Alain Boublil is the author of the librettos and original lyrics for the musicals La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, and The Pirate Queen, all in collaboration with Claude-Michel Schönberg, as well as Marguerite with music by Michel Legrand. Boublil co-wrote the screenplay of the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film, Les Misérables. The song, ‘Suddenly’, written for this movie was Oscar-nominated for best new song. Boublil is the author/lyricist of Abbacadabra, a fairy tale musical with songs by ABBA, of the stage adaptation of the Demy/Legrand film, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, as well as author of the plays, The Diary of Adam and Eve, (amalgamating two short stories by Mark Twain) and A Manhattan Parisienne, a new work with classic songs starring Marie Zamora. Boublil wrote a prize-winning French novel, Les dessous de soi. Current projects include a revised version of Martin Guerre, a symphonic concert and an animated project of Boublil and Schӧnberg’s first rock opera, The French Revolution. His many awards include two Tonys, two Grammys, two Victoire de la Musique and a Molière Award for Les Misérables as well as an Evening Standard Drama Award for Miss Saigon, a Laurence Olivier Award for Martin Guerre and a New York Chapter Honors Grammy for his outstanding contribution to the creative community. Boublil and Schӧnberg’s 40 year collaboration was celebrated in May 2016 at Carnegie Hall as honorees of the New York Pops’ 33rd Birthday Gala. Boublil was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the New York Pops. He lives in New York with his wife, actress/singer Marie Zamora, and is the father of four sons.
Photograph by Seamus Ryan
Born in 1944 of Hungarian parents, Claude-Michel Schönberg began his career in France as a singer, writer and producer of pop songs. In collaboration with Alain Boublil he is the book co-writer and the composer of La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre and The Pirate Queen. In 2008 his musical, Marguerite, in collaboration with Alain Boublil, Michel Legrand and Herbert Kretzmer opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Claude-Michel has supervised overseas productions and co-produced several international cast albums of his shows. In 2001 he composed his first ballet score, Wuthering Heights, which was created by the Northern Ballet in 2002. His ballet, Cleopatra, which opened in 2011, was his second collaboration with David Nixon and his seventh complete score. In 2012 Claude-Michel co-wrote the screenplay and reconceived the music for the Les Misérables musical movie. His shows have won many awards over the years, most recently the WhatsonStage audience awards for Best West End Show and Best Musical Revival for the new London production of Miss Saigon. Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee and Grammy award winner for his outstanding contribution to the creative community, Mr. Schönberg and Alain Boublil were honoured at a New York Pops gala concert in Carnegie Hall celebrating their 40 year collaboration. Mr. Schönberg has been appointed Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University – a position funded by the Mackintosh Foundation. Mr. Schӧnberg married the English ballerina, Charlotte Talbot, in 2003. He is the father of one son and two daughters.
Lyricist, English Version, Les Misérables
Herbert Kretzmer (Lyricist) was born in South Africa. In 1954 he settled in London where he has since pursued twin careers as journalist and songwriter. As a lyricist he won an Ivor Novello Award for the classic Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comedy duet Goodness Gracious Me. In the Sixties he was a regular contributor to the celebrated BBC-TV satire series That was the Week That Was. Notable among the many lyrics he penned for French singer Charles Aznavour were Yesterday When I was Young and the chart-topping She. In 1987 he won a Tony award and a Grammy award for the lyrics he wrote for the stage hit Les Misérables. In 2009 Herbert Kretzmer was appointed OBE.
JEAN MARC NATEL
Co-Lyricist, Original French Lyrics, Les Misérables
Born in 1942, he studied art at the Beaux Arts in Toulon before turning to poetry. On moving to Paris in the late 1960’s he met Alain Boublil, who introduced him to songwriting. He co-wrote from Alain Boublil’s initial concept and framework the original French lyrics for Les Misérables which first played in Paris in 1980. Jean-Marc has continued to write songs for a variety of artists as well as his poetry which is widely published.
RICHARD MALTBY, JR
Co-Lyricist, Miss Saigon
BROADWAY: Conceived and directed two Tony Award winning musicals: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards — also Tony Award for Best Director); Fosse (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards); as well as Ring of Fire, (2006). With composer David Shire: director/lyricist: Baby (1983, seven Tony nominations); lyricist: Big (1996, Tony nomination: Best Score). With Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, co-lyricist: Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award, London 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991); co-lyricist: The Pirate Queen (2007). Director: The Story of My Life (2009). Director/co-lyricist: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance (1986 Tony Award for star, Bernadette Peters.). OFF-BROADWAY: director/lyricist Starting Here, Starting Now (1977, Grammy nomination) and Closer Than Ever, (1989, two Outer Critics Circle Awards: Best Musical, Best Score; also Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Best Musical Revival 2013; and London Jermyn Street Theatre 2014,), both written with composer David Shire. Director: Just Jim Dale, Roundabout Theatre 2014, also Vaudeville Theatre, London 2015. REGIONAL: Lyricist/conceiver, Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory, London 2010; McCarter Theatre 2012); book and lyrics, Waterfall, Pasadena Playhouse and Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre (2015). Director, MASK (2008, Pasadena Playhouse); director, The 60’s Project (2006, Goodspeed). CURRENTLY: Lyricist, new musical Sousatzka, March 2017 in Toronto. FILM: Screenplay, Miss Potter, (2007: Christopher Award, best screenplay.). Contributes cryptic crossword puzzles to Harpers Magazine.
Additional Lyrics, Miss Saigon
Michael Mahler (ASCAP) is the award-winning Chicago-based composer/lyricist of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, October Sky, Hero, The Man who Murdered Sherlock Holmes, Painted Alice, Rockne, Wonderland; Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, and others. His songs have been featured in concerts and showcases across the globe, including an evening at the Kennedy Center. Michael served as the premiere English lyricist for Boublil and Schönberg’s La Révolution Française and contributed lyrics to Russell Watson’s album Only One Man. Visit www.michaelmahler.com
Co-Lyricist, Martin Guerre
Stephen’s plays include Stripped (Jefferson Award, Chicago, 2003), Takeaway and Making Waves. His first musical, Eyam, was followed by the Olivier award winning Martin Guerre with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg. Other work includes Forbidden City and The Far Pavilions. He adapted the libretto of La Traviata for ENO’s 2006 production and wrote the music theatre adaptation of The Mahabharata. Stephen wrote the book and lyrics of Zorro and Love Story for theatre.
Co-Lyricist, The Pirate Queen
Wrote the book and lyrics for The Witches of Eastwick, The Fix, Zombie Prom, Circles and Dick Whittington. He provided lyrics for A Country Christmas Carol, The Reluctant Dragon and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Plays include One Miracle in a Lifetime, The World Today and The Greater Goode.