I am very excited to enter 2022! 2021 has not been the easiest year, but it has been filled with musical theatre magic.
My productions have been seen in three countries, in three different languages, and we have survived all challenges created by viruses.
My production of SPRING AWAKENING played in Gothenburg, Sweden, earlier in 2021. It was such a pleasure to get back to this magnificent script and direct it for the 4th time in my career. KINKY BOOTS has had once again a sold-out year in Tampere, Finland. I am so proud to realise this production enters its 4th year in Finland! My production of KINKY BOOTS was also featured at the 74th Annual Tony Awards in 2021 as part of the international Broadway community. This was a big moment for me, for the cast, and for the entire country of Finland.
SISTER ACT is going strong in Tartu, Estonia. Every single performance has been sold out, and every show receives standing ovations. The nuns are making Estonians crazy!
In October, we opened MATILDA in Tampere, Finland – and our brand new production received raving reviews from all papers and critics!! We received 5 star reviews after another. I personally am so happy and proud for all the children in the show, and how much they all have achieved and developed in this production. May this show have a long run, and not be challenged by viruses.
While all these productions have been performing, I have been in the rehearsal rooms for my upcoming productions of COME FROM AWAY and ANASTASIA. Both shows are set to open in 2022, and now we must just carefully look into how the possible restrictions develop. COME FROM AWAY is going to be something extraordinary, and a show the entire world should see. Especially during times like these. ANASTASIA is promising to be a beautiful, emotional story about Russia, the close neighbour of Finland. Culturally this is a special production.
This year will also introduce other great musicals, and more about those productions later.
Harjanne Company Ltd had a busy, tough, but a good year in 2021. I am happy to be a CEO of a company that succeeds taking care of their employees as well as to maintain the high level of artistic excellence. May year 2022 be full of happy moments and new exciting opportunities for Creative Team Management, and musical theatre creation. Happy New Year, everyone!