2015

Happy Birthday, Judy Kuhn! Kuhn made her Broadway debut was in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She then played Cosette in the 1987 multiple award winning Broadway production of Les Miserables brought her the first Tony Award nomination. The following year, Kuhn took on a transfer from London's West End, playing one of the main roles (Florence Vassy) in the Trevor Nunn-directed Chess, with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (formerly of ABBA) and lyrics by Tim Rice. Later in 1993, Kuhn played the role of Betty Schaefer in the U.S premier production of Sunset Boulevard at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. Kuhn sang the title role in the 1995 Disney animated film, Pocahontas, the film included her rendition of the song Colors of the Wind, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for its composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. On October 23, 2007, Kuhn returned to the Broadway Production of Les Miserables after 20 years, but this time assuming the role of Fantine. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Solid Leads Shine in Kensington Arts Theatre's CHESSBWW Reviews: Solid Leads Shine in Kensington Arts Theatre's CHESS
by Benjamin Tomchik - May 11, 2015

While certain design elements detract from the production, the performance of its leads, Teresa Danskey as Florence and Ward Ferguson as Anatoly, will remind you why Chess has endeared itself to generations of audiences. (more...)

West End's MAMMA MIA! Announces 'Major' Cast Additions, Including Mazz MurrayWest End's MAMMA MIA! Announces 'Major' Cast Additions, Including Mazz Murray
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

There will be major cast changes for MAMMA MIA! in London from Monday 8 June.  Mazz Murray will be joining the cast as Tanya, Jo Napthine as Rosie, Gabriella Williams as Sophie Sheridan and James Darch as Sky.  Also joining the cast from 8 June will be Louise Young as Ali, Stephanie Fearon as Lisa, Dan Partridge as Pepper and Rory Phelan as Eddie.  Dianne Pilkington will continue to star as Donna Sheridan, with Richard Trinder as Sam, Alasdair Harvey as Harry and Charles Daish as Bill.  At certain performances, the role of Donna Sheridan will be played by Shona White. (more...)

Mazz Murray Joins MAMMA MIA! As Tanya From June 2015!Mazz Murray Joins MAMMA MIA! As Tanya From June 2015!
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

There will be major cast changes for MAMMA MIA! in London from Monday 8 June.  Mazz Murray will be joining the cast as Tanya, Jo Napthine as Rosie, Gabriella Williams as Sophie Sheridan and James Darch as Sky.  Also joining the cast from 8 June will be Louise Young as Ali, Stephanie Fearon as Lisa, Dan Partridge as Pepper and Rory Phelan as Eddie.  Dianne Pilkington will continue to star as Donna Sheridan, with Richard Trinder as Sam, Alasdair Harvey as Harry and Charles Daish as Bill.  At certain performances, the role of Donna Sheridan will be played by Shona White. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/28/15- CHESSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 4/28/15- CHESS
by Stage Tube - Apr 28, 2015

Today in 1988, Chess opened at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 68 performances. Chess is a musical with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and with lyrics by Tim Rice. The story involves a romantic triangle between two top players, an American and a Russian, in a world chess championship, and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other; all in the context of a Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, during which both countries wanted to win international chess tournaments for propaganda purposes. (more...)

Broadway's MAMMA MIA! Sets New Closing DateBroadway's MAMMA MIA! Sets New Closing Date
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, inspired by the songs of ABBA, will now end its historic, record-breaking run on Broadway on Saturday, September 12, 2015, following 5,773 performances. (September 5 was the previously-announced closing date.) (more...)

As Broadway Show Announces Closing, London's MAMMA MIA! Extends Booking PeriodAs Broadway Show Announces Closing, London's MAMMA MIA! Extends Booking Period
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2015

The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at London's Novello Theatre is now extending its booking period until 23 April 2016, taking the show through to its 18th playing year in London. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Goes Again and Never Lets You GoBWW Reviews: MAMMA MIA! Goes Again and Never Lets You Go
by Katricia Lang - Apr 16, 2015

MAMMA MIA! is worth your time and money. Go see it. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Broadway's MAMMA MIA! Debuts BC/EFA Collection Rap!STAGE TUBE: Broadway's MAMMA MIA! Debuts BC/EFA Collection Rap!
by Stage Tube - Apr 15, 2015

Broadway's Mamma Mia! has put a new spin on BC/EFA collection speech! The musical's company recently debuted a rap version of the famous speech after the final curtain, which you can check out below! (more...)

MAMMA MIA!-Inspired Immersive Theatrical Show Coming to a Greek Taverna Near You!MAMMA MIA!-Inspired Immersive Theatrical Show Coming to a Greek Taverna Near You!
by Movies News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

A new immersive theatrical show inspired by the Broadway stage show MAMMA MIA! will be premiering in a Stockholm beer hall. (more...)

Breaking News: MAMMA MIA! to Close on Broadway This Fall; Movie Sequel in the Works?Breaking News: MAMMA MIA! to Close on Broadway This Fall; Movie Sequel in the Works?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

?Creator and global producer Judy Craymer has announced that Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, inspired by the songs of ABBA, will end its historic, record-breaking run on Broadway on September 5th, 2015 at the Broadhurst Theatre following 5,765 performances. (more...)

Carman Napier, Dale Sampson and Jonathan Mesisca Will Lead EVITA at Gallery Players; Opens 4/25Carman Napier, Dale Sampson and Jonathan Mesisca Will Lead EVITA at Gallery Players; Opens 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

The Gallery Players announces EVITA, the final musical of their 48th Season. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this epic musical is directed by Mark Harborth (Rent, Dreamgirls), choreographed by Elyse Daye Hart (Dreamgirls, A Little Night Music), with music direction by Emily Croome. Carman Napier (Next to Normal) fills the title role of the Argentinian legend, with Dale Sampson (Rent) as Che, and Jonathan Mesisca making his Gallery debut as Juan Peron. EVITA opens Saturday evening, April 25th at 8pm and runs through Sunday, May 17th, 2015. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! to Celebrate 16th Anniversary in the West End This MonthMAMMA MIA! to Celebrate 16th Anniversary in the West End This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2015

The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! at London's Novello Theatre celebrates its 16th birthday in London on Monday 6 April. From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer's ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise. To date, it has been seen by more than 54 million people in 49 productions in 16 different languages grossing more than $2 billion at the box office. (more...)

In the Wings Promotions presents Highlights from CHESS: In Concert, Saturday, 4/25In the Wings Promotions presents Highlights from CHESS: In Concert, Saturday, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

Tickets for In the Wings Promotions presents Highlights from CHESS: In Concert are on sale now to the general public. The concert is ONE NIGHT ONLY on Saturday, April 25 at La Vitrola, located at 4602 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal. The show begins at 8:00PM and doors are at 7:00PM. (more...)

MAMMA MIA! to Return to Omaha on 4/24-26MAMMA MIA! to Return to Omaha on 4/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus' MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Omaha's Orpheum Theater for five performances Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26. (more...)

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