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All 13 Tony Awards Musical Performances, From ‘Hello, Dolly!’ to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (Videos)

All 13 Tony Awards Musical Performances, From ‘Hello, Dolly!’ to ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (Videos)
Who knew Kevin Spacey would do so much singing? Kevin Spacey Kicks Off (With the Rockettes) Who knew Frank Underwood could sing? The host croons his way through homages to some of the season’s biggest hits, from “Evan Hansen” to “Sunset Boulevard.” “Come From Away” The Canada-set 9/11 musical earned a Tony for director Christopher Ashley — and impressed with its opening number, “Welcome to the Rock.” “Miss Saigon” Eva Noblezada was a teenager when she was cast to lead the revival of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s 1989 re-telling of “Madame Butterfly.” And she wows in this medley. “Falsettos” Christian Borle,
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Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada On ‘Miss Saigon,’ Vocal Care, and Self-Esteem

At age 21, Eva Noblezada has accomplished what most thespians her age dream of: a Tony Award nomination! For her stunning work as Kim in this spring’s West-End-to-Broadway production of “Miss Saigon,” Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Vietnam War epic, Noblezada joins the ranks of musical theater leading ladies before her—including Lea Salonga, the original, award-winning Kim. Not long after a casting director saw the North Carolina–based Noblezada perform at New York City’s 2013 National High School Musical Theatre Awards (a.k.a. the Jimmy Awards), she auditioned for and booked the London revival of “Miss Saigon.” At age 17, having never left the country, she found herself headlining a West End hit. As she put it, “Crazy how things end up turning out!” The actor (and blogger!) also pointed out that “insecurity will always peek through the door.” Backstage chatted with Noblezada about dealing with those self-esteem issues while in the limelight,
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Bww Review: Miss Saigon Gains New Relevance As Americans Debate Refugee Issues

The helicopter is real this time, as is the Asian heritage of the leading man, as Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's Miss Saigon lands at the Broadway Theatre once more. Laurence Connor does a solid job of mounting producer Cameron Mackintosh's newest version, with three of its West End stars crossing the Atlantic to make their Broadway debuts.
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‘Miss Saigon’ Broadway Review: The Helicopter Is Back, Louder than Ever

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Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil have a lot to answer for. Under the umbrella of producer Cameron Mackintosh, their back-to-back hits “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon” were part of the British invasion that filled a creative void in the 1980s and ’90s when AIDS devastated the Broadway theater community. Those musicals brought anthem-itis to these shores, and popularized the sung-through musical in all its serious dreariness while providing none of opera’s glorious grandeur. Stephen Sondheim once said that recitative is like pouring molasses over a score. Great opera composers have known how to distinguish their breakout arias from the sung speech.
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‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812’ Broadway Review: Josh Groban Makes Epic Debut

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‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812’ Broadway Review: Josh Groban Makes Epic Debut
The triple threat is rare in the theater, and for good reason. An adventurous Dave Malloy gives us the quadruple threat with his musical “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” which opened Monday at the Imperial Theatre after a long run Off Broadway. He writes the music, lyrics, book, and orchestrations. He is by far the most successful with his orchestrations. There’s always a catchy ostinato to grab our attention under the sometimes less-than-inspired melodies. As a composer, he borrows from everybody: Carole King, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Giacomo Puccini, Michael Bolton. Josh Groban, making his Broadway debut, comes to grief.
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On The Scene with Randy Rainbow: At the End of the Day, How Well Do You Know Les Miserables?

Cameron Mackintosh's production of Claude-Michel Schonberg amp Alain Boublil's legendary musical Les Miserables will end its acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway today, September 4, 2016 at the Imperial Theater 239 West 45th Street after 1,024 performances. In total, since the 1987 opening of the original production, Les Miserables will have played 8,200 performances on Broadway.How well to ordinary New Yorkers know Broadway's most cherished musical Randy Rainbow is on the scene to find out
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‘Miss Saigon’ set to tour the UK and Ireland in 2017

Cameron Mackintosh has announced today that his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon – a recent smash hit in the West End – will embark on a major UK tour opening atCurve Leicester from Monday 3 July – Saturday 22 July 2017 before playing Birmingham Hippodrome (26 July – 23 September 2017), Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 18 November), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (29 November 2017 – 6 January 2018), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (17 January – 17 February 2018) and Mayflower Southampton (21 February – 17 March 2018).

Cameron Mackintosh said, “It’s hard to believe that it has been over 25 years sinceMiss Saigon first opened, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today. This new production, directed by Laurence Connor, takes a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production while still delivering the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s tremendous score. Of all my shows, Miss Saigon is the one that
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Stage Tube: Watch Highlights from Serenbe's Miss Saigon, Featuring Real-Life Helicopter

Serenbe Playhouse, recipient of the prestigious American Theatre Wing grant 2015, presents the fourth show in its 2016 season, Miss Saigon, with music by Claude- Michel Schonberg lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., and Alain Boublil adapted from the original French lyrics by Alain Boublil. The show is directed by Brian Clowdus, music direction is by Chris Brent Davis, and choreography is by Bubba Carr. The show opened on July 21 and has already been extended to August 14. Click below to watch highlights from the show, including footage of the production's real-life helicopter
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Photo Flash: First Look at Serenbe Playhouse's Miss Saigon, Featuring Real-Life Helicopter

Serenbe Playhouse, recipient of the prestigiousAmerican Theatre Wing grant 2015, presents thefourth show in its 2016 season, Miss Saigon, with music by Claude- Michel Schonberg lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., and Alain Boublil adapted from the original French lyrics by Alain Boublil. The show is directed by Brian Clowdus, music direction is by Chris Brent Davis, and choreography is by Bubba Carr. The show opened on July 21 and has already been extended to August 14. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast-- plus the production's real-life helicopter -- in action
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Weinstein TV and the BBC Team Up For ‘Les Miserables’ Miniseries

Weinstein TV and the BBC Team Up For ‘Les Miserables’ Miniseries
Weinstein Television and the BBC are teaming up for a new version of Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables.” The six-part adaptation will be written by veteran scribe Andrew Davies, who most recently turned “War & Peace” into a six-part series for BBC and A&E Networks.

Les Misérables” will be a co-production by BBC Studios and Lookout Point for BBC One in association with Weinstein TV. Weinstein TV will be the distributor in the U.S. and China.

For those who haven’t read Hugo’s nearly 1500-page tome, or seen the movie or any of the myriad stage versions, “Les Misérables” centers on French convict Jean Valjean and his struggles to escape his past while being hunted for years over a parole violation by Inspector Javert, set against the backdrop of the uprising of 1832.

That’s only part of the story, though. “Les Misérables is a huge iconic title,” Davies said in a statement. “Most
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 7/6/16- Claude-Michel Schonberg

Happy Birthday Claude-Michel Schonberg Schonberg is best known for his collaborations with the lyricist Alain Boublil. Thier stage musical version of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, which opened at the Palais de Sports in Paris in 1980, opened to acclaim in London in 1985 and on Broadway in 1987. In 1989, their success continued with the musical Miss Saigon, which starred Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce. Schonberg's next project with Boublil was The Pirate Queen, a musical about the 16th century Irish pirate, chieftain and adventuress Grace O'Malley, which opened on Broadway on April 5 2007.
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Photo Coverage: On the New York Pops Gala Red Carpet with Laura Osnes, Jeremy Jordan & More!

Last night, May 2, 2016, The New York Pops celebrated its 33rd birthday with a grand gala evening celebrating the revolutionary collaborations of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, the songwriting team behind Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and more. Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were musical theatre legends Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Patti LuPone. BroadwayWorld was on hand all evening to capture the star-studded events - check out photo coverage of the red carpet below
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Photo Coverage: Go Inside the New York Pops Gala Dinner with Patti LuPone, Jeremy Jordan & More!

Last night, May 2, 2016, The New York Pops celebrated its 33rd birthday with a grand gala evening celebrating the revolutionary collaborations of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, the songwriting team behind Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and more. Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs for the event were musical theatre legends Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Patti LuPone. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the dinner following the show below
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Bww Interview: Les Miserables' Paul Wilkins, Kerrie Anne Greenland, Emily Langridge Reveal Why Their Show Tugs at Your Heartstrings

The first-ever international tour of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's Les Miserables Les Mis must close this Sunday, May 1, after three extensions. With nearly sold out tickets day in and day out, this production can easily be one of the most successful productions staged at the relatively brand new theatre The Theatre at Solaire.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 4/11/16- Miss Saigon

Today in 1991, Miss Saigon opened at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 4092 performances. Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The musical premiered at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London on 20 September 1989, closing after over four thousand performances, on 30 October 1999.The musical represented Schonberg and Boublil's second major success, following Les Miserables in 1985.
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Meet Les Miserables International Tour's Little People!

While watching a revival production of Lionel Bart's 'Oliver' in London, Les Miserables Co-creator Alain Boublil saw the similarities between literature's favorite little street urchins Oliver Twist, from Charles Dicken's novel of the same name, and Gavroche, from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, which sparked the idea to cowrite the novel-to-stage adaptation of the latter with Claude-Michel Schonberg more than 30 years ago.
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Stage Tube: On This Day for 4/5/16- The Pirate Queen

Today in 2007, The Pirate Queen opened at the Hilton Theatre now the FoxwoodsTheatre, where it ran for 85 performances. The Pirate Queen is a musical written by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, best known for their adaptation of Les Miserables. It is based on the life and adventures of the 16th century Irish chieftain and pirate Grainne O'Malley, who was one of the last Irish clan leaders to resist the English conquest of Gaelic Ireland. The cast featured Stephanie J. Block as the title character and Linda Balgord, who was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I.
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Photo Coverage: Les Mis International Tour Stars Launch Albums in Manila

Helpmann Award winners Simon Gleeson Jean Valjean and Kerrie Anne Greenland Eponine, current stars of the international touring production of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's phenomenal musical Les Miserables, took time out from their daily performances at the Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resorts and Casino, to launch their newest solo albums held at Pangea Ultra Lounge at City of Dreams last Wednesday, March 30.
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Bww Review: Reimagined Les Miserables Asian/International Tour

Les Miserables stirred a musical maelstrom in Manila last Wednesday March 16, and is poised to win audinces over via a memorable theatrical experience. At the heart of its seamless and dynamic storytelling beats a conscience that rouses, provokes, mangles, and transforms souls a singular man's search for acceptance and meaning in a fractured and unforgiving 19th century France. This Cameron Mackintosh new production of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's legendary and popular musical takes center stage again, this time against the canvases of Victor Hugo's lesser known paintings--never before seen in the original London's West End and Broadway productions--providing a perfect complement to the production's memorable music and breath-taking sets of that iconic turning-barricade-flying-helicopter-falling-chandelier stature Mackintosh productions are known for.
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