Cameron Mackintosh & Alain Boublil Release Statement on Donald Trump's Use of LES MIS Tune at Miami Rally
As BroadwayWorld reported over the weekend, at a recent rally in Miami, presidential candidate Donald Trump made his way to the stage to the sounds of Boublil and Schoenberg's, "Do You Hear the People Sing?" -- a theme from the beloved Broadway musical LES MISERABLES.
Now, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and the co-creators of the musical have released a joint statement objecting to Trump's use of the anthem.
According to the Guardian, the statement reads: "The authors of LES MISERABLES were not asked for permission and did not authorise or endorse usage of Do You Hear the People Sing? at last [week's] Trump rally in Miami, and have never done so for any of the songs from the musical for this or any other political event."
"As the musical's popularity and universal message have been part of international popular culture for more than 30 years now, countless political and social movements around the world, including the first Bill Clinton and Obama campaigns, have independently embraced songs from the musical as a rallying cry for their own cause," Mackintosh continued.
An intellectual property lawyer interviewed by the Guardian said Mackintosh might have a legal case against Trump: "Assuming that there wasn't a fully disclosed, informed consent given, then he can sue for infringement of copyright."
No word yet on the subject from the Trump campaign.
Watch Trump's entrance below:
Photo Credit: Johan Persson
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