Just four days ahead of Charlotte Perrelli’s Stockholm debut in the musical Evita and two of her costumes have been stolen.
It’s not known how the two lavish dresses were taken from the singer’s wardrobe in her dressing room at Stockholm’s famous Göta Lejon theatre on Tuesday. But the thieves managed to get away with the costumes as well as shoes and jewellery to the value of 170,000SEK, as reported to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
Perrelli herself told the paper, We are in shock. We’ve not had time to go through everything, but clothes have disappeared from more wardrobes than just mine. Everyone here is on the verge of tears. We don’t know how we’re going to get through the first show.
The show’s producer Åsa Holmgren echoed Perrelli’s sentiments. There’s seven or eight days’ work that goes into making each of these dresses, she said. We don’t know what we’re going to do.
She did, however, confirm the Stockholm premiere will go ahead on Saturday as planned.
Charlotte Perrelli first played the title role in Evita at the Malmö Opera House back in September 2012. The musical, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also wrote My Time, the United Kingdom’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, and lyrics by Tim Rice, follows the life and career of Eva Perón, second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón.
This is not the first time her role in Evita has caused Charlotte Perrelli a headache. Only last week she was issued with a speeding ticket while in a hurry to get to the theatre.
The singer won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999 with the song Take me to your heaven. More recently, in 2008 she competed again, coming in 18th place with the song Hero at the contest’s grand final. In 2012 Charlotte Perrelli entered Melodifestivalen with the Fredrik Kempe-penned track, The girl. She failed to qualify from her heat.