BWW Review: FRÅN BROADWAY TILL DUVEMÅLA at Linköpings Konsert och Congress
From Broadway to Duvemåla at Linköping Concert and Congress Arena 17 of March 2019
The Musical Concert tour "From Broadway to Duvemåla" goes on for another season through Sweden with a new Spring 2019 Edition which premiered on March 15 in Eskilstuna. The concert this afternoon in Linköping is the third stop. The concerts are normally sold out despite the fact that the artist may not be the most famous musical artist. But the audience seems to like the concept From Broadway to Duvemåla as the main thing is the mix of songs from various musicals performed by great musical artits. However even if the artist may not be well know by the average audience they all have a strong CV. Victoria Tocca has performed around the world, for example Christine in Phantom of the Opera in Denmark and have received several international awards. Laila Adèle has among other played in Jekyll and Hyde, Hairspray and Jesus Christ Superstar. Malena Tuvung is known among other things for playing Grizabella in Cats. Niklas Asknergård (former Andersson) has for example played Raoul in Phantom of the Opera, Chris in Miss Saigon and Maurius in Les Miserable on West End in London. Joachim Bergström is participating for the first time in this tour. Most recently he played in Bridges of Madison County with Victoria Tocca and he is also on of the singers in High Society where he sings with Karl Dyall and Rennie Mirro. In total five musical artists with really good voices and extremely good stage presence. The choir JoyVoice participated and strengthened where it was necessary. The band under direction of Carina E Nilsson included Conrad Boqvist, Fredrik Bergström and Magnus Eugenson.
The concert is about 2,5 hours with an interval. There were some problems with the sound in the first act which mostly impacted the strong ensemble songs like "Circle of life" as some of the voices was too low adjust. But it was fixed to the second one so we fully could enjoy the strong and powerful ensemble songs. It is just magical when five strong voices come together.
There is such a variety of wonderful songs from the musicals so it must be difficult to choose. When some artists are on stage, they just have to sing some of their signature songs. You can´t exclude Phantom of the Opera when both Niklas and Victoria are on stage as they played Raoul and Christine. Niklas had the opportunity to show off with his some of his most famous songs such as "Guldet Blev Till Sand" "Why God Why" (in Swedish) and so his wonderful energetic and joyful version of "Feeling good". And if you have Malena Tuvung then you just have to hear her singing Memories. There was a good mix of new songs and other musical songs they had not included in other tours. Laila has such a power in her voice and she is absolutely perfect in songs like "This is me" from The Greatest Showman or "Fame" where she can use her wonderful soul voice. Joachim and Malena made an amazingly beautiful Shallow, so much emotions in it. Victoria touched every heart when she sang one of my ABBA favorites Slipping through my fingers in Niklas Stömsted's fine Swedish translation "Vem kan ha en solkatt i en bur". So fine and simple with just Victoria's clear and light voice and Carina E Nilsson's piano play. Joachim show that he knows how to swing in Luck be A Lady. The mix of old, new, ballads and swinging songs, solo songs and ensemble songs gives a perfect unit to this concert. This is also reinforced by long line of nice dresses crowned by the absolutely stunning dresses by Frida Jonsvens.
On the way out from the concert hall the audience was full of praise to the artists and I think several will return or even buy tickets for the concert in Dalhalla or in another city, or why not the small and cozy Sund Nergården?
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