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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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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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