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PHOTOS TAKEN OF KRISTINA AT CARNEGIE HALL
Top Left: Pitre Sjoholm
Bottom Left: Kristina Ensemble
Top Right: Russell Watson
Photos by Carol Rosegg
Work on Kristina began in Easter 1989. With the success of their latest project, Chess, Benny and Björn had been looking to collaborate on another musical. In searching for a story that would serve as the basis for their newest creation, Benny sought to find a piece of literature that was personal to him, something that he was passionate about and that he could identify with, and that is when the idea immediately came to him: Vilhelm Moberg's "The Emigrants." Together with Björn and director Lars Rudolfsson, they started the journey of bringing Kristina to life.
Almost 6 years later, in October 1995, Kristina, originally titled Kristina från Duvemåla, was complete and ready to make her world premiere on stage in Malmö, Sweden. With a cast led by Helen Sjöholm as "Kristina," audiences immediately embraced her and her husband "Karl Oskar," as their family made the difficult decision to leave their home in Sweden in search of a better life in America. The powerful story, stirring music and moving lyrics brought audiences to their feet night after night.
In 1996, the original cast recording of Kristina från Duvemåla was released. The package contained over three and a half hours of music on 3 compact discs and a four-color booklet containing the lyrics and photos from the Swedish production. Kristina went on to win two Swedish Grammy® Awards that same year: Best Album and Best Composer, Benny Andersson.
Later that year audiences in America were introduced to Kristina. In October 1996, in Minneapolis, Minnesota Kristina från Duvemåla played a one-night-only concert, in Swedish, at Orchestra Hall with the second and final concert in Lindstrom, MN the next night. The location for these concerts was historically relevant because many of the events in Moberg's novels took place in and around Minneapolis.
Kristina från Duvemåla then returned home and, for the next few years, enjoyed a successful tour around Sweden. To this day, Kristina från Duvemåla remains the most popular theatre piece in Swedish history.
The musical ran for almost four years, winning four Guldmasken Theatre Awards (Sweden’s Tony!) and was seen by more people than any other musical in Swedish history.In 2003 Benny and Björn asked renowned English lyricist Herbert Kretzmer to collaborate on the English language version for which Björn Ulvaeus and Herbert Kretzmer have written the lyrics. In March 2006 a workshop was held in New York City and during this time the name was shortened to simply Kristina. Since that workshop Kristina has continued to evolve. The Concert Events that are taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in April will be the first time English audiences will experience the English speaking version of Kristina and have the chance to fall in love with her, as so many across the world have already done.