A Furniture Musical Saga
Playwrights/Composors: Erik Gedeon & Klas Abrahamsson
Translator: Ann Henning Jocelyn
Musical Director: Micah Young
Director: Alicia House
Cast: Ryan McCurdy, Anette Norgaard, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Anna Widegren Walden, Jeremy Rafal, Frank Poon
About the play
Ingvar! – A Musical Furniture Saga is a highly original, humorous tribute to ‘the good capitalist’, personified by the late Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, and his ambition ‘to furnish the homes of ordinary Swedes’. Starting out with another catastrophic afternoon at the Stock Exchange: Brokers despair over their many losses and the uncertain future of the capitalist system. In their desperate search for future hope for the world and the economic system, light in the darkness, they recall the one ‘good exception’: IKEA and Mr Kamprad. With gradually increasing enthusiasm, their collective recollections follow this success story, from impoverished childhood to a global concern.
about the writers/composers
Erik Gedeon was born in Bern, Switzerland, is a Swiss/Swedish playwright, director and composer. From 1993 to 2000 he was active as a musical director, director and composer at Schauspielhaus Hanover in Germany and other German theaters. He has his own style of musical theater, often with a hugely entertaining dose of provocative, black humor. In 2009, “The Wonder of Sweden – A Musical Furniture Saga” opened in Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, in cooperation with Hamburger Schauspielhaus; the libretto by Swedish playwright Klas Abrahamsson with music influenced by Swedish folk music. “Ingvar! A Musical Furniture Saga” premiered in Malmö, Sweden in 2010, where it opened to great acclaim and won a major award. It has since been produced by several Swedish companies and shown on Swedish TV.
Klas Abrahamsson (Playwright/Composer) has worked as a dramatist for the stage, television and film, since the early 1990’s. One of his greatest audience successes has been “Ingvar! A Musical Furniture Saga” (2009), which he wrote with the Swiss-Swede Erik Gedeon. Another successful and provocatively funny musical drama penned by the winning duo of Klas Abrahamsson and Erik Gedeon is “My Friend the Fascist” (2012) which has been played with great success at various theaters. He has also written the opera, “The Truth Beyond” (2016) with the composer Fredrik Sixten, based on the novelist Henning Mankell’s character, police officer Kurt Wallander. Klas Abrahamsson’s plays have been translated into several languages.
about the directors
Micah Young is a music director, composer and writer. Music director: Fun Home (1st Nat’l), Pageant (Drama Desk – Best Revival), A Christmas Memory (Outer Critics Circle – Best Musical), Crossing Swords, (Award winning Best Music Director in the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2013). Broadway: White Christmas, Mamma Mia, Spring Awakening, Chicago, Promises, Promises, Mary Poppins, Porgy and Bess, Bye, Bye Birdie, Cinderella. Off-Broadway/Regional: Murder Ballad (Studio Theatre), Lincoln in Love (Goodspeed Opera House). Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Metropolitan Room, and Joe’s Pub, NYC. His training includes the Professional Musical Theatre Workshop with Paul Gemignani, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Manhattan School of Music with Constance Keene and Maria Asteriadou.
Alicia Dhyana House has a passion for collaborating with courageous artists from around the world and enjoys the challenge of investigating the world we live in by interweaving multiple artistic disciplines and perspectives into provocative and meaningful work. She has been described as a “creative visionary who puts the human condition front and center.” Alicia’s work has been seen at BAM, London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Patravadi Theatre (Thailand), and co-directed SATC’s Off-Broadway debut “Bastards of Strindberg”. She has been a professor and guest director at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Fordham University. She received her MFA in directing from Columbia University where she was awarded the Richard Rodgers Fellowship.
Presented by arrangement with Columbine Teaterförlag