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Ahmanson Theatre ( Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles Music Center
Los Angeles, CA

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Martin Guerre is a two-act musical with a book by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, lyrics by Alain Boublil and Stephen Clark, and music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Written in the operatic style similar to the creative team's previous efforts, LES MISERABLES and Miss Saigon, the bulk of the show is sung-through, with little spoken dialogue between the musical numbers. It failed to match the box office success of its two predecessors.



Loosely based on the real-life historical figure Martin Guerre and the 1982 film The Return of Martin Guerre he inspired, the story is set in early modern France in the anti-Protestant town of Artigat, where young Martin Guerre is forced into an arranged marriage with Bertrande de Rols in order to produce a Catholic heiR. Martin is unsatisfied with the marriage, complicated by the fact that a childhood friend, Guillaume, is secretly in love with Bertrande.



Beaten by the priests due to his failure to consummate the union, Martin abandons his home and Bertrande to fight the Protestant Huguenots, and it is during the skirmishes that he befriends Arnaud du Thil with whom he shares his history, beginning the story at this point, seven years later, in medias res. When Martin appears to die in battle, Arnaud goes to his village to inform Bertrande of her husband's death but, mistaken for the deceased soldier by the residents, he decides to play along with their error and becomes involved with Bertrande.



Aware of Arnaud's deception, Bertrande decides to keep his secret and the two discover a mutual romantic attraction while Arnaud takes the name "Martin Guerre" for himself. Guillaume, who had until now hoped for a chance with Bertrande romantically, becomes envious of the supposedly returned soldier. As Bertrande, secretly converted toProtestantism, also turns Arnaud to her faith, Guillaume uncovers their beliefs and so they are assaulted by a roused mob. Before Arnaud is killed, however, Benoit, the knowing village idiot, reveals that he is not truly Martin Guerre, but rather, an imposter. The authorities arrest Arnaud-still claiming that he is Martin-under charges of deception and at the end of the trial, Martin Guerre himself, having apparently survived the war, appears as the last witness. In prison, Arnaud, however, is freed by Martin who forgives him for stealing his identity, noting the legitimacy of Arnaud and Bertrande's love for each other. The mob, though, sets the town ablaze and Guillaume stabs Arnaud before he can escape. As Arnaud dies in Bertrande's arms, Martin and Bertrande sing mournfully about love and the two part for good. The town contemplates their own xenophobic actions remorsefully.





Hollis Resnik and Christine Mild to Star in Porchlight Music Theatre's THE RINK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre (PMT) and Artistic Director Michael Weber have announced the initial production in the fourth season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits The Rink. (more...)

Hollis Resnik and Christine Mild star in Porchlight Music Theatre's THE RINK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

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Ann Emery, Original 'Grandma' in West End's BILLY ELLIOT, Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that actress Ann Emery, who originated the role of 'Grandma' in the West End's BILLY ELLIOT - THE MUSICAL, has died.  (more...)

Anthony Crivello Joins Kelli James for LEGENDS & LES MISERABLES at Theater Works
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Theater Works is excited to announce an exclusive event with Broadway stars Kelli James, James May and special guest, Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello. J (more...)

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana Lead THE KING AND I Tour, Launching at PPAC This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC recently announced that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) would lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I. The tour will launch in Providence, RI at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) October 30-November 6, 2016. (more...)

The Public's TWELFTH NIGHT Musical Adaptation Runs This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

The Public Theater kicks off the 2016-17 season this month with a free Public Works musical adaptation of TWELFTH NIGHT, conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. (more...)

FUN HOME's Judy Kuhn to Join FIDDLER ON THE ROOF This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

Just announced, four-time Tony Award Nominee Judy Kuhn (Fun Home, She Loves Me, Chess, Les Miserables) will join the cast of Fiddler on the Roof as Golde. (more...)

Video Roundup: Meet a New Anna and the King- Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC just announced that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING AND I. Joan Almedilla will play Lady Thiang with Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey. The tour will launch in Providence, RI October 30-November 6, 2016, and will play multi-week and single week engagements throughout the 2016-17 touring season and beyond. Please find complete schedule at www.thekinganditour.com. (more...)

Hollis Resnik and Christine Mild Star in Porchlight Music Theatre's THE RINK, Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre (PMT) and Artistic Director Michael Weber previously announced the initial production in the fourth season of Chicago's 'lost' musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits The Rink, starring Hollis Resnik and Christine Mild, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Terrence McNally, with direction and choreography by PMT Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by Ryan Brewster. Porchlight Revisits The Rink is presented for three-nights-only tonight, Oct. 4 through Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's In The Heights (previews begin September 9) at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (more...)

Photo Flash: Porchlight Revisits THE RINK Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

Porchlight Music Theatre (PMT) and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the initial production in the fourth season of Chicago's "lost" musicals in staged concert series, Porchlight Revisits The Rink, starring Hollis Resnik and Christine Mild, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Terrence McNally, with direction and choreography by PMT Artistic Associate Christopher Pazdernik and musical direction by Ryan Brewster. (more...)

Rebecca Luker and More Set for Garner Performing Arts Center's BROADWAY VOICES Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

See them for a fraction of their NYC ticket price! Broadways biggest stars will be featured in one-night only concerts as part of the BROADWAY VOICES series in the Triangle at GPAC. (more...)

Photo Flash: Cast of HALF A SIXPENCE Surprises Sir Cameron Mackintosh on Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

Sir Cameron Mackintosh's 70th birthday began with a 'Flash Bang Wallop' as the cast of HALF A SIXPENCE surprised him with an impromptu performance as he inspected works at the Noel Coward Theatre, ahead of their first performance later this month. Check out the photos below! (more...)

LIFE IS FOR LIVING World Premiere to Celebrate Noel Coward at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

59E59 Theaters will host the world premiere of LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD, co-created by Simon Green and David Shrubsole. Starring Mr. Green with musical direction by Mr. Shrubsole, LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD was researched by Jason Morell. Produced by Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, LIFE IS FOR LIVING: CONVERSATIONS WITH COWARD begins performances on Tuesday, December 13 for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 1. Press opening is Sunday, December 18 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Broadway Stars Set For The First Annual NiCori Winter Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2016

NiCori Studios and Productions proudly announces the first annual Winter Gala which will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7pm at Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College with a VIP After Party at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center. The Gala is presented by NiCori Studios and Productions and will feature top notch Broadway and Television performers. The goal of the Gala is to help insure that no NiCori youth student is ever turned away due to financial hardship. (more...)

BWW Interview: Mark Umbers On SHE LOVES ME at Menier Chocolate Factory
by Marianka Swain - Nov 25, 2016

Mark Umbers' diverse work includes Home Fires and Mistresses on screen and, on stage, The Glass Menagerie at the Apollo Theatre and the acclaimed revival of Merrily We Roll Along at Menier Chocolate Factory. He's returned to the Menier for She Loves Me, whose plot - two feuding employees in a Budapest shop are also, unbeknownst to them, one another's romantic pen pals - also formed the basis for the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film You've Got Mail. Umbers stars opposite Scarlett Strallen, and the show begins previews on 25 November. (more...)

Judy Kuhn Joins Company of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Four-time Tony Award Nominee Judy Kuhn(Fun Home, She Loves Me, Chess, Les Miserables) joins the cast of Fiddler on the Roof as Golde beginning tonight, Tuesday, November 22nd and will play through the show's final performance on Saturday, December 31st at 2:00 pm.  She takes over the role from Jessica Hecht whose final performance was on Sunday, November 20th. (more...)

Broadway Stars Come to Bloomfield for the First Annual NiCori Winter Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

NiCori Studios and Productions proudly announces the first annual Winter Gala which will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7pm at Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College with a VIP After Party at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center.  (more...)

Rebecca Luker and More Set for Garner Performing Arts Center's BROADWAY VOICES Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2016

See them for a fraction of their NYC ticket price! Broadways biggest stars will be featured in one-night only concerts as part of the BROADWAY VOICES series in the Triangle at GPAC. (more...)

Charlotte Spencer Joins Eve Best, Edward Bluemel, and Anthony Head in LOVE IN IDLENESS
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces that Charlotte Spencer joins Eve Best, Edward Bluemel, Anthony Head, Vivienne Rochester and Nicola Sloane in Terence Rattigan's Love in Idleness as it transfers to the Apollo Theatre for a strictly limited season. (more...)

Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for the World Premiere of THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Final casting has been announced today for the world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy", the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. (more...)

BWW Review: KING & I was a Double Delight
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Mar 6, 2017

The King & I revival national tour is closing after tonight's performance in Minneapolis and moving on to the next city but left this writer with memories that were doubly delightful. (more...)

BWW Exclusive Interview: Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg Discuss the Politics of Theatre and More!
by Andrew Burrill - Mar 6, 2017

Alain Boublil And Claude-Michel Schonberg, the artistic team behind the creation of LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON chat about Hamilton, politics, new musicals and more! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/05/2017
by BWW - Mar 5, 2017

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Trevor Nunn's Production Of Terence Rattigan's LOVE IN IDLENESS Transfers to West End
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2017

With Travesties and David Baddiel: My Family Not the Sitcom taking up residence in the West End, Funny Girl on the road as part of a major national tour, the Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the West End transfer of their current critically acclaimed revival of Terence Rattigan's Love in Idleness. (more...)

Broadway Jukebox: Countdown the Greatest Songs of Boublil & Schonberg!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2017

Warm up your vocal chords and turn up the volume.  MISS SAIGON is officially back on Broadway, and in this edition of Broadway Jukebox, we're paying tribute to the songwriting team that has brought us some of the most memorable songs in musical theatre history- Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Which songs made the cut? Check out our top ten list below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW - Mar 26, 2017

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/19/2017
by BWW - Mar 19, 2017

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SON OF A PREACHER MAN comes to Edinburgh's Festival Theatre
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Mar 17, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man, a heart-warming new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley's Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017, with dates at King's Theatre Edinburgh, 17-21 October. (more...)

New Musical SON OF A PREACHER MAN to Tour the UK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man, a heart-warming new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley's Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 3/12/2017
by BWW - Mar 12, 2017

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Broadway AM Report, January 5, 2017 - CONFUCIUS in NYC, Viola Davis on Bravo & More!
by Jessica Khan - Jan 5, 2017

Today's big news: The new Chinese dance drama CONFUCIUS comes to Lincoln Center, Viola Davis stops by INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO and more! (more...)

Cameron Mackintosh Abandons Boublil & Schonberg's Revised MARTIN GUERRE
by Jessica Khan - Jan 4, 2017

As reported back in 2015, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg were busy reworking their musical Martin Guerre for a West End return, backed by Cameron Mackintosh. (more...)

Thom Southerland to Direct World Premiere of New Musical Inspired by the Story of Louis Braille
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Acclaimed director Thom Southerland ("Ragtime", "Titanic", "Grey Gardens") is to direct the world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy". (more...)

Michael Matus and George Rae are Hopping into the West End to Star in Stephen Sondheim's THE FROGS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

Michael Matus & George Rae will play Dionysos and Xanthias in the UK premiere of the latest Broadway version of the rarely performed musical, an hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane. (more...)

THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY Announces New Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

With Mischief Theatre's production of The Play That Goes Wrong soon to open on Broadway, today the company announces the new cast for its critically acclaimed smash (and grab) hit play The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/26/2017
by BWW - Feb 26, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/26/2017 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/19/2017
by BWW - Feb 19, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/19/2017 for Chicago (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory Announces Full Casting for Revival of Terence Rattigan's LOVE IN IDLENESS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

With She Loves Me currently running at its home base, Travesties and David Baddiel: My Family Not the Sitcom taking up residence in the West End, and Funny Girl in rehearsals ahead of a major national tour, the Menier Chocolate Factory today announces full casting for their major new revival of Terence Rattigan's Love in Idleness.  (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 2/12/2017
by BWW - Feb 12, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/12/2017 for Chicago (more...)

LES MISERABLES Creators To Be Artists-in-Residence at the University of Virginia
by Andrew Burrill - Feb 1, 2017

Schonberg and Boublil will be artists-in-residence at the University of Virginia from Feb. 22 to 24, sharing their experience and creative insights with students, faculty, staff and the Charlottesville, Virginia community. (more...)

The New York Pops Announces New Board Members
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

he New York Pops' Chairman James A. Read is pleased to announce the appointment of Alain Boublil and Elizabeth Ritzcovan to the Board of Directors. (more...)

Broadway Stars Come to Bloomfield for the First Annual NiCori Winter Gala
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

NiCori Studios and Productions proudly announces the first annual Winter Gala which will be held today, December 16, 2016 at 7pm at Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College with a VIP After Party at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center.  (more...)

Ashley Robinson and Rebecca Trehearn To Star in FLOYD COLLINS at Wilton's Music Hall
by Marianka Swain - Aug 30, 2016

Musical FLOYD COLLINS today announces its fantastic cast. It will star original Chicago cast member of Wicked Ashley Robinson as cave explorer Floyd Collins, with Rebecca Trehearn, fresh from the critically acclaimed West End production of Showboat, playing his sister Nellie Collins. Jack Chissick, who recently appeared in the 2016 Olivier Award-winning production of Gypsy in the West End, has been cast as Lee Collins, with Sarah Ingram as Miss Jane, whose West End credits include Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Martin Guerre and Flashdance. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the World Premiere of THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Olivier Award nominated Jerome Pradon, whose West End credits include the UK premiere of the musical "Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown", Guillaume in "Martin Guerre", The Man in "Whistle Down the Wind", Aragorn in "The Lord of the Rings" musical, Chris in "Miss Saigon" and Javert in "Les Miserables" in London and Marius in Paris, as well as Judas in the Emmy-winning video of Jesus Christ Superstar, heads the cast of "The Braille Legacy", a musical that tells the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. (more...)

Red Bull to Stage New Version of Nikolai Erdman's THE MANDATE Next Monday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2017

Red Bull Theater today announced the cast for their next Revelation Reading on Monday May 1st (7:30pm) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street): the New York Premiere of Nikolai Erdman's The Mandate in a new version by Declan Donnellan (Cheek-by-Jowl), directed by Ethan McSweeny. (more...)

Photo Flash: Thrilling True Story THE BRAILLE LEGACY Takes the Stage
by Roy Tan - Apr 22, 2017

Acclaimed director Thom Southerland (Ragtime, Titanic, Grey Gardens) directs the world premiere of The Braille Legacy, starring West End star Jerome Pradon. (more...)

Nina Lannan & Alan Wasser to Receive 2017 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that they will present the 2017 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre to two of the most successful General Managers in the Broadway community - Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser. (more...)

First Listen to 'Liberte Egalite and Fraternite' from THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy", is the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. BroadwayWorld brings you a first listen to the song 'Liberte Egalite and Fraternite' from the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Charing Cross Theatre presents THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

The world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy", is the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. (more...)

Sally Olson's Carpenters Tribute Concert Set for The Triad
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Acclaimed Karen Carpenter sound-alike and look-alike Sally Olson will appear in concert on Saturday, April 29 at 9:30 pm at the famed Triad Theatre on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The show will include signature covers and hits by the Carpenters, such as 'We've Only Just Begun,' '(They Long To Be) Close To You,' 'Rainy Days and Mondays,' 'Superstar,' and more. (more...)

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