Helen Sjöholm Kristina
HELEN SJÖHOLM is one of Sweden's most beloved performers. She began singing at a young age in a chorus in her hometown of Sundsvall and made her professional debut in 1988 touring with the entertainment troupe "Just for Fun." For many Swedes, she will always be known for her major breakthrough performance as "Kristina" in Kristina frän Duvemäla. The hit musical by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus was seen by over one million Swedes. Helen also played "Hodel" in Fiddler on the Roof and "Fantine" in Les Miserables. She starred in the Swedish production of Chess, as "Polly Peachum" in The Threepenny Opera and is currently playing "Eliza" in My Fair Lady at the Oscars Theatre in Stockholm. Helen has performed solo concerts on radio, television and on stages around the country. She is a lead vocalist in the Benny Andersson Band, whose song "You Are My Man" has topped the Swedish charts for five years.
Russell Watson Karl Oskar
Adored by the UK public and widely known as "The Peoples Tenor," Russell Watson offers a rare glimpse at a remarkable Tenor who has a unique ability of delivering both Classical and Pop Music. 2001: Watson was the first ever British male to simultaneously occupy a No.1 spot in the UK and American classical charts, as well as being the first artist to have a classical album at the No.1 spot in the UK classical charts for an entire year. Having released 9 albums to date and sold over 6 million records worldwide, he has won four classical BRIT Awards and is recognized as the UK's biggest selling classical artist of the 21st century. 2001: Sang the opening theme of "Star Trek Enterprise", "Where My Heart Will Take Me," 2006: Watson played Parson Nathaniel in the stage adaptation of Jeff Wayne's musical version of The War of the Worlds. He has performed for the President of the United States, the UK Prime minister, the Emperor of Japan and the Pope. He has collaborated with varying artists such as Cliff Richard, Lulu, Lionel Ritchie, Mel C (of Spice Girls fame) and Meatloaf.
Louise Pitre Ulrika
made her Broadway debut and earned a Tony Award® nomination for her role as “Donna Sheridan” in Mamma Mia! when the hit musical opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in 2001, where she starred for two years. A Toronto audience favorite, she has starred as “Fantine” in Les Misérables, as the title role in Edith Piaf and in Annie Get Your Gun, Song and Dance, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The World Goes 'Round; Blood Brothers; Tartuffe; Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?; The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd; Applause and Rock 'n' Roll. She is the winner of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Critics' Circle Award and a Bessie Award all for best performance by a leading lady in a musical. She can be seen this fall as the host of CTV's new series "Star Portraits" beginning September 12 on Bravo!. Other television: Lifetime's "A Christmas Wedding," "Recipe for a Perfect Christmas," CBC's “MVP,” and as Celine Dion's mother “Therese” in the CBC biopic "Celine". Louise is the recipient of honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from her alma mater The University of Western Ontario. She has recorded four studio albums. www.louisepitre.com
Kevin Odekirk Robert
is thrilled to once again sing the role of “Robert” in Kristina, a part he originated in the NYC workshops. A native of Southern California, Kevin got his start in Hollywood with roles in such television shows as “Unhappily Ever After” and “Clueless,” before moving to New York and making his Broadway debut as “Marius” in the long running hit musical Les Misérables. From Lincoln Center to The Hollywood Bowl and everywhere in between, Kevin has been privileged to perform with some of the worlds best entertainers including Barbara Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Angela Lansbury, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban and many more. Most recently, Kevin joined the amazing Julie Andrews as one of five soloists in her long awaited return to the concert stage in The Gift of Music. Keep an eye out for the release of his debut CD "Unheard Of,” a collection of previously unreleased works by major composers such as Stephen Schwartz, John Bucchino, Eric Whitacre, and more.
Michael James Leslie
T. Doyle Leverett
Raymond Jaramillo McLeod