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Benny Andersson

Birth Place: Stockholm, SWEDEN

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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 Productions

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



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

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MAMMA MIA! Extends Booking Period To March 2025

As part of the celebrations for MAMMA MIA! turning 25 on Saturday 6 April 2024, the hit musical has extended its booking period at London's Novello Theatre to Saturday 29 March 2025, with tickets now on sale.
MAMMA MIA! Producer Judy Craymer 'Would Love' Greta Gerwig To Helm Third Film

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Review: MAMA MIA at Overture Center

What did our From the opening overture to the curtain call, Mama Mia is a fun and entertaining romp. Upbeat and rollercoaster-esque, the show takes you through a mired of situations and emotions as Sophie attempts to discover her father, while her mother, Donna fights off old feeling for a love thought long dead, all while dealing with the stress of of an upcoming large wedding.critic think of MAMA MIA at Overture Center?
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Gretna Theatre Reveals Summer 2024 Season

Single tickets and subscriptions are on sale now for Gretna Theatre's 97th season, including five mainstage productions and four Family Series presentations, most of which will take place this summer at the historic Mt. Gretna Playhouse.


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?

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

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