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Alain Boublil Biography

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Alain Boublil is a librettist, born in Tunisia 1941, best known for his collaborations with the composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. These include:
  • La Révolution Française (1973)
  • Les Misérables (1980)
  • Miss Saigon (1989)
  • Martin Guerre (1996)
  • The Pirate Queen (2006)

Alain Boublil’s first musical, La Révolution Française, was the first-ever staged French rock-opera. It debuted in 1973 in Paris. The composer was Claude-Michel Schonberg, with whom Alain has since collaborated on a number of successful projects, including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Les Misérables first opened in Paris in 1980. On October 8, 1985, an English-language production of Les Misérables produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn premiered in London at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Barbican Theatre. The show transferred to the West End’s Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985. Now in its 20th year, it is the third longest-running musical in West End history (behind Starlight Express and Cats).

Martin Guerre then followed and won the 1997 Olivier Award for Best Musical. After touring the UK and the US, the show will enjoy its European debut in 2003 in Barcelona.

Alain has also written the play Le Journal d'Adam et Eve, based on two short stories by Mark Twain. It premiered in Paris in 1994 at Le Petit Montparnasse.

He has recently published his first novel Les Dessous de soi, published by Flammarion. The book was awarded the Prince Maurice du Roman d’Amour.

He has worked on the stage adaptation of Jacques Demy’s Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, together with the illustrious composer Michel Legrand, that opened at Le Palais des Congrès in September 2003.

Boublil's latest project with Schönberg is The Pirate Queen, a musical about the 16th century Irish pirate, chieftain and adventuress Grace O'Malley. The Pirate Queen is currently under development, and is scheduled to have its debut at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre in fall 2006.
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