ABBA Members Spar Over Musical Script
ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson went to court yesterday (Oct. 17) in a failed attempt to settle a dispute about who wrote the script to one of their musicals.ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson went to court yesterday (Oct. 17) in a failed attempt to settle a dispute about who wrote the script to one of their musicals.
Ulvaeus and Andersson appeared at Stockholm District Court to try to solve a decade-long feud about the script to "Kristina From Duvemala," which has been seen by more than 1 million people in Sweden and is expected to move to Broadway in the coming years.
Writer Carl-Johan Seth told the court that he should be considered the main writer, a claim disputed by Ulvaeus and Andersson. While Seth was originally hired to write the script, they said, his work was later completely revised by director Lars Rudolfsson and dramatist Jan Mark.
The two sides were unable to agree on how the rights to the script should be divided, which means the case will likely go to trial next year, Swedish news agency TT reported.
"We worked for two or three years without getting anywhere with your script," TT quoted Ulvaeus as telling Seth during the court negotiations. "When Rudolfsson came in, it just started rolling."
The musical is based on novels by Swedish writer Wilhelm Moberg, depicting the journey by Swedish emigrants to America in 1850. Ulvaeus and Andersson wrote the songs and music for the play.
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