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Benny Andersson

 
Birth Place:
Stockholm, SWEDEN
Bio:
Born 16 December 1946 in Stockholm. 1952 Received accordion lessons from his father and grandfather. 1964-68 Member of the Hep Stars, Sweden's most popular rock band in the 1960's. During this time, he began composing music. "Sunny Girl" and "Wedding" were huge hits for the Hep Stars. 1972 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: December 16, 1946 (75)

Birth Place: Stockholm, SWEDEN

Bio:
Born 16 December 1946 in Stockholm. 1952 Received accordion lessons from his father and grandfather. 1964-68 Member of the Hep Stars, Sweden's most popular rock band in the 1960's. During this time, he began composing music. "Sunny Girl" and "Wedding" were huge hits for the Hep Stars. 1972 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2018]
Book Writer
 
[Las Vegas, 2014]
Music and Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Orchestrator
 
[Toronto, 2000]
Orchestrator

Writing

Composer
Composer
Composer
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist

Photos

Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Catherine Johnson Photo

Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Catherine Johnson

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Date:
04/08/2019
Bjorn Ulvaeus, Siobhan McCarthy, Richard Trinder and Benny Andersson Photo

Bjorn Ulvaeus, Siobhan McCarthy, Richard Trinder and Benny Andersson

From: 
Date:
04/08/2019


Benny Andersson, Helen Sjoholm, and Bjorn Ulvaeus

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Date:
09/16/2009

 

Stage

Productions

[West End, 2018]
Book Writer

[Las Vegas, 2014]
Music and Lyrics

[Broadway, 2001]
Orchestrator

[Toronto, 2000]
Orchestrator

Writing
Composer
Composer
Composer
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist

Benny Andersson Biography

Born 16 December 1946 in Stockholm.

1952 Received accordion lessons from his father and grandfather.

1964-68 Member of the Hep Stars, Sweden's most popular rock band in the 1960's. During this time, he began composing music. "Sunny Girl" and "Wedding" were huge hits for the Hep Stars.

1972 - 82 ABBA.

1982 - 84 Composed the music (together with Björn Ulvaeus) for the musical, Chess.

1987 Began collaborating with Orsa Spelmän. Recorded three albums deeply rooted in Swedish folk music: Klinga Mina Klockor, November 1989 and Fiolen Min. In 2001, this collaboration led to the formation of Benny Anderson's Orchestra, a 16-man constellation with vocalists, Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg. Thus far, this has resulted in three CD albums and several summer tours.

1990 - 95 Composed the music to Kristina from Duvemåla. (Björn Ulvaeus - Lars Rudolfsson/Jan Mark). Premiered in October 1995.

1995 Received the title of professor from the Swedish government. Inducted to in the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2007.

Appointed Honorary Doctor of the College of Humanities at Stockholm University in 2008.

Benny Andersson is married to former TV producer, Mona Nörklit. They have one child, Ludvig Andersson. Benny Andersson also has two children from a previous marriage, Peter Grönvall and Helene Odedal. He has five grandchildren: Charlie, Felix, Fabian, Malin and Viola.

Benny Andersson Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Orchestrations
Benny Andersson, Mamma Mia!
 
Olivier Awards - 2000 - Radisson Edwardian Award for Best New Musical
Benny Andersson, Mamma Mia!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Music
Benny Andersson, Chess
 
Olivier Awards - 1986 - Musical of the Year
Benny Andersson, Chess

Benny Andersson News

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, WAITING FOR GODOT & More Lead Boston's August Theater Top 10 Photo SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, WAITING FOR GODOT & More Lead Boston's August Theater Top 10
by BWW Staff - Aug 4, 2022

Boston is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. August selections include Songs for a New World, Waiting for Godot, Pippin, and more!

Lyric Stage to Present MAMMA MIA! August 24-28 Photo Lyric Stage to Present MAMMA MIA! August 24-28
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 3, 2022

Lyric Stage will open its 29th season with the hit musical Mamma Mia! August 24-28, 2022 at Dallas' Majestic Theatre.

Review: Gerrilyn Sohn IF JOE ALLEN'S WALLS COULD SING & OTHER HIDDEN GEMS at Don't Te Photo Review: Gerrilyn Sohn IF JOE ALLEN'S WALLS COULD SING & OTHER HIDDEN GEMS at Don't Tell Mama by Guest Reviewer Andrew Poretz
by Stephen Mosher - Aug 3, 2022

Guest reviewer Andrew Poretz has heaps of praise for Gerrilyn Sohn and her new musical cabaret.

Photos: First Look at CHESS - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT at Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Photos: First Look at CHESS - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 2, 2022

Brand new production photos have been released of Chess- The Musical In Concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, starring Samantha Barks, Joel Harper-Jackson, Hadley Fraser and Frances Mayli McCann.

Review: CHESS - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Review: CHESS - THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Cindy Marcolina - Aug 2, 2022

Nick Winston stages less of a concert and more of an almost-fully-formed production with clear-cut vision.

Photos: In Rehearsal For CHESS THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Starring Samantha Barks, Hadle Photo Photos: In Rehearsal For CHESS THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Starring Samantha Barks, Hadley Frasier, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Jul 28, 2022

Three star-led musical concerts, accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, will be presented at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in August 2022 and kicking off the season will be the hotly anticipated Chess the Musical In Concert. Check out all new photos from rehearsal here!

Sir Trevor McDonald Joins CHESS and Joel Harper-Jackson Leads KINKY BOOTS in Theatre  Photo Sir Trevor McDonald Joins CHESS and Joel Harper-Jackson Leads KINKY BOOTS in Theatre Royal Drury Lane Concert Productions
by Stephi Wild - Jul 27, 2022

There is less than a week to go before the three-part concert series presented at Theatre Royal Drury Lane kicks off, starting with Chess the Musical in Concert on Monday 1 August.

Photos: First Look at Cape Rep's Outdoor Theater Production of MAMMA MIA! Photo Photos: First Look at Cape Rep's Outdoor Theater Production of MAMMA MIA!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 20, 2022

Cape Rep Theatre is presenting an outdoor production of Mamma Mia! through August 14, 2022. Set on a Greek island paradise and told through the music of ABBA, this is the hilarious story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a wedding you won’t soon forget. Get a first look at photos here!

MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY Extends Booking Period to February 2023 Photo MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY Extends Booking Period to February 2023
by Stephi Wild - Jul 20, 2022

MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, London's premier dining experience, has extended its booking period due to extraordinary demand and is now playing to Sunday 26 February 2023. Tickets for the new booking period at The O2 London are on sale this Friday 22 July.

Review: PIPPI AT CIRKUS at Cirkus Photo Review: PIPPI AT CIRKUS at Cirkus
by Annette Stolt - Jul 13, 2022

Full of joy, energetic when Pippi returns to the stage in a magical combination of musical and circus keeping the core essence of Astrid Lindgrens character.

Benny Andersson Videos

VIDEO: MAMMA MIA! Celebrates 9000 Performances in London VideoVIDEO: MAMMA MIA! Celebrates 9000 Performances in London
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 3, 2022

Today marks the 9000th performance in London's West End of MAMMA MIA! To celebrate the occasion, an all new video has been released.

VIDEO: Sir Tim Rice Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More VideoVIDEO: Sir Tim Rice Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More
by Stephi Wild - Jan 13, 2022

The 5th Avenue Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry recently sat down to chat with lyricist Sir Tim Rice about his career and what makes Disney's Beauty and the Beast such a perennial piece of musical theater.

VIDEO: Go Inside MAMMA MIA!'s Re-Opening Night at The Novello Theatre! VideoVIDEO: Go Inside MAMMA MIA!'s Re-Opening Night at The Novello Theatre!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 27, 2021

MAMMA MIA! is back on stage! The production began performances on 25 August 2021 at London's Novello Theatre. MAMMA MIA!, now in its 23rd year, is currently booking until 2 April 2022. 

VIDEO: Watch Clips of Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo, and More in CHESS in Japan VideoVIDEO: Watch Clips of Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo, and More in CHESS in Japan
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2020

As BroadwayWorld previously announced, a production of Chess is headed to Osaka's Umeda Arts Theater, starring Ramin Karimloo and Samantha Barks! Directed by Nick Winston, the production will run on January 27, 2020. The cast also features Luke Walsh, and Takanori Sato. Get a first look at the production in the new footage, featuring Karimloo, Barks, and the cast!

VIDEO: Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Barks, and More Rehearse For CHESS in Japan VideoVIDEO: Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Barks, and More Rehearse For CHESS in Japan
by Stage Tube - Jan 16, 2020

Ramin Karimloo, Samantha Barks, Luke Walsh, and Takanori Sato will lead a production of Chess at Osaka's Umeda Arts Theater this month! Directed by Nick Winston, the production will run on January 27, 2020.

PHOTO/VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night Of MAMMA MIA! The Party at The O2 With Björn Ul VideoPHOTO/VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night Of MAMMA MIA! The Party at The O2 With Björn Ulvaeus and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 20, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at opening night of Mamma Mia! the Party at The O2 London, on Thursday 19 September. Executive producer Björn Ulvaeus appeared during the show wearing his original ABBA costume from 1977 and welcomed guests including Mark Gatiss, Noel Fielding, Craig Revel Horwood and Arlene Phillips.

VIDEO: Current and Former MAMMA MIA! Cast Members Mark the Show's 20th Anniversary VideoVIDEO: Current and Former MAMMA MIA! Cast Members Mark the Show's 20th Anniversary
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 9, 2019

On Saturday 6 April, Mamma Mia! celebrated its 20th birthday in London. The current cast were joined on stage for the Finale of Dancing Queen by 13 former 'Dynamos', including the original 'Donna', Siobhan McCarthy, and the original 'Rosie', Jenny Galloway. Producer Judy Craymer paid tribute to the original 'Tanya', Louise Plowright, who sadly passed away in 2016.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At MAMMA MIA! at the Drury Lane Theatre VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At MAMMA MIA! at the Drury Lane Theatre
by Alan Henry - Feb 22, 2019

Drury Lane Theatre concludes its 2018/2019 season with the international megahit Mamma Mia!, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, some songs with Stig Anderson, and book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer, Mamma Mia! is directed by Artistic Director William Osetek and runs February 7 - April 14, 2019, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The press opening is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals of Drury Lane Theatre's MAMMA MIA! VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals of Drury Lane Theatre's MAMMA MIA!
by Alan Henry - Feb 5, 2019

Drury Lane Theatre concludes its 20182019 season with the international megahit Mamma Mia!, with music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, some songs with Stig Anderson, and book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer, Mamma Mia! is directed by Artistic Director William Osetek and runs February 7 - April 14, 2019, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The press opening is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m.

VIDEO: First Look at Maltz Jupiter Theatre's MAMMA MIA! VideoVIDEO: First Look at Maltz Jupiter Theatre's MAMMA MIA!
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2019

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is kicking off the New Year with a rare four-week run of the sunny and funny musical that took Broadway by storm: Mamma Mia!


Benny Andersson Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Benny Andersson written?
Benny Andersson has written 5 shows including Kristina (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Abbacadabara (Composer), Chess (Composer), Muriel's Wedding (Composer), Mamma Mia! (Composer).

What awards has Benny Andersson been nominated for?
Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Mamma Mia! , Radisson Edwardian Award for Best New Musical (Olivier Awards) for Mamma Mia! Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Chess and Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Chess .