HERE & NOW Connie Nielsen to host HCA 2005-opening show

Denmark's most celebrated international movie star, Connie Nielsen, will play host at the opening show of the Andersen bicentenary in Copenhagen on 2 April.

By on - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 13 March 2005

Following her success in Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's box-office hit Brothers, Denmark's most celebrated international movie star, Connie Nielsen, is now set to host the opening show of the Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary, entitled "Once Upon a Time", which will be staged at the national soccer stadium in Copenhagen, Parken, on Saturday 2 April 2005 at 9 pm.

It will be Connie Nielsen's first live appearance in front of a Danish audience ever. The star from Return to Sender, Gladiator and Brothers is to host the show which includes introducing guest performers, co-presenters, Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors and create a flow for the entire show.

"Once Upon A Time" is a 120-minute show that in words, film, dance and music will convey the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen. The stadium will be transformed into an enchanted fairytale world featuring a number of short films created for the occasion depicting Andersen's life. Each fairytale will be staged in dance and music by a cast of hundreds of international performers from around the world. Connie Nielsen joins a host of international celebrities performing at the show including Jean Michel Jarre, American opera star Renée Flemming, Safri Duo and the Royal Danish Ballet.

The Danish royal family and representatives of the Danish government will attend the show along with all the Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors from around the world as well as a host of other dignitaries.

Tickets for the show are available at BilletNet, Tel.: +45 7015 6565, or online at, and at Billetlugen, Tel. +45 70 263 267 or online at

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