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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre Book Publishers (15 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557837155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557837158
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Musical World of Boublil and Schonberg is Margaret Vermette's fabulous,
fascinating investigation of two international tunesmiths who are anything
but les miserables. -- Playbill, May, 2007

It has got to be one of the most reasonably priced theatre books
of modern times,given its subject matter, its dramatically mesmerising
content and fascinating photographs scattered through its compelling text. -- Amateur Stage, July, 2007

This is one of the most interesting and informative books on
modern musical theatre ... of major interest to both professionals and
public who love the work of Boublil and Schonberg. -- Musical Stages, Summer, 2007

Vermette has not only written a fascinating biography of these two
artists but also includes an invaluable Fact File of all their musicals.
It is a must-have record of their worldwide achievements in the field of
musical theatre. -- Playbill, June, 2007

About the Author

Margaret Vermette is author of George Eliot and Realism and articles and reviews for Musical Stages, Stagestar, and South east Dance. She lives in West Sussex. Colm Wilkinson created the role of Jean Valjean in Les Mis both in London and then on Broadway.

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This is not just a book that sits on your coffee table to impress your friends, it is so much more. If you have been lucky enough to have seen Les Miserables, Miss Saigon or Martin Guerre, you will be fascinated by "the musical world of Boublil and Schonberg". It's a journey into the musical world of theatre, from the first chapter to the last you will be fascinated by how musicals are created and produced. I love reading about the lives of Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Schonberg, the interviews with producers, musical directors, actors and singers, all their own words, so informative. Also the photos bring each chapter alive. If you are studying theatre in any form this book will be invaluable or if like me, you just love musicals, then it's an enjoyable read, I couldn't put it down.
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This is such an amazing book. I didn't know anything about Boiblil and Schonberg before, but this gives a fascinating account of their early lives and how they came to meet. It even tells about their first lunch with Cameron Mackintosh at a fashionable Paris restaurant when Claude-Michel pretended he couldn't speak English so as to size Cameron up! It's given me such an insight into how the shows are created with lots of interviews with them and all their collaborators. And there are full details of all the productions plus loads of trivia, such as how the helicopter works in Miss Saigon, how Judi Dench made a one off appearance on the barricade and even how many loaves the London Valjeans have stolen! It's packed with colour pictures and is fantastic value for such a comprehensive book. If you love their shows you'll love this.
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As a lyricist and playwright, I have read many books about the staging of dramatic works.

None of these previous works have come near to the levels of competence, interest, and sheer enjoyment of this book.

Margaret Vermette has secured access and cooperation from the most talented group of theatre professionals ever gathered in one place. They have all expressed themselves fully, generously and informatively. An outsider would have to spend a lifetime skulking in the shadows to obtain such intimate, and expert disclosures.

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg bring welcome insights into their unique, collaborative methods. They never write a word, or a single note, until the detailed skeleton of the work has been structured. Thereafter, in discussion with other members of the creative team, they can set their egos aside to bring finality to their staged masterpieces, until they get audience reactions!

At which stage, the polishing continues.

In my humble opinion, LES MISERABLES is the finest musical of all time. I have seen it many times, and I attended the magnificent 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th October 1995, when artists were gathered from all over the world, to create an unforgettable experience.

This book revives those memories and creates many new ones.

It is a treasure.
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What an exceptional book this is! I haven't been able to put it down. Without a doubt it's the best exposition of musical theatre creation that I've ever read - and I've read many! Not only does it tell you about the amazing lives of the two Frenchmen who wrote Les Misérables but, with a series of exclusive personal interviews, it details exactly how they did it. Not just Les Mis but all their shows, and there's long interviews too with all their co-writers, directors and producers. Vermette's skill in presentation is magnified many times by her ability to pull nuggets of wisdom out of such talented and diverse people, such as Trevor Nunn, Cameron Mackintosh and Herbert Kretzmer as well of course as Boublil and Schönberg themselves. It's a tour de force of form and substance and a fascinating read.
I discovered this book through the brilliant website which is colourful, informative and gives news and updates to the book:
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Boublil and Schonberg Rock 26 Nov. 2013
By Operagirl - Published on Amazon.com
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This was essentially a book full of interviews. I ordered this book for the express reason of completely to finish my college thesis on musical theater. It gave me some wonderful quotes. They gave telling ancedotes about their inspiration and how they percieve their chracters. It actually helped me write a rather scathing review about Chris in Miss Saigon for a class about "The American Dream." I love their musicals so I will likely read this book again now that my degree is complete and I can read what i like.
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a fantastic Book 23 Jan. 2014
By tyhjh - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the words the pictures make me deep into the plays, especially Les Miserable, I love it so much!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Theatre Treasure! 18 May 2008
By K. CHANDLER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What an exceptional book this is! I haven't been able to put it down. Without a doubt it's the best exposition of musical theatre creation that I've ever read - and I've read many! Not only does it tell you about the amazing lives of the two Frenchmen who wrote Les Misérables but, with a series of exclusive personal interviews, it details exactly how they did it. Not just Les Mis but all their shows, and there's long interviews too with all their co-writers, directors and producers. Vermette's skill in presentation is magnified many times by her ability to pull nuggets of wisdom out of such talented and diverse people, such as Trevor Nunn, Cameron Mackintosh and Herbert Kretzmer as well of course as Boublil and Schönberg themselves. It's a tour de force of form and substance and a fascinating read.
I discovered this book through the brilliant website which is colourful, informative and gives news and updates to the book[...]
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful 10 April 2007
By LBWheels457 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderfully insightful book to some of my favorite musicals! I really enjoyed the background information as to how some of the musicals came to be, the processes that were followed...everything! I highly recommend this book!
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