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Friday, August 8, 2014

Straight To NYC - From Iceland

The theme of a new musical called “Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter” is the global financial crisis of 2008,  particularly in the island country of Iceland where a banking bubble in the 2000s lent its people an unsustainable prosperity before bursting. It's remarkable enough that an author can find a producer for a show with such a title and such a theme, but the real miracle is that Ivar Pall Jonsson, a former journalist from Reykjavik, managed to get it produced as a world premiere in New York. All of its budget of $1.3 million comes from Icelandic investors. The new rock musical with the unusually long title will have an American cast and a British choreographer and is slated to open next Wednesday.

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