Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical, seen by over 70 million people in 45 countries around the world, it has been translated into 22 languages. It has won more than 140 international awards which include Olivier, Tony, Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards. With the original production still playing to packed houses in London, the 25th Anniversary Production has taken the world by storm, playing in the UK, Japan, Korea, Australia, Spain, Philippines, Singapore, Canada and on Broadway. There have been 47 cast recordings of Les Misérables.
Miss Saigon premiered in London in September 1989 and closed ten years later. It has been seen by over 35 million people in 353 cities in 29 countries and translated into fifteen languages. There have been more than 24,000 performances of Miss Saigon around the world. The show has won more than seventy major theatrical awards including three Tonys and two Olivier Awards. There have been fourteen cast recordings including the Complete Symphonic Recording. Miss Saigon returned to London’s West End in 2014, once again breaking box office records. The 25th anniversary performance was recorded live and released worldwide. Miss Saigon is currently back on Broadway prior to a US tour in 2018.
Martin Guerre opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in London and played for 675 performances. The revised production enjoyed considerable success at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and on tour before opening in the United States. The show was voted ‘Best Musical’ during the 1997 Laurence Olivier Awards. Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil are currently working on a revised version of the show.
THE PIRATE QUEEN
The Pirate Queen tells the story of the 16th century Irish Chieftain and seafarer Gráinne (Grace) O’Malley, ‘the most notorious woman on the coast of Ireland’. The production, presented by the producers of Riverdance, in collaboration with Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg, premiered at the Cadillac Theatre in Chicago before opening on Broadway in 2007. In 2010, the first foreign-language production of the show opened in Japan.
LA RÉVOLUTION FRANÇAISE
La Révolution Française premiered at the Palais Des Sports, Paris in 1973 following the release of a chart-topping concept album, and was a triumphant success. It was the first ever French rock opera. Claude-Michel Schönberg played Louis XVI in this production – the only time he has appeared in one of his shows.