Eurovision spin hits Helsinki theatre

by Richard West-Soley 99 views

Three stars from Finland's Eurovision Song Contest past are due to cause a stir on the Helsinki theatre scene when they guest star in a production of the musical Spin at Helsinki's Swedish Theatre, Svenska Teatern i Helsingfors this month.

Geir Rønning, the Norwegian who represented Finland at the 2005 international qualifier round in Kyiv, stars in the musical alongside Jari Sillanpää, Finland's 2004 candidate, and Tarja Turunen, who sang with Nightwish in the Finnish national selection of 2000. Geir is a true song contest veteran, having clocked up eleven attempts, most recently with Jorun Erdal in this year's Norwegian final. Surprises are in store for fans, as all three artists will be singing songs outside of their normal repertoire, although appearing as themselves.

Written by Douglas Pashley, a Canadian now living in Finland, Spin has already attracted international attention, and will see its Russian premiere in early 2007. The Svenska Teatern website proudly exclaims this to be the first time that a native Finnish musical concept has made the leap abroad. The show itself deals with the music industry, hence the opening for various guest stars to appear as personalities within that industry.

As all three stars are making their guest appearances on different dates, fans should consult the website of Svenska Teatern at this link to find out exact dates and times. The cycle of performances begins on March 14th, with Jari making the first showing.

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site