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Alain Boublil is a librettist, best known for his collaborations with the composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. These include: Claude-Michel Schönberg (born 1944) is a Jewish-French record producer, actor, singer, popular songwriter, and musical theatre composer, best known for his collaborations with the librettist Alain Boublil. ...

Alain Boublil’s first musical, La Révolution Française, was the first-ever staged French rock-opera. It debuted in 1973 in Paris. The composer was Claude-Michel Schonberg, with whom Alain has since collaborated on a number of successful projects, including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Les Misérables first opened in Paris in 1980. On October 8, 1985, an English-language production of Les Misérables produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn premiered in London at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Barbican Theatre. The show transferred to the West End’s Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985. Now in its 20th year, it is the third longest-running musical in West End history (behind Starlight Express and Cats). 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Les Misérables programme from Palace Theatre purchased for £5 in July 2003. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Title page of Arrest Memorable, an account of the case written by one of the trial judges in 1560 and published in 1565 Martin Guerre, a French peasant of the 16th century, was at the center of a famous case of imposture. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Pirate Queen is a musical based on the life of the 16th century Irish chieftain, adventuress and pirate Grace OMalley. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (282nd in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... Portrait of Cosette by Emile Bayard, from the original edition of Les Misérables (1862) Les Misérables (trans. ... Sir Cameron Mackintosh (born 17 October 1946 in Enfield) is a successful British theatrical producer. ... Sir Trevor King (born 14 January 1940) is a loser and film director. ... The Royal Shakespeare Company is a British theatre company, one of the most influential in the country. ... December 4 is the 338th day (339th on leap years) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Broadway Logo, 1987 // Introduction Starlight Express is a through-composed rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Richard Stilgoe (lyrics), with later revisions by Don Black and David Yazbek. ... Veerle Casteleyn as Jemima CATS is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (ALW) in 1978/1979 based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. ...

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Les Misérables

Productions based on the Nunn/Mackintosh staging of Les Misérables have been put on all over the world, including a second French production which opened in Paris in 1991. Worldwide, Les Misérables has been seen by over 50 million people, with a total box office gross of over $1.8 billion. Les Misérables programme from Palace Theatre purchased for £3 in July 2003. ... Portrait of Cosette by Emile Bayard, from the original edition of Les Misérables (1862) Les Misérables (trans. ...


53 productions have been presented in 34 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia,Benland, Denmark, Eire (Ireland), England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The United States and Wales.


Over 36,000 performances have been presented in 212 cities including a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the 10th anniversary. Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences is an arts venue dedicated to Queen Victorias husband and consort, Prince Albert. ...


There are currently 9 productions around the world: London, New York, the U.S. National Tour, Budapest (Hungary), Tokyo (Japan, in repertory), Bonn (Germany, in repertory), Gyor (Hungary, in repertory), Chemnitz (Germany) and Detmold (Germany) and a Scandinavian concert tour (featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and a cast of 170) traveling to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland that began in October 2002). Upcoming productions include: the long-awaited Mexican premiere in Mexico City (November 2002) and Saarbruecken, Germany (December 2002), and concert versions in Australia and several other nations. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is an English orchestra based in London. ...


In June 2002, the U.S. National Tour traveled to Shanghai, becoming the first Broadway/West End musical ever to play China.

  • Les Misérables has been performed in 20 languages: Argentinean, Castilian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Mauritian Creole, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish.

There have been 31 cast recordings, with the Original London Cast Recording awarded Triple-Platinum status in the U.K. and Gold status awarded to three U.S. recordings: the Original Broadway Cast, the Complete Symphonic Recording and the Complete Symphonic Recording Highlights.

  • Les Misérables has won over 50 international awards, including 8 Tony Awards (including Best Musical). Alain collected the coveted Tony on two occasions, for Best Book and Best Score, as well as 2 Grammy Awards for Best Original Cast Recording for the Broadway Cast Recording (1988) and the Complete Symphonic Recording (1991). The 1991 Paris production earned Alain 2 Victoires de la Musique and a Molière award.
  • Les Misérables opened at The Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987. On October 17, 1990, it moved to The Imperial Theatre to make way for the Broadway production of Miss Saigon.

The New York production has been seen by 9 million people. What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music...


The Broadway production has grossed more than $390 million and recently surpassed Chorus Line as the longest running musical on the Broadway stage.


421 actors have performed in the Broadway Company, including: 13 Valjeans, 18 Javerts, 23 Fantines, 21 Eponines, 11 Cosettes, 14 Marius’s, 5 Thénardiers, 10 Madame Thénardiers, 11 Enjolras’s, 40 Gavroches and 45 Young Cosettes.


1,633 people have worked on the show in various capacities.


210 people are currently employed in direct association with the show.


477 shows have opened on Broadway since Les Misérables and 461 have closed.


6 U.S. Presidents have seen Les Misérables: Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter and Nixon.


There have been over 200,000 total revolutions of the now famous on-stage turntable.


Each performance uses 392 costumes, consisting of 1,782 items and 31 wigs.


In the US, Over 25 million people have attended the four U.S. productions (New York and three National Tours).


721 actors have performed in the four U.S. companies.


42 states and the District of Columbia have hosted Les Misérables.


141 cities have hosted the American National Company of Les Misérables.


St. Paul, Minnesota holds the record for Les Misérables engagements: 9 times.


269 U.S. schools will perform Les Misérables, School Edition during the first year that the rights have been made at last available (July 2002 – July 2003). Les Misérables is the first musical ever to become available for school productions while still playing on Broadway, in the West End and in productions around the world.


Miss Saigon

Main article: Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon opened in London on September 20th, 1989 where it played for 10 consecutive successful years at the Drury Lane Theatre. It spawned two US touring companies, a Toronto production and has been seen by more than 13.2 million people in North America for a gross of $612 million. The current US national touring production concludes its phenomenally successful run of more than five years this August in Buffalo. Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. ... Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Internationally, Miss Saigon has been performed in nine countries: Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, having been seen by more than 28 million. A new production will open in the Philippines, starring Lea Salonga, later this year.


The Broadway production of Miss Saigon broke several records during the course of its phenomenal run: the largest advance ticket sale in Broadway history ($37 million); the most expensive production ever at its time ($10.9 million); the longest-running show ever to play the landmark Broadway Theater (having surpassed the runs of Fiddler on the Roof, Evita and Gypsy); and the highest ticket price ever for a musical at the time ($100 for front mezzanine seats during its first year), which enabled the production to pay back its investors in an astonishing 39 weeks.

  • Miss Saigon collected numerous awards all over the world including the Evening Standard Drama Award. It received 11 Tony nominations in 1991, including Best Musical, and won three (for Pryce and Salonga as Actor and Actress in a Musical, and Hinton Battle as Best Featured Actor).
  • Miss Saigon also received the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.

The Broadway company of Miss Saigon has employed 155 actors in its nine years. All U.S. companies of Miss Saigon combined have employed 421 actors. Hinton Battle (b. ...


The Bui Doi Fund was established, whereby the proceeds of a certain number of house seats at each performance of the show around the world would be donated to various Southeast Asian refugee relief programs and organizations. A total of $3.5 million has been distributed to charities throughout the world by the Bui Doi Fund.


The Broadway cast of Miss Saigon has raised more than $1.1 million through various fund-raising activities for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS since the show’s premiere in 1991.


Other works

Martin Guerre then followed and won the 1997 Olivier Award for Best Musical. After touring the UK and the US, the show will enjoy its European debut in 2003 in Barcelona. Title page of Arrest Memorable, an account of the case written by one of the trial judges in 1560 and published in 1565 Martin Guerre, a French peasant of the 16th century, was at the center of a famous case of imposture. ...


Alain has also written the play Le Journal d'Adam et Eve, based on two short stories by Mark Twain. It premiered in Paris in 1994 at Le Petit Montparnasse. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, novelist, writer, and lecturer. ...


He has recently published his first novel Les Dessous de soi, published by Flammarion. The book was awarded the Prince Maurice du Roman d’Amour.


He has worked on the stage adaptation of Jacques Demy’s Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, together with the illustrious composer Michel Legrand, that opened at Le Palais des Congrès in September 2003. Michel Legrand (born February 24, 1932 in Paris) is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor and pianist. ...


Boublil's latest project with Schönberg is The Pirate Queen, a musical about the 16th century Irish pirate, chieftain and adventuress Grace O'Malley. The Pirate Queen is currently under development, and is scheduled to have its debut at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre in fall 2006. The Pirate Queen is a musical based on the life of the 16th century Irish chieftain, adventuress and pirate Grace OMalley. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Gráinne Mhaol (Irish name Gráinne Ní Mháille, also known as Gráinne Mhaol or Granuaile, English name Grace OMalley) (c. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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