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Benny Andersson

Birth Place: Stockholm, SWEDEN

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Benny Andersson 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 - 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.

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Benny Andersson STAGE CREDITS

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!

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Full Cast Set For 25th Anniversary North American Tour of MAMMA MIA!

The cast has been set for the upcoming 25th Anniversary North American Tour of MAMMA MIA! Find out who is starring in the production and how to get tickets here!

Video: Relive the Final Days of MAMMA MIA! on Broadway

In this video, watch as we flash back to 2015, when the final Broadway cast met up with veterans of Mamma Mia!'s fourteen-year run to take a farewell photo in Times Square. 

Review: ÄNGLAGÅRD / HOUSE OF ANGELS at Oscarsteatern, Stockholm, Sweden

The wold premier of the musical Änglagård/House of Angels was a great success - fanatasic music by Fredrik Kempe, perfect cast.

MAMMA MIA! Reveals New Cast and Extends Booking Period

Ahead of its 25th anniversary on 6 April 2024,  the new cast has been revealed for the global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! from Monday 9 October 2023. The production has also extended its booking period to Saturday 28 September 2024 at London’s Novello Theatre, with tickets on sale at 10am tomorrow, Friday 1 September 2023.

MAMMA MIA! To Perform Limited Engagement At BroadwaySF's Golden Gate Theatre

BroadwaySF, part of the Ambassador Theatre Group, has announced that MAMMA MIA! will play a limited engagement at BroadwaySF's Golden Gate Theatre (1 Taylor St., San Francisco) beginning Tuesday, December 5 and running through Sunday, December 10, 2023.



Antony Costa Joins the Cast of MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY This Month

MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY has announced the new cast arriving at Nikos Taverna on the Greek island of Skopelos, including British pop star Antony Costa who will play the role of Nikos.

After Tremendous Success in Rio International Megahit MAMMA MIA! Opens in Sao Paulo

Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical based on songs recorded by Swedish group ABBA. The heroine of the show is Donna, who keeps a tavern on a small Greek island and plans to marry Sophie, her daughter. Trying to figure out who her father is, Sophie invites the three most likely candidates to the wedding, setting the scene for farcical complications.

The FABBA Show �" A Tribute to ABBA Comes to the Newmark Theatre This Month

 The FABBA Show – A Tribute to ABBA comes to the Newmark Theatre on Saturday, July 22 at 8:00 pm. Direct from the U.K., The FABBA Show is the sensational, authentic and truly magical tribute to Abba.

Review Roundup: CHESS Opens At The Muny Starring Jessica Vosk, Taylor Louderman, Jarrod Spector & More

The Muny is presenting Chess through July 11. Read reviews for the production!

Review: CHESS at The Muny

While this Muny production is more similar to the original West End production in London versus the Broadway rewrite, CHESS is still more of a concert-like production. While the actors, ensemble and orchestra perform this material masterfully, the story doesn’t fully capture the competitive nature of the Chess champions or the tensions of the cold war. The love story is slightly more compelling, but the lack of a well-written and emotional narrative does not allow the audience to fully connect to the story and softens the overall production. This production of CHESS is a must-see for those who love this score. This is not a musical that packs a powerful emotional wallop. If that is more of what you’re looking for then wait for WEST SIDE STORY or RENT.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, CLUE & More Rank Among Most Popular High School Shows for 2023

Educational Theatre Association has revealed the most popular high school shows for 2023. 

MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY Extends Booking in London

MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, London’s premier dining experience is extending to 3rd March 2024 at The O2, London with tickets for the new dates on sale now. 

New Booking Period Announced For MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY at The O2, London

MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY, London's premier dining experience is extending to 3rd March 2024 at The O2, London with tickets for the new dates on sale now. 

Sign Language Interpreter Added For Two Special Scarborough Performances of MAMMA MIA!

Scarborough Open Air Theatre has announced that two of the performances of the sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will be British Sign Language interpreted. Official interpreter and self-confessed ABBA superfan Tony Redshaw will sign the full show for the performances on Friday June 16 and the matinee on Saturday June 17.

Feature: The Show Must Eurovision �" A Celebration of Musical Theatre Eurovision Song Contest Stars �" Part Three

The West End of London might be an epicentre for musical theatre, but it is not just UK Eurovision stars who have taken to the stage. An other Eurovision powerhouse country Sweden currently have six wins to their name, and also sparkling smorgasbord of representatives who have stood in the musical theatre spotlight.

Video: The Cast of MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY Performs 'Waterloo' In New Music Video

My, my! Eurovision's nearly here and at Mamma Mia! The Party the celebrations are in full swing. Some of the current cast of London’s premier dining experience paid homage to ABBA’s iconic 1974 winning Eurovision performance of ‘Waterloo’ in this exclusive new music video filmed at Nikos’ Taverna in the heart of The O2, London.

Vancouver Singer Mathew V Makes Vocal Jazz Debut With New Album 'Anything Goes' Out Today

Vancouver singer Mathew V seeks to reframe the assumed heteronormative narratives of the Great American Songbook on his new album,” writes JAZZIZ. His latest album Anything Goes out now on 604 Records finds him drawing out queer perspectives from timeless songs by the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Henry Mancini, and also includes an original composition “My Boy” inspired by Marilyn Monroe. 

CHESS to be Presented at The Muny in July

Chess makes another big move in Saint Louis, the home of the first world championship, and onto the Muny stage for the first time. See performance dates, and learn how to purchase tickets!

MAMMA MIA! in London Extends Booking To 2 March 2024

The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! has extended its booking period at London's Novello Theatre to Saturday 2 March 2024, with tickets now on sale.


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

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 .

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