Peter will be making his first appearance on stage in Japan on 21 May 2014 when he appears as a guest at Musical Meets Symphony, an annual concert event in Tokyo.
The concert stars Peter’s friend and fellow Phantom, Ramin Karimloo alongside other Japanese stars. The venue is the Tokyo International Forum Hall A and there are two shows at 3pm and 7pm.
It could be that Sony Music Japan are releasing Peter’s “I Love Musicals” CD to coincide with his visit.
Online CD stores in Japan are listing a local release of “I Love Musicals” on 9 April 2014.
The album will contain the Swedish language “Annars vore jag inte jag” from Peter’s upcoming musical “Livet är en schlager” and an extra bonus track “Kiss of the Spider Woman” which is exclusive to the Japanese release. This means there will be a total of 17 tracks.
The CD will be in the Blu-spec CD2 format. This high quality format is unique to Sony Music Japan. It is playable on all CD players according to Wikipedia.
It is not yet known what the final cover artwork will be. The image above is just being used for illustrative purposes.
The musical “Livet är en schlager” opens at Cirkus theatre in Stockholm on 11 September 2014. Tickets go on sale on 19 November 2013.
The musical stars Helen Sjöholm as Mona, the starstruck housewife obsessed with Melodifestivalen, and Peter Jöback as Mona’s transsexual “brother” Candy Darling. The evil diva Sabina is being played by Frida Westerdahl.
Other roles are being played by Jonas Helgesson (David), Johan Glans (Bosse), Måns Möller (Mona’s producer), Katarina Ewerlöf (Melodifestivalen producer) and My Holmsten (Melodifestivalen host).
Performances will be Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm and a Saturday matinee at 3pm. Performances will last about 3 hours.
An official website has been launched and there is also a Facebook page.
“Annars vore jag inte jag” was left off the international version of Peter’s new album “I Love Musicals” since it was in Swedish. However, it was made available as a digital single on iTunes on 20 September 2013 outside of Scandinavia (cover above).
The song is from the upcoming musical “Livet är en schlager” which will star Peter alongside Helen Sjöholm that will open later in 2014.
“I Love Musicals – The Album” is out now in Swedish shops.
The album is also available through iTunes internationally except Japan, USA and Canada. It will be available in those territories next week.
Above is the cover of the non-Scandinavian version of the album that is on iTunes. This has all the songs from the standard version except for “Annars vore jag inte jag” which was excluded because it is in Swedish. If you are from outside Scandinavia, you will need to order the physical album to get this track. It can be ordered from Bengans by clicking here.
If you are in Sweden this weekend, Peter will be signing copies of the album at NK Ljusgården in Stockholm from 1pm on Saturday and at Åhlens Nordstan in Gothenburg from 2pm on Sunday.
Helen and Peter in 1999
“Livet är en schlager” is a new Swedish musical based on the film of the same name from 2000, written by Jonas Gardell. The musical has been written by Jonas with music by Fredrik Kempe.
The title roughly translates as “Life is a Eurovision song” and is about Mona as a mother-of-four living a dreary life with her unemployed husband. She is obsessed by Melodifestivalen (the Swedish contest to select the song to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest). Through a set of circumstances Mona finds herself living her dream life and performing at Melodifestivalen.
When the musical was first announced back in March this year, it was also announced that Helen Sjöholm would be playing Mona and it has just been announced that Peter will be playing Candy Darling, Mona’s transgender brother.
Peter has recorded a song from the musical already which is being released next week on his new album “I Love Musicals”. The song is “Annars vore jag inte jag” (Otherwise I wouldn’t be me).
Helen has performed the song ”Som skapta för varann” (Made for each other) on Swedish television.
The musical is expected to premiere in September or October 2014.
Peter’s new album is due to be released on 11 September 2013 in Sweden. It should be available on iTunes internationally.
Signed copies of the CD can be ordered from Bengans by clicking here. Bengans ships around the world.
The tracklisting has appeared on many websites:
2. Everybody Says Don’t (Anyone Can Whistle)
3. Why God Why (Miss Saigon)
4. The Phantom Of The Opera (The Phantom Of The Opera)
5. Music Of The Night (The Phantom Of The Opera)
6. I Don’t Care Much (Cabaret)
7. Luck Be A Lady (Guys And Dolls)
8. Gold Can Turn To Sand (Kristina Från Duvemåla)
9. Pity The Child (Chess)
10. Epiphany (Sweeney Todd)
11. Sunset Boulevard (Sunset Boulevard)
12. Come What May (Moulin Rouge)
13. Gethsemane (Jesus Christ Superstar)
14. Who’s The Man (Witches Of Eastwick)
15. You’ll Never Walk Alone / Climb Every Mountain (Carousel / Sound Of Music)
16. Annars vore jag inte jag (Livet är en schlager)
You can hear short snippets of all the songs at Amazon by clicking here.
There is also a promotional clip which previews many of the songs set to a slideshow,