The Forest Roberts Theatre Presents
A New Production of Boublil and Schönberg’s
Les Misérables is licensed by Music Theatre International (MTI)
by arrangement with CAMERON MACKINTOSH, LTD.
Nov. 13-16 in the FRT
Directed by Ansley Valentine
In 19th Century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, but is pursued by Police Inspector Javert, who refuses to believe that Valjean can change his ways. In the end, however, Javert must confront his ideas about Valjean in the gripping conclusion of this international hit.
About the Show:
LES MISERABLES, a sung-through musical based on the novel of the same name, had its world premiere in September of 1980 at the Palais des Sports in Paris. The production was directed by filmmaker Robert Hossein and ran for over 100 performances.
Following the world premiere run of the original French version, Herbert Kretzmer and James Fenton were given the task of adapting the material into an English. This new version, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, opened on October 8, 1985 at the Barbican Arts Centre in London. The original cast included such notables as Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball, and Patti LuPone.
On December 4, 1985, the world premiere production of the English version transferred to the Palace Theatre in London. It eventually moved once more on April 3, 2004, to the Queen's Theatre. It has become the second longest-running musical in the world and the second longest-running show on the West End.
LES MISERABLES made its journey across the pond in December of 1986. The musical received its U.S. premiere and out-of-town tryout at the Kennedy Center's Opera House in Washington D.C. It then premiered on Broadway on March 12, 1987 at The Broadway Theatre. In October of 1990, the production moved to the Imperial Theatre, where it subsequently played over 6,500 performances. The original production closed on May 18, 2003, and has become the third longest running Broadway musical in history.
Only three years later, a limited revival began on November 9, 2006, at the Broadhurst Theatre. This cast included Norm Lewis, Gary Beach, and Celia-Keenan Bolger. The production closed on January 6, 2008.
Since its premiere in the 1980s, LES MISERABLES has also received several significant concert performances, international mountings, and national U.S. tours. The original North American tour ran for seventeen years and over 7,000 performances. As of 2012, four different U.S. national tours have been produced.
Source: Music Theatre International (MTI)
Jean Valjean - Paul Truckey
Javert - Jerimie Newcomb
Javert Understudy - James Porras II
Fantine - Erin Resteiner
Fantine Understudy - Erin Morgan
Cosette - Sara Parks
Cosette Understudy - Jill Vermeulen
Marius – Ethan Bott
Marius Understudy - Billy Raveau
Eponine – Jesse Morrow
Eponine Understudy - Laura Thompson
Enjolras – James Porras II
Enjolras Understudy - Devin Murphy
Thenardier – Jacob Laitenen
Thenardier Understudy - Ethan Burk
Mme. Thenardier – Monica Nordeen
Mme. Thenardier Understudy - Alexandra Marks
Gavroche – Jeremiah Ogawa
Gavroche Understudy - Karen Ludwig
Little Cosette – Amelia Bishop/Delaney Parks
Young Eponine – Amelia Bishop/Delaney Parks
The Bishop of Digne - David Dagenais
The Foreman - Ethan Burk
Bamatbois - Luke Speicher
Fauchelevant - Ethan Burk
Montparnasse - Devin Murphy
Babet - Shane Vincent
Brujon - Andy Lawrence
Claquesous - Ethan Burk
Combeferre - Shane O’Connor
Feuilly - Billy Raveau
Courfeyrac - Luke Speicher
Joly - Sam Arsenault
Grantaire - Brian Dettman
Lesgles - Zachary Erickson
Jean Prouvaire - Ben Bickler
Ensemble - Sam Arsenault, Ben Bickler, Ethan Bott, Ethan Burk, David Dagenais, Jake DeLong, Brian Dettman, Zachary Erickson, Alycia Heckathorn, Jake Laitinen, Andy Lawrence, Karen Ludwig, Megan Ludwig, Alexandra Marks, Erin Morgan, Devin Murphy, Monica Nordeen, Shane O’Connor, James Porras II, Billy Raveau, Erin Resteiner, Mariah Rosado, Luke Speicher, Dorsey Sprouls, Beth Thiele, Laura Thompson, Liz Trueblood, Jill Vermeulen, Shane Vincent, Amanda Woods
Sam Arsenault (Joly) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University, originally from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, who is ecstatic to be part of Les Mis as an actor playing Innkeeper, Pimp, Drunk and Joly. He has been in many theater productions previously, including: Dark of the Moon as John, and Urinetown: The Musical as Cladwell. In his free time he enjoys dirt biking, camping, making a pun of jokes, rock climbing and leaving extra time on microwaves.
Ben Bickler (Jean Prouvaire) is a freshman at NMU. His first show was Guys and Dolls during his sophomore year of high school. Since then, Ben has been in several plays both in school and in the community. He hopes to, one day, have a job related to theatre or acting. “Acting is my dream, even if I never make any money off of it. Acting is a big part of my life.”
Amelia Bishop (Young Cosette, Young Eponine) performed in her first play at the age of three. She enjoys singing, ballet, theatre and playing piano. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, gymnastics, music, and art. This is Amelia’s first play at NMU and she is grateful for this amazing opportunity. Lake Superior Youth Theatre: Kids Sing Broadway, Scrooge, Once Upon a Mattress,Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker, Willy Wonka Jr., Annie Jr., The Little Mermaid and Honk Jr. Lake Superior Theatre: Beacon on the Rock. North Star Academy:Hansel and Gretel.
Ethan Bott (Marius) is currently a senior at Marquette Senior High School and is thrilled to be undertaking the role of Marius Pontmercy. Ethan’s most recent performances include Joe Trenarry in Beacon On the Rock (Lake Superior Theatre), Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid Jr. (Lake Superior Youth Theatre) and Aaron Schultz in Legally Blonde (FRT).
Ethan Burk (Foreman, Claquesous, Fauchelevant, u/s Thenardier) is very excited to be part of the theatre this year. He previously performed in NMU’s production of Avenue Q and looks forward to expanding upon his theatrical experience.
David Dagenais (The Bishop of Digne) is a native of Marquette and a 1983 graduate of NMU. Dagenais has directed and appeared on many local stages including Lake Superior Theatre, PAAC, Superior Arts Council, and The Gwinn Area Community where he also teaches band, choral music and drama. Dave is also the Senior Choir Director at Messiah Lutheran Church. Offstage, he enjoys running, snowshoeing and stand up paddleboarding. Dave dedicates his performance in Les Misérables to the memory of his mother, Cass Dagenais. Hugs to Aaron, Ashley, and Corbin.
Jacob DeLong (Ensemble) is a junior at Northern Michigan University as a theater major. Jacob’s recent shows have included: All Shook Up (Elkhart Civic) Legally Blonde, Frat Boy/Dance Captain (FRT) 1776 (FRT) and Hairspray (Elkhart Civic). Jacob would like to thank his parents and his friends for the support along the way and hopes to have an awesome season here at the Forest Roberts Theatre!
Brian Dettmann (Grantaire) Credits include: Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Enjolras in Les Misérables, Tommy in Annie Get Your Gun, Horton in Seussical, and Scheoeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Television credits include: The Big C on Showtime, and How to Make It in America on HBO. Brian is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC.
Zachary Erickson (Lesgles) is a freshman who is currently undeclared, but with an avid love of theatre. Zach was very active in his high school drama club at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School in Chetek, Wisconsin. He was in productions such as Bye Bye Birdie, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Pride and Prejudice. He was also in charge of set and artistic design for the productions. He is very excited to be with such an amazingly talented cast for his first production at the Forest Roberts.
Alycia Heckathorn (Ensemble) has appeared on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage as Vivienne Kensington-Legally Blonde, Charles Thompson-1776, Naomi-Naomi in the Living Room, and Ladybird-A Year with Frog and Toad. Alycia would like to thank the NMU faculty and staff for the wonderful education she has received in her time at NMU.
Jake Laitinen (Thenardier) has done plays since he was a child of 6. Jake loves being on stage, “Its where I am most comfortable.” He has been in Fiddler on the Roof as Tevye, Pirates of Pennzance as The Pirate King, The Snail with the Mail in A Year with Frog and Toad, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Brigadoon, Rocky Horror as Riff Raff and Eddie. He was in over 10 choirs at one time and has been studying voice since 2007. He loves long walks on the beach and cuddling next to a fire.
Andrew Lawrence (Ensemble) is a sophomore theater tech/design and music education major at NMU. This is his second show at NMU, his first being 1776 (ASM). He has done two community theatre shows: Beauty and The Beast (PSM)and Secret Garden (Dreamer). He did shows all through high school including Grease, Oklahoma, Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Oliver, Mousetrap, Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula.
Karen Ludwig (Ensemble, u/s Gavroche) has been in theater for about 4 years.She has been in Willy Wonka Jr., Annie Jr. (playing Annie), The Little Mermaid Jr., and now, Les Misérables. She enjoys being up on a stage and being another character. “Theater can be challenging, but it is worth it in the end.” Some extra curricular activities that she’s involved with are student council, voice lessons, cross country, band (French horn and piano). She loves to run, as well as play soccer. Theater is everything to Karen. “I meet so many new people and learn so much. It is an amazing experience!”
Megan Ludwig (Ensemble) is 12 years old and very energetic, hard working and ready for a challenge. The shows that she’s been a part of include Willy Wonka Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and now Les Misérables. She loves theatre and gymnastics. In school, she runs cross country, plays percussion and the piano. She has a twin sister and an older sister and “We all love music!”
Alexandra Marks (Ensemble, u/s Mme. Thenardier) is a theater major with minors in music and art and design. Some of her favorite high school productions were Macbeth, The Wiz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Matchmaker, Dark of the Moon. She has performed at the FRT in 1776 as Abigail Adams, Fallujah as Woman, Paulette in Legally Blonde, and Kate Monster in Avenue Q (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre).She also was a part of the Lake Superior Theatre 2013 Season, in Beacon on the Rock, and Pirates of Penzance. She would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support.
Erin Renee Morgan (Ensemble, u/s Fantine) Erin fell in love with theatre at a young age while doing shows with her mother at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She has since worked as a music director, costume designer and actress for the Vista Theatre and FRT. Recent credits include Night of the Living Dead, Peter Pan, Rocky Horror Show, Legally Blonde, and Waiting for Orson, which traveled to the Capital Fringe Festival.
Jesse Morrow (Eponine) is a theater major and aspiring actress at NMU. In her hometown, Kalamazoo, Michigan, she has played such roles as Raja Englanderova in I Never Saw Another Butterfly and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She was last seen on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage in 1776 as James Wilson and in Fallujah as the Iraqi Women, respectively. “I am so grateful and proud to be a part of our wonderful production of Les Misérables!”
Devin Murphy (Montparnasse, u/s Enjolras) has appeared in Ishpeming High School’s productions of The Music Man (Harold Hill) Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), and in Lake Superior Theatre’s Beacon on the Rock (Craig McLaughlin) and The Pirates of Penzance (Police).
Jerimie Newcomb (Javert) is a director, actor and stage manager from Akron, Ohio. He is in his first year of graduate school here at NMU. Directing credits include David and Lisa, Furies, Land of the Dead, Rabbit Hole, Mr. Marmalade, Love at Twenty, Coax, Helter Skelter, The Red Badge of Courage, and Next Fall. Acting credits include: Talk to Me Like The Rain and Let Me Listen (Man), Huck Finn’s Story (Pap/Duke), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour). Jerimie holds a bachelor of arts in theatre studies (directing) from Kent State University. Much love and thanks to RN, JS, JG.
Monica Nordeen (Mme Thenardier) is from upstate New York, where she received her bachelor of arts degree with a double major in theatre and mathematics. Monica moved to Marquette County in 2008, after living in the NYC area for 10 years. Since moving here she has played Ariel in NMU’s production of The Tempest, and has had lead roles in Lake Superior Theatre’s productions of Twelfth Night, The Love List, Lake Stories, and A Thousand Clowns. Monica would like to thank Ansley Valentine for this opportunity to play Madame Thenardier; and Mom, Dad, and Art for their love and support.
Shane O’Connor (Combeferre) is working towards a degree in music with a minor in theater. Shane is active in many performing ensembles which include the Lake Effect Show Choir, Wild Scats, and The Maroons.
Jeremiah Ogawa (Gavroche) is a 7th grader at Bothwell Middle School. He is passionate about singing, acting, gymnastics and electronic technology. He has appeared in Lake Superior Youth Theatre productions The Little Mermaid Jr. and Honk Jr. Appearing in Les Misérables is a dream come true for Jeremiah as it is his favorite musical.
Delaney Parks (Young Cosette/Young Eponine) lives in Marquette, Michigan with her parents, Jason and Sara, and her younger brother, Shane. Delaney enjoys singing, playing piano, taking dance lessons, and reading. This will be Delaney’s first theatre production, and she is very excited to be sharing the stage with her mother, Sara Parks.
Sara Parks (Cosette) is a senior music education major from Marquette, Michigan. She has been involved in music and theatre from a young age, with her first role as Tiny Tim in NMU’s production of Scrooge. While at NMU, Sara has performed as a featured soloist with several university ensembles, including the NMU Jazz Band and Marquette Choral Society. As a member of the NMU Opera Theatre Workshop, Sara’s roles include Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Pinocchio in the children’s opera Pinocchio, and Rodentius in the Lake Superior Theatre production of The Lion, The Slave and The Rodent. Sara is thrilled to be in this production with her daughter, Delaney, who is playing Young Cosette/Young Eponine. This will be their first show together.
James Porras II (Enjolras, u/s Javert) is a junior theater major here at NMU, and is incredibly honored to be cast in Les Misérables. James’ favorite roles include Mrs. T. in Avenue Q (Black Box), Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance (Lake Superior Theatre), Geppetto in Pinocchio (FRT), Edward Rutledge in 1776 (FRT), and The Baker in Into the Woods (Herbert L. Williams Theatre). He would like to thank everyone involved with the show for the amazing experience they’ve shared together, and the department for giving him this incredible opportunity.
William J. Raveau (Feuilly, u/s Marius) is absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this production of epic proportions. He has been previously seen in Marquette slumming around Avenue Q and hanging around some Legally Blondes. Other favorites include sailing aboard the Titanic and listening to A Little Night Music. Many thanks to all of those involved with Les Misérables.
Erin Resteiner (Fantine) is a junior at NMU. She is a double major in theater and elementary education. She has previously been seen on the FRT stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), A Year With Frog and Toad (Frog). She has also played in Anything Goes (Reno), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), and Annie Get Your Gun (Annie). She would like to thank her family and her husband for their unconditional love and support in all of her endeavors!
Mariah Rosado (Ensemble) is in her second year at NMU, studying graduate preparation psychology. She has been performing in musicals and plays since the age of 8 with the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, Lake Superior Youth Theatre, Marquette Senior High, and around the Marquette community. This is her second time performing in Les Misérables, and other performances include The Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland (Lake Superior Youth Theatre), and The Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. Mariah is an Onyx Block in the Student Leader Fellowship Program.
Luke Speicher (Bamatabois, Courfeyrac) is a graduate of Leland High School where he performed in productions at the Leland Performing Arts Center, including Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Children of Eden (Adam/Noah), The Wiz (Scarecrow), and Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour). He was in the 2012 Miracle Production of Godspell and the 2013 production of Tarzan (Terk) in Traverse City, Michigan. This is Luke’s first semester at Northern Michigan University where he studies elementary education.
Dorsey Sprouls (Ensemble) This is his fourth show and fourth musical here at NMU. He’s been active in theatre since his sophomore year in high school, and looks forward to being in this musical as well as Comedy of Errors next semester.
Beth Thiele (Ensemble) has enjoyed participating in community theater productions in Marquette County since 1996. Some shows include Fiddler on the Roof , Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, The King and I, and Rent. In recent years, she has also enjoyed volunteering as an actor in a local fundraising Dinner Theater for the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council.
Laura Thompson (Ensemble, u/s Eponine) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University and plans on majoring in Theater. She was a part of the Gwinn High School Drama Club and was seen as Louisa in The Sound of Music, Wendy Jo in Footloose, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Alma/Martha in The Christmas Schooner, Ursula in Bye Bye Birdie, and Jean in Dandelion Cottage.
Paul Truckey (Jean Valjean) acting credits include leading roles in over 50 productions, most notably the roles of Grantaire, Javert and Thenardier in the Broadway and National touring companies of Les Misérables, Fredrik in A Little Night Music for the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Pete the Barber in the opera, Rockland, George Jr. in Utah! The Musical at the Tuachan Amphitheatre,and George in Sunday in the Park with George. As a director, he has staged dozens of productions, most recently The Comedy of Errors, 1776, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Flea in Her Ear, The Mousetrap, Actlete’s, The Foreigner, The Full Monty, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Paul is currently a professor of theatre at Northern Michigan University, and is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Liz Trueblood (Ensemble) is currently a freshman studying English at NMU. Past productions she has performed in include Red Riding Hood at the Missoula Children’s Theatre, and Much Ado About Nothing, The Miracle Worker, The Wiz, Emma, Once Upon a Mattress, and Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Onalaska High School theater.
Jill Vermeulen (Ensemble, u/s Cosette) NMU freshman majoring in theater and communications with a dance minor. She has been involved with theatre for the past 11 years performing in over 30 productions. Some of her recent performances were as Lisa in Beacon on the Rock (Lake Superior Theater), Ariel in The Little Mermaid Jr. (Lake Superior Youth Theater), and Lois in Kiss Me, Kate (Marquette Senior High School). She is currently the choreographer for Marquette Senior High School’s production of Shrek, the Musical and will be assistant choreographer for Lake Superior Youth Theatre’s production of Seussical, Jr.
Shane Vincent (Babet, Ensemble) is a senior theater major and is dumbfounded that it is his last year on the Forest Roberts stage. He has been in a handful of productions here, including his debut lead as Timmy Bear in last year’s production of Bears. He is excited to be working with such a big ensemble and wants to thank his family and his girlfriend Devon for their unending support!
Amanda Woods (Ensemble) was in her first play at the age of 7 (The Lion King) and pursued theatre all through middle school, high school, and now in college. She’s had adventures in short films, and has studied with the Seattle Knights for a time. It’s been a while since she’s been in a big production. She’s very thankful for the opportunity to work with such talented people.
Ansley Valentine (Director) is director of theatre at Northern Michigan University. A seasoned actor, director and choreographer, recent productions include Hello, Dolly!; Annie Get Your Gun; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The King and I; Sound of Music; and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. His resume boasts professional and academic theatres across the country (including productions with the Indianapolis, Detroit and Alabama Symphonies). He holds a master of fine arts from Indiana University and a bachelor of arts from Wabash College.
Emily Fitzpatrick (Music Director) has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern Michigan University and is the music teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Negaunee. She was the vocal music director for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Rent at NMU and has assisted with direction of many high scho
ol theatre productions in the area. Notable performances on the FRT stage include Myrtle Mae in Harvey, Virginia Clemm Poe in Tell-Tale, and Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly!
Victor G. Holliday (Set Design) has been the designer for The Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He earned his bachelor of arts in psychology from St. Johns University (Minnesota), and his master of fine arts in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatres and dance companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theater, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history) and ship modeling (pre-dreadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.
Kimberly Hegmegee (Light Design) is the technical director for Forest Roberts Theatre. In addition to her TD responsibilities, Hegmegee creates lighting designs for many of the productions. Some recent favorites include RENT, Cinderella, The Full Monty, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Hegmegee also teaches technical and stage management classes. Her latest technical obsession is performance flight.
Shelley Russell (Costume Design) is a professor of theater in the Communications and Performance Studies Department at NMU. Russell teaches a variety of courses, including Stage Combat, Acting Shakespeare and Voice and Diction. Russell has directed over fifty productions, including Beauty and the Beast, Romeo and Juliet, The Scarlet Pimpernel and most recently, Legally Blonde: The Musical. Russell also serves as the faculty supervisor for the theatre’s costume shop, and has designed over forty productions. From 1999 to 2002 she served as executive director for the Lake Superior Theatre in Marquette, during which time the theatre received numerous awards including the NEA Director’s Challenge Award. Dr. Russell has written numerous playscripts, many of which have been performed at the Forest Roberts Theatre and at Lake Superior Theatre. Some of her works include: Holdin’ Our Own: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Dracula and Beacon on the Rock. Haywire, a musical which she set in a 19th century Upper Peninsula logging camp, made its debut on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage in 1994, was invited to perform at the Weidner Center in Green Bay and advanced to the National Finals of the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her 1996 “swashbuckler comedy,” Jule, was recognized by the prestigious Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition. Russell’s most recent work, Links (2004), explores feminist issues through the experiences of women’s professional golf.
Dan Zini (Sound Design) is a media production major. At the FRT, Dan has worked on Legally Blonde (Sound Design) and Fallujah. Some of his favorite past projects include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bay College, sound design) , Chicago (Bay College, asst. technical director/sound design), The Drowsy Chaperone (William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, sound des\
ign) and Pirates of Penzance (Lake Superior Theatre, sound design).
Kristy Priest (Stage Manager) is currently a senior at NMU studying theater and entertainment arts. Her stage management credits include 1776, The Near East, and A Year With Frog and Toad at Forest Roberts Theatre, A Thousand Clowns, Dandelion Cottage, The Mouse That Roared, and Behind the Dandelions at Lake Superior Theatre, and Burning the Old Man at The Western Stage in Salinas, California. She also has several design credits in lighting, props, and sound. Kristy also works in the FRT scene shop.
Emily Kinne (Assistant Stage Manager/Properties Master) is a junior at NMU, and a theater tech major. Some of her past work at the Forest Roberts includes assistant stage manager for Avenue Q, and Legally Blonde, and props master for Pinocchio. Emily is employed in the FRT scene shop.
Abby Schneck (Assistant Stage Manager) is a junior at NMU studying theater and managment, has performed in and worked on multiple productions in high school and college at the FRT. While at Burnsville High School she was seen in Godspell (herself), Wizard of Oz (chorus), and Philadelphia Story (PSM). Recently she has been seen in 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and 1776 (ASM). She is super excited to be working on this production, and wants to thank everyone who has supported her especially her family and close friends.
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Herbert Kretzmer (Lyrics) Herbert Kretzmer, born in South Africa, came to London in 1954, and has since pursued twin careers as a newspaperman and songwriter. He was a feature writer at the Daily Sketch and a profile writer at the Sunday Dispatch. He joined the Daily Express in 1960 and later became its drama critic, a post he held for 18 years. Since 1979 he has been writing TV criticism for the Daily Mail and has won, in this capacity, two national press awards. As a lyric writer he wrote weekly songs for BBC-TV’s That Was The Week That Was. He won an Ivor Novello Award for the Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comedy song “Goodness Gracious Me”. Other award-winning lyrics include two written for Charles Aznavour: “Yesterday When I Was Young” and the chart-topping “She”. Mr. Kretzmer wrote book and lyrics for the West End’s Our Man Crichton, which starred Kenneth More and Millicent Martin, and lyrics for the Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s The Four Musketeers. He also supplied lyrics for the Anthony Newly film Can Heironymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness? Tony Award, 1987, Best Score, Les Misérables.
Claude-Michel Schönberg (Music) Claude-Michel Schönberg is a successful record producer and songwriter who began his collaboration with Alain Boublil in 1973, writing the very first French musical, La Revolution Française. Mr. Schönberg played the role of Louis XVI in that production and also co-produced the double-gold record album of the show. In 1974, he recorded an album, singing his own compositions and lyrics, which included the number one hit single “Le Premier Pas”. In 1980, after two years’ work on the score, Mr. Schönberg and Mr. Boublil’s musical Les Misérables opened in Paris, where it was seen by more than 1.5 million people. In 1983, Mr. Schönberg produced an opera album in Paris with Julia Migenes Johnson and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Following work on the London production of Les Misérables (the 3rd longest running musical in British theatre history), Mr. Schönberg co-produced the double-platinum London cast album and became involved in casting all the major overseas productions of the show, including the American, Japanese and Australian companies. He won two coveted Tony Awards, for Best Score and Book, for the Broadway production of Les Misérables and a Grammy Award for the Best Original Cast Recording, which he co-produced with Alain Boublil. He also worked closely on the symphonic recording of the show. His score for Miss Saigon, again written in collaboration with Alain Boublil, is now repeating the international success story of Les Misérables. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and again bringing together many members of the creative team behind Les Misérables, Miss Saigon opened with huge success at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London in September 1989, in NY in April 1991, in Tokyo in May 1992 and in Chicago (the first national U.S. tour) in November 1992. Future productions will open in Sydney, Australia and Stuttgart, Germany. Now Claude-Michel is back at the keyboards, composing their next musical, Martin Guerre, while keeping close eye on the development of the screenplays for Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.
Alain Boublil (Original French Text) Alain Boublil’s first musical, La Revolution Française in 1973, marked his transition from songwriting to musical theatre and the start of his collaboration with Claude-Michel Schönberg with the hit album that became the first ever staged French musical. His idea of writing a musical version of Les Misérables brought them together again in 1978. The acclaimed show was written over a two-year period and recorded as an album before its opening at the Palais de Sports in Paris in September 1980. In 1983 Mr. Boublil met Cameron Mackintosh which led to his first London production Abbacadabra (a musical fairy-tale set to ABBA music) and to working with Claude-Michel and directors and writers on the English language adaptation of Les Misérables. The show has subsequently opened in 19 countries and 14 languages. Among the many awards Mr. Boublil has received were two Tony Awards in 1987 for Best Score and Best Book for the NY production and a 1988 Grammy for the Best Original Broadway Cast Recording which he co-produced with Claude-Michel Schönberg. Miss Saigon opened on September 20, 1989 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London and on April 11, 1991 in NY. The show has also played in Tokyo and Toronto with future production scheduled for Sydney, Australia and Stuttgart, Germany. Mr. Boublil will maintain a close association with all the international productions of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon while working with Claude-Michel on the screenplays for motion picture versions of both musicals.
Photographs by Nikke Nason