A new Swedish production of The Phantom of the Opera opens at Cirkus in Stockholm on 14 September 2016, currently booking until 2 April 2017. Following Peter’s acclaimed stints as the Phantom in London’s West End and on Broadway, he once again dons the mask but this time, in his homeland and in the Swedish language.
Peter is joined by Emmi Christensson playing Christine and Anton Zetterholm as Raoul.
Emmi has more recently played Christine in the West End and attracted attention as the first blonde Christine. Anton has been successful in Germany, in particular playing the lead role in the musical version of Tarzan. He has also worked in the West End playing Enjolras in Les Miserables.
Official Phantom website (in Swedish)
Book tickets (in Swedish and in English)
A new Swedish arena tour for I Love Musicals has been announced for 2015. Helen Sjöholm will be Peter’s special guest and the tagline reads “Tillsammans igen” which translates to “Together again”. Helen, of course, is currently appearing opposite Peter in “Livet är en schlager and the two of them starred in “Kristina från Duvemåla” 20 years ago.
These are the dates and locations that have been announced so far.
- 26 Sep 2015 – Malmö Arena, Malmö
- 2 Oct 2015 – Helsingborg Arena, Helsingborg
- 3 Oct 2015 – Vida Arena, Växjö
- 9 Oct 2015 – ABB Arena, Västerås
- 10 Oct 2015 – Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
- 16 Oct 2015 – Göransson Arena, Sandviken
- 17 Oct 2015 – Scandinavium, Göteborg
Tickets go on sale on 27 February 2015 and can be purchased here.
More information can be found at the official site for I Love Musicals.
At the recent QX Gay Gala Awards, Peter was awarded Drag Artist of the Year, for his performance as Candy Darling in “Livet är en schlager”. “Livet är en schlager” also won the award for Show of the Year.
Peter gave an emotional acceptance speech where he paid tribute to his half brother Göran, who had passed away.
Peter also appeared on stage with John Glans to perform “Mil efter mil” from “Livet är en schlager”. Check out the video below.
The cast recording of “Livet år en schlager” featuring Peter Jöback and Helen Sjöholm on both CD and through the usual digital outlets.
The album debuted at number one on the official Swedish “collections” chart.
The track listing is as follows:
- Stjärnorna som tindra över Skarpnäck – Helen Sjöholm
- Samhallsvals – Katarina Ewerlöf
- Mil efter mil – Peter Jöback & Johan Glans
- Hur gör man drömmen sann – Helen Sjöholm, Peter Jöback & Johan Glans
- VIP – Oscar Pierrou Lindén
- Ingen är där – Peter Jöback
- Nu är det min tur – Frida Westerdahl
- Söta du – Måns Möller & Anette Belander
- Annars vore jag inte jag – Peter Jöback
- När jag faller – Peter Jöback & Helen Sjöholm
- Tre minuter – My Holmsten
- Om inte du – Helen Sjöholm
- Aldrig ska jag sluta älska dig – Helen Sjöholm
- Som skapta för varann – Helen Sjöholm & Peter Jöback
- Som en vindil (bonus track) – Peter Jöback
The last track is a bonus song that did not appear in the musical. Jonas Gardell has performed that song in his shows.
The original cast recording of “Livet är en schlager” will be released in Sweden on 28 January 2015. It has started to appear in online stores for pre-ordering.
The album will contain 15 tracks.
The first single from the “Livet är en schlager” cast recording has been released worldwide on iTunes and Spotify.
“När jag faller” (When I fall) is sung by Helen Sjöholm (Mona) and Peter Jöback (Candy).
No word yet on when the cast recording is being released.
Lots of news about “Livet är en schlager” courtesy of a press release.
The show has been extended again by a further 48 performances taking it up to 25 April 2015. Tickets for these extra performances go on sale at 9am on Friday 21 November 2014.
Also on Friday, the first single from the upcoming cast recording will be released to radio. “När jag faller” (When I fall) is a duet with Peter Jöback and Helen Sjöholm. There are no further details about the release of the cast recording yet.
On Saturday 22 November 2014, a TV documentary taking you behind the scenes of the show will be broadcast on SVT1 at 16:50. “Livet är en Schlager – och hårt arbete” (Life is a pop song – and hard work) will also be available on SVT Play.
The full press release can be read here (in Swedish).
The musical “Livet är en schlager” has been extended until 17 January 2015 at Cirkus in Stockholm. Tickets can be booked here.
The first picture of Peter as Candy Darling, along with Helen Sjöholm as Mona in the new musical “Livet är en schlager” (Life is a pop song) has emerged.
Swedish gay magazine QX, has Peter and Helen on the cover of the September 2014 issue and an interview with Jonas Gardell, writer of the show.
Jonas revealed that the show is not based on the 2000 movie of the same name, but is a completely new script. Candy’s role is more developed in the musical. The songs are all new (except one), especially written for the musical by Frederik Kempe. The big finale number from the film “Aldrig ska jag sluta älska dig” (I will never stop loving you” will be in the musical.
The musical opens at Cirkus on 11 September 2014. The opening night is completely sold out. Tickets for other performances can be purchased from Ticnet. The show runs until 21 December 2014.
On 12 August 2014, Peter and Helen appeared on the popular TV show Allsång på Skansen, and performed a song from the upcoming musical, “Livet är en schlager”. The song is called “Som skapta för varann”.
The clip is still available for viewing at SVT Play. Click on the image above to be able to see it. It will be available until 11 September 2014.