The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman
Sparks' Ron and Russell Mael have been commissioned by the Swedish National Public radio SR to write and produce an original radio musical. Sparks creation, “The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman,” is a musical fantasy based on the internationally acclaimed film director Ingmar Bergman.
Though his films' themes have traditionally centered on matters of death,faith,God's existence, and the struggle to find love and meaning in our lives, Bergman is confronted in the musical by the lure of a
mythological Hollywood seemingly at odds with all he stands for—a Hollywood that tempts him and ultimately tries to control him. What starts as an exploration by Bergman of the possible mutual benefits of
his working in Hollywood turns into a Kafkaesque nightmare, a nightmare ended with the aid of a most unlikely savior.
The radio musical will be broadcast in August 2009. An album with both the original Swedish/English version and an all English versionwill be released to coincide with the airing.
Sparks are planning to present the musical in a live format as well hoping to see the project be made in to a motion picture.