The Musical World of Boublil and Schönberg

The Creators of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, and The Pirate Queen

Series: Applause Books
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Format: Softcover
Composers: Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil
Author: Margaret Vermette

Two Frenchmen, an idea, and a blank piece of paper. That's how it started. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg are the creators of the multi-award-winning and much-loved musicals Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre and now an exciting new work The Pirate Queen. Les Misérables alone has been seen by over 53 million people.

The Musical World of Boublil and Schönberg is the first book to offer a comprehensive look behind the closed doors of these intensely private musical theatre giants. Boublil and Schönberg take center stage and talk openly about their methods and the creative processes involved in writing the book, the music, and the lyrics. Additional interviews from collaborators such as their co-writers Herbert Kretzmer, Richard Maltby, Stephen Clark, and John Dempsey; their directors Trevor Nunn, John Caird, Nicholas Hytner, Conall Morrison, and Frank Galati; the choreographer of The Pirate Queen, Mark Dendy; and their long-time producer Cameron Mackintosh gives the reader a full view into their successful process. Full-color production photographs tell the story of each musical.

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$19.95 (US)
Inventory #HL 00000463
ISBN: 9781557837158
UPC: 884088085209
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
408 pages


“Fans and students of musical theater will welcome this book... Lovers of theater will enjoy the behind-the-scenes stories... Recommended for large public libraries, academic libraries, and all theater collections.” Library Journal (May 2007)

“Vermette has written a fascinating biography of these two artists...” Playbill (June 2007)

“A real treat for musical theatre lovers.” (May 2007)

“What's really remarkable about the book [is that] instead of getting a cut-and-dry recounting of the worksÉyou get a really personal view of what went into making them happenÉfrom the moment when Boublil and Schonberg first conceived of them all the way through their opening nights.” American Theater Web (April 2007)

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