rosemathilde said: Kiitos ihanasta blogista! En oo aiemmin tajunnut, kuinka paljon Suomessa onkaan hyviä musikaaleja! :)
Ole hyvä – ja kiitoksia sinulle, tosi mukava kuulla että tykkäät! :)
Anonymous said: How old are you?
Anonymous said: Have you seen Helsingin kaupunginteatteris Mien menestyä vaivatta liike-elämässä?
I have. And I really liked it! I’m usually all about dark and depressing musicals, but this one was so cute and so genuinely funny, I couldn’t stop laughing. A true feel-good piece!
In case you wish to know more, you can read a review I wrote about the production in my musical reviews blog. :)
Anonymous said: Who is your favorite finnish actor, and why do you like finnish musical theatre so much?
Ooh. Goodness. Thank you so much for this question – and prepare for a long answer!
When I first fell in love with musical theatre, I thought the Finnish musical scene is nothing compared to West End. Gradually, I realised how wrong I was: if you’re willing to travel in between cities a bit to see theatre, there’s actually a huge variety of musicals in this country. Large-scale productions, smaller shows, original Finnish shows, Broadway shows… It’s not a perfect mix (if you ask me, professional theatres could give both jukebox shows and often-seen classics such as Fiddler on the Roof and Sound of Music a rest), but still, it’s interesting and varied.
It is also mindblowing how much talent there is involved in Finnish musical productions. The actors, the directors, the visual designers, the musicians… We have some world-class talent right here in Finland. Some of the smaller theatres have also shown me that you don’t have to have a world-class budget to deliver a world-class show.
With this blog, I want to try to challenge the preconception that true musical talent can only be found in West End and on Broadway. Sadly, some Finns seem to think so (I should know, I had those thoughts when I first got into musicals), but it’s simply not true! Good theatre can be found anywhere. Of course, Finnish musical theatre has its flops and failures. But the good productions are just as amazing as the best shows I’ve seen in London. Or even better!
As for actors – it’s hard to choose, there are so many talented people I really like. But if I have to pick a handful…
Severi Saarinen (link goes to his fyeahfinnishmusicaltheatre tag). For me, his Utterson was the absolute highlight of Turun kaupunginteatteri’s Jekyll & Hyde. It’s actually one of the strongest musical performances I’ve ever seen. He both made me smile and then broke my heart during the course of the show. I’ve been a big fan ever since. He’s acting in a children’s musical in Tampereen Työväen Teatteri at the moment, but I really hope there are more grown-up musical roles in store for him soon!
Anna Victoria Eriksson. She can do funny, she can do heartbreaking, and her voice is absolutely gorgeous. I first saw her as u/s Éponine in Åbo Svenska Teater. I actually liked her better than the principal actress… I’ve been her fan ever since and I’m so glad to see her as the leading lady of Helsingin kaupunginteatteri’s newest musical.
Tuukka Leppänen. He’s been a favourite of mine from the very first Finnish musical I ever saw, Cats in Lahden kaupunginteatteri in 2008. So I’m always looking forward to seeing him in anything. In my opinion, he was especially amazing as Gabe in Helsingin kaupunginteatteri’s Next to Normal – the performance was full of captivating, almost frightening energy. Such a shame he’s not doing a musical this fall.
I’d also like to give a shoutout to a frequent visitor from Sweden, Alexander Lycke. Jean Valjean, Jesus, Jamie Wellerstein… In my books at least, he’s an honorary Finnish musical star, and one of my favourites. His voice is huge. Here’s his Bring Him Home.
This is not a definitive list, nor are these four by any means my only favourites. But they’re some of the musical actors I like the best at the moment!