61-year-old writer, TV producer and comics partner Ricky Gervais said it was “like a dream come true” to have Got You Back transformed for the stage. It features hits like Listen To Your Heart, It Must Have Been Love and Come Back Before You Leave.
She said, “I love musicals and I love Scandinavia and I love Roxette’s music, so it’s like a dream come true. I’m so happy to be a part of this production.”
His sassy thriller is about a cheating husband’s wife teaming up with his unsuspecting mistress to exact revenge on him.
The musical is set to open in fall 2024 in Malmö, Sweden, with a script by Swedish playwright and director Klas Abrahamsson.
Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson sold over 80 million albums after forming Roxette in 1986. Fredriksson died, aged 61, in 2019 after a 17-year battle with cancer.
Gessle said: “My immediate feeling is that Roxette’s music is perfect for a musical, a rich pile of songs with lots of familiar melodies. The blend of our heritage and the brilliant story of Jane Fallon feels like a heavenly marriage. I look forward to this exciting project.”
Earlier this year, Gervais, 60, praised Scandinavian TV, revealing he and Jane were watching foreign dramas because of the “bad acting” on UK shows.
“Scandinavian and European dramas take more risks. Nothing is episodic, procedural or formulaic,” said the creator of The Office, Extras and After Life.
“We receive the best programs from every country in the world, their greatest hits.”
Fallon has published 11 novels since Getting Rid Of Matthew in 2007 with UK sales exceeding one million.
The couple, who live in north London, have been together since 1982 after meeting as students.
Gervais said they chose not to marry because “there is no point in us having a real ceremony in front of God’s eyes because there is no God”.