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Björn Ulvaeus

 
Date of Birth: April 15, 1945 (77)

Birth Place: Gothenburg, SWEDEN

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2021]
Producer
 
[Las Vegas, 2014]
Music and Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2001]
Orchestrator
Producer
 
[Toronto, 2000]
Producer
Orchestrator

Writing

Lyricist
Composer
Composer
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist

Photos



Benny Andersson, Helen Sjoholm, Kevin Odekirk, Louise Pitre, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Lars Rudolfsson

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Date:
09/16/2009


Benny Andersson, Helen Sjoholm, and Bjorn Ulvaeus

From: 
Date:
09/16/2009


Benny Andersson, Helen Sjoholm, Kevin Odekirk, Louise Pitre, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Lars Rudolfsson

From: 
Date:
09/16/2009

 

Stage

Productions

[West End, 2021]
Producer

[Las Vegas, 2014]
Music and Lyrics

[Broadway, 2001]
Orchestrator

Producer

[Toronto, 2000]
Producer

Orchestrator

Writing
Lyricist
Composer
Composer
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist

Björn Ulvaeus Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Music
Bjorn Ulvaeus, Chess
 
Olivier Awards - 1986 - Musical of the Year
Bjorn Ulvaeus , Chess

Björn Ulvaeus News

Photos: World Opening Of PIPPI AT CIRCUS Red Carpet at Cirkus Photo Photos: World Opening Of PIPPI AT CIRCUS Red Carpet at Cirkus
by Annette Stolt - Jul 13, 2022

It was a beautiful summer day when Pippi at Circus finally opened at the Cirkus arena. The red carpet was full of swedish stars of course with Björn Ulvaeus who is the exectuive producer and witten the songtexts to the musical. He attended the show with his new partner Christina SAS. Check out the photos.

Cape Rep Theatre Presents MAMMA MIA! In The Outdoor Theater Photo Cape Rep Theatre Presents MAMMA MIA! In The Outdoor Theater
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 21, 2022

Cape Rep Theatre presents the Broadway musical sensation, MAMMA MIA!, music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and some songs with Stig Anderson, book by Catherine Johnson, originally conceived by Judy Cramer, directed and choreographed by Dani Davis.

ABBA Open Their Long-Awaited Concert ABBA VOYAGE to the Public Photo ABBA Open Their Long-Awaited Concert ABBA VOYAGE to the Public
by Michael Major - May 27, 2022

Agnetha Falkstog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were joined by the producers Svana Gisla and Ludvig Andersson, along with director Baillie Walsh, and an invited audience of VIPs, including the Swedish King & Queen and the Mayor of London, friends and family, media and fans. 

BWW Feature: PIPPI AT CIRKUS Comes To Cirkus Photo BWW Feature: PIPPI AT CIRKUS Comes To Cirkus
by Annette Stolt - May 18, 2022

Pippi at Cirkus to open the 1st of July in Stockholm. Cirkus and musical combined with new music from Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

No Booking Fee For MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY Photo No Booking Fee For MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 17, 2022

What are you waiting for? Book your table and discover Björn Ulvaeus' production of Mamma Mia! the Party, now playing at The O2, London. Feel transported to the island of Skopelos to dance, dine and have the time of your life!

Remastered ABBA: THE MOVIE " FAN EVENT to Play in US & Canadian Cinemas Photo Remastered ABBA: THE MOVIE " FAN EVENT to Play in US & Canadian Cinemas
by Michael Major - Mar 31, 2022

The film stars the members of ABBA, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Agnetha Fältskog, and was captured by diector Lasse Hallström (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Chocolat,” “Dear John”) during the group’s 1977 Australian tour. The film features hits including 'Dancing Queen,' 'Tiger,' 'Name Of The Game,' and 'Eagle.”

ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus Launches 'Björn from ABBA and Friends' Radio Show Photo ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus Launches 'Björn from ABBA and Friends' Radio Show
by Michael Major - Jan 24, 2022

Four-part series features music and conversations with friends and collaborators, including Nile Rodgers, Catherine Johnson, and Johan Renck. Watch the new trailer for the radio show and watch a clip from a new episode, featuring Nile Rodgers, in which the two discuss songwriting, ABBA's impact, and more.

VIDEO: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus Discuss New ABBA Album on CBS SUNDAY MORNING Photo VIDEO: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus Discuss New ABBA Album on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by Michael Major - Nov 1, 2021

Songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus discussed the creation of the new 'Voyage' album and what brought them back to the studio together. Watch the full interview now!

BWW Interview: Cate Hayman of CHESS IN CONCERT at 42nd Street Moon Aims to Be an Old- Photo BWW Interview: Cate Hayman of CHESS IN CONCERT at 42nd Street Moon Aims to Be an Old-School Diva for Our Times
by Jim Munson - Sep 21, 2021

BroadwayWorld chats with Cate Hayman, star of 'CHESS in Concert' at 42nd Street Moon. The show marks Moon's return to live, in-person performance and features a killer score by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson and renowned lyricist Tim Rice. It remains the only musical of the modern era to generate multiple, massive hits on the pop charts.

CHESS THE MUSICAL Set To Debut At The Concert Hall, QPAC In June 2021 Photo CHESS THE MUSICAL Set To Debut At The Concert Hall, QPAC In June 2021
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 14, 2020

The worldwide stage hit CHESS THE MUSICAL, featuring the iconic music of ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, lyrics by Tim Rice & Björn Ulvaeus and book by Tim Rice, will debut at QPAC's Concert Hall, for its first professional presentation, in two exclusive performances on June 10th, 2021.

Björn Ulvaeus Videos

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.

STAGE TUBE: Stars of MAMMA MIA! Perform on IMUS IN THE MORNING
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2013

The Broadway stars of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' smash hit musical Mamma Mia!, 'Dynamos' Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Felicia Finley, performed the ABBA hits 'Dancing Queen' and 'The Winner Takes It All' live yesterday morning, January 24 on 'Imus in the Morning' on both television and radio nationwide. Click below to watch the performances!

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 10/18- MAMMA MIA!
by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2012

Today in 2001, Mamma Mia opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, where it is still running. Mamma Mia! is a stage musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA, composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The musical includes such hits as 'Super Trouper', 'Lay All Your Love On Me', 'Dancing Queen', 'Knowing Me, Knowing You', 'Take A Chance On Me', 'Thank You for the Music', 'Money, Money, Money', 'The Winner Takes It All', 'Voulez Vous' and 'SOS'. Over 42 million people have seen the show, which has grossed $2 billion dollars worldwide since its 1999 debut.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/20- Judy Kuhn
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2012

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 Misérables 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 Björn 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 Misérables after 20 years, but this time assuming the role of Fantine.

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 4/28- CHESS
by Stage Tube - Apr 28, 2012

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 Björn 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.

STAGE TUBE: MAMMA MIA! Celebrates a Decade of Donnas!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 18, 2011

On its landmark 10th anniversary, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! salutes the leading ladies who have starred as 'Donna Sheridan' on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre over the last 10 years.

STAGE TUBE: BWW Goes Inside the MAMMA MIA! Tour!
by Audra Stafford - Jun 15, 2011

Seen by over 45 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 4,000 performances in its tenth smash hit year at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway's top selling musicals. The current North American Tour has played over 3,600 performances in over 135 cities with 145 repeat visits. BroadwayWorld's Audra Stafford was on the scene for the recent San Diego engagment and brings you an interview with 'Harry Bright' (Paul DeBoy) below!

BWW TV: CHESS at Signature Theatre!
by Robert Diamond - Aug 30, 2010

The production of Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Tim Rice's CHESS at the Signature Theatre opened August 10 and will run through September 26. Broadway's Jill Paice (Curtains, The 39 Steps), Euan Morton (Boy George in Taboo, Sondheim on Sondheim), and Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose, Rent) star in the rock musical Chess, which was directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. Written by Mamma Mia! composers Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson with Evita and Lion King lyricist Tim Rice, the 1984 cult musical of Cold War competition in love and chess is being given its first major Washington area production. Chess will be performed in the fabulous intimacy of the 276-seat MAX Theatre through September 26, 2010.

STAGE TUBE: A Peek At Signature Theater's CHESS
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 27, 2010

The production of Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Tim Rice's CHESS at the Signature Theatre opened August 10 and will run through September 26.

STAGE TUBE: CHESS At Signature Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 13, 2010

Signature's CHESS features a book by Richard Nelson, Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Lyrics by Tim Rice and is Based on an Idea by Tim Rice. The show is Directed by Eric Schaeffer


Björn Ulvaeus Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Björn Ulvaeus written?
Björn Ulvaeus has written 4 shows including Kristina (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Abbacadabara (Lyricist), Chess (Composer), Mamma Mia! (Composer).

What awards has Björn Ulvaeus been nominated for?
Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Chess and Musical of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Chess .