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Carmencita Rockefeller - Princess of Japan

Musical. Newly composed musical about an enterprising hairdresser from Malmö. Due to popular demand, we're back for more shows - this time on the Main Stage!

"What a cracking musical production" Göteborgs-Posten
"The word success hardly does it justice" SLA
"… several shivers of sensual pleasure run down the spine." Skövde Nyheter

Watch a film clip from Carmencita Rockefeller - Princess of Japan

In the 1970s, a hairdresser from Malmö thoroughly took in South Swedish society by putting herself forward as Carmencita Rockefeller – diplomat, cancer research scientist, member of the famous American oil and banking dynasty, and grandchild of the Japanese emperor. The deceit was staged with the help of her spouse who posed as her brother and said he was a CIA agent.

The libretto for this musical based on this true history have been written by the director, dramatist and actor Rikard Bergqvist, known to The Göteborg Opera audience through his musical dramas Zvea, Kråksång and Grymt!. For us, he has also directed the musicals My Fair Lady, The Rocky Horror Show and The Last Five Years as well as Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.

Carmencita Rockefeller - Princess of Japan is being staged as a collaborative production with Malmö Opera and Helsingborg City Theatre, where it had its first performance in winter 2013. In Skåne too, the title role was played by Anna-Maria Hallgarn, who made a special appearance here in the musicals Grymt! and Guys and Dolls.


  • Genre: Musical
  • Season: 2013/2014
  • First show: 5 Oct 2013
  • Last show: 1 Jun 2014
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: 2 hours and 25 minutes, including 1 interval.


Music   Martin Östergren, Sara Jangfeldt and Mathias Venge
Direction, manuscript and lyrics   Rikard Bergqvist
Set and Costume Design    Tomas Sjöstedt
Light design   Joakim Brink
Choreography   Camilla Ekelöf
Band Master    Rickard Åström

Takes part

Carmencita    Anna-Maria Hallgarn
Åke    Rolf Lydahl
Bing   Joachim Bergström
Texas Bill   Timo Nieminen
The Colonel’s Wife    Karolin Funke
The Judge, Fyrstjärnan    Lars Hjertner
The Judge’s Wife    Nina Norblad
Texas Bill’s Wife    Karolina Krigsman
Keyboard   Rickard Åström
Violin   Erika Risinger
Guitar   Mats Jenséus
Bas   Viktor Turegård
Drums   Per Svenner