In December 2011, Swedish singing star Peter Jöback came to Berlin to film the third part in his trio of programmes for SVT1, ‘Med Hjärtat som Insats’ ( ‘With The Heart At Stake’)
For the programme, Peter started his journey in New York, tracing the history of ’the crooner’. He met Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, took singing lessons from surely the most eccentric vocal coach in New York and, finally, took to the stage of a Times Square supper club to perform a song specially written for the occasion .
His next stop was Paris, in search of the great artists like Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour. Mlle. Piaf was, not surprisingly, unavailable for comment. M. Aznavour was, but strictly off camera.
In Berlin, Peter wanted to explore the history of the famous cabarets of the 1920′s and the artists that were at its’ core. One particular theme of this was the character of Sally Bowles, from Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye To Berlin, made famous by Liza Minnelli in the film Cabaret.
We met up on a cold, Monday afternoon and went for a walk around Isherwood’s Neighbourhood.
Peter Jöback is Sweden’s most successful male solo artist, selling over a million albums and winning three Swedish Grammy awards. He played the MC in Cabaret in Copenhagen and in Sweden, winning his second Tony award. He is currently starring in The Phantom Of The Opera in London.