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Sweden’s ABBA and Pippi Longstocking Meet at the Circus

ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus has adapted a Pippi Longstocking story, written by popular Swedish children’s books author Astrid Lindgren, into a musical show.

ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus with Ida Breimo, who plays the role of the mega-strong Pippi Longstocking

They are connected by their country of origin and their international success: Björn Ulvaeus, member of the Sweden’s most successful band, ABBA, is adapting a story from arguably Sweden’s most popular children’s book series, Pippi Longstocking, into a musical.

“Pippi at the Circus” celebrates its premiere at the Cirkus venue in Stockholm, on July 12.

The circus musical is based on Astrid Lindgren’s short story from the late 1960s. “I grew up with it,” said Ulvaeus, who was raised just 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Astrid Lindgren’s hometown of Vimmerby, about Pippi’s adventure.

The first Pippi Longstocking volume was published in 1945, just months after Björn Ulvaeus was born.

The musical was originally due to premiere in 2020 — on the 75th anniversary of Lindgren’s first work. The pandemic thwarted those plans. … Link to full length article at DW