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Herbert Kretzmer was born in South Africa, where he began a career in journalism writing the commentary for a weekly cinema newsreel. He came to live in London in 1954, and has since pursued twin careers as newspaperman and songwriter. He was feature writer on The Daily Sketch and a profile writer on The Sunday Despatch. He joined The Daily Express in 1960 and later became its drama critic, a post he held for 18 years, covering about 3,000 first nights.
From 1979 to 1987, he wrote television criticism for The Daily Mail, winning, in this capacity, two national press awards.

As a lyric writer he wrote weekly songs for That Was The Week That Was and the later Ned Sherrin television shows. He won an Ivor Novello Award for the Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comedy song ‘Goodness Gracious Me’. Other award-winning songs include two written with, and for, Charles Aznavour: ‘Yesterday When I Was Young’ and the chart-topping ‘She’.

Herbert Kretzmer wrote the book and lyrics for the West End musical Our Man Crichton, which starred Kenneth More and Millicent Martin, and the lyrics for The Four Musketeers, which ran for over a year at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, starring Harry Secombe as D’Artagnan. He also supplied the lyrics for the Anthony Newley musical film Can Heironymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? He was the co-lyricist for Kristina which he wrote with Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (ABBA), premiered at Carnegie Hall, New York, in September 2009.
Herbert Kretzmer’s latest work is Marguerite, written with Michel Legrand, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.

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Tickets On Sale For LES MISERABLES At Fox Theatre

Tickets for LES MISÉRABLES at Fox Theatre, Feb 16, are now on sale. Don't miss the world's most popular musical playing in Atlanta for one week only, June 4-9.

Alfie Boe, Killian Donnelly, Michael Ball, and Bradley Jaden Will Lead LES MISERABLES THE ARENA SPECTACULAR World Tour

Alfie Boe and Killian Donnelly will share the role of Jean Valjean and Michael Ball and Bradley Jaden will share the role of Javert in the UK, leading a cast and orchestra of over 65 in the forthcoming World Tour of LES MISÉRABLES THE ARENA SPECTACULAR. Learn more about the tour here!

LES MISERABLES Comes To Overture Center in February

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, is coming to Madison on Wednesday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 18 in Overture Hall.

Theatre Under The Stars to Present TUTS Texas All-State Musical Production LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION

Theatre Under The Stars will present the first-ever TUTS Texas All-State Musical production! Find out more about this exciting new production.

T.3's New EP OPTION UP, Featuring Shoshana Bean & More Now Available on CD

T.3, the viral vocal trio, releases their new EP 'OPTION UP' featuring Broadway special guests SHOSHANA BEAN, MORGAN JAMES, and AISHA JACKSON. Now available on CD.

Feature: MILAN VAN WAARDENBURG SPEELT HOOFDROL IN LES MISERABLES IN LONDEN!

Producent Cameron Mackintosh is verheugd te melden dat Milan van Waardenburg, vanaf maandag 11 maart 2024, de hoofdrol van Jean Valjean gaat spelen in Les Misérables in het Londense Sondheim Theatre. Milan maakt zijn West End debuut nadat hij onlangs nog in Nederland en België in Les Misérables te zien was. Voor zijn vertolking van de hoofdrol van Jean Valjean ontving hij lovende kritieken en een Musical Award nominatie voor Beste Hoofdrolspeler in een Grote Musical. Milan was eerder oa te zien als Prins Hans in Disney's Frozen in Duitsland, Dimitri in Anastasia zowel in Duitsland als in Nederland, luitenant Frederic Charles en Quasimodo in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame en Herbert in Tanz der Vampire, beide op tournee door Duitsland. Naast Milan zijn ook de Nederlanders Djavan van de Fliert en Anouk van Laake in de Londense versie van Les Misérables te zien. 

Peter Joback and Milan van Waardenburg to Join LES MISERABLES at the Sondheim Theatre

New casting has been announced for LES MISÉRABLES at the Sondheim Theatre, with Swedish star, Peter Jöback and Dutch leading artist, Milan van Waardenburg taking on the role of Jean Valjean respectively in the critically acclaimed production. 

Photos: See New Production Images of LES MISERABLES in the West End

Check out new production photos of Les Miserables in the West End!

LES MISERABLES Kicks Off The New Year At The Lied Center!

Get your tickets now for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg's LES MISÉRABLES at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Don't miss the world's most popular musical!

T.3's New EP OPTION UP Featuring Shoshana Bean & More Out Now

T.3 - Viral Vocal Trio releases new EP 'OPTION UP' featuring Broadway special guests SHOSHANA BEAN, MORGAN JAMES, and AISHA JACKSON. Check it out now!

LES MISERABLES Returns To Boston Performances At The Citizens Bank Opera House, August 13 �" 25

Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, are now on sale.  Performances at the Citizens Bank Opera House August 13 – 25, 2024.  LES MISÉRABLES is part of the 23/24 Lexus Broadway In Boston season.

Tickets For LES MISERABLES at Overture Center Go On Sale This Week

Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, will go on sale Friday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. for its engagement at Overture Center Feb. 14-18.

LES MISERABLES Returns to Toronto's Princess Of Wales Theatre in March

Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, will go on sale at 10am on Monday November 13.

The Muny Unveils 106th Season Featuring LES MISERABLES, DREAMGIRLS, WAITRESS & More

The Muny has revealed the seven show lineup for its 106th Season. The season, bursting with premieres, comedies, romance and magic, opens June 17, 2024 and runs through August 25, 2024.

Tickets to LES MISERABLES At The Hobby Center To Go On Sale This Week

Get your tickets now for Les Misérables at the Hobby Center in Houston. Experience the acclaimed production of this iconic musical from January 23-28, 2024. Tickets start at $45.

LES MISERABLES Returns to Memphis in February 2024

Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, will go on sale Friday, October 20 at 10am for its engagement at Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre February 6 -11, 2024.

Killian Donnelly to Return to LES MISERABLES as Jean Valjean For 15 Weeks Only

Killian Donnelly will return to LES MISÉRABLES as Jean Valjean in the production at the Sondheim Theatre. Learn how to purchase tickets!

LES MISERABLES and HAMILTON Extend Booking Until 28 September 2024

LES MISÉRABLES at the Sondheim Theatre and HAMILTON at the Victoria Palace Theatre both announce today booking extensions until Saturday 28 September 2024. Find out how to get tickets to these iconic musicals here!

Single Tickets For LES MISERABLES On Sale This Week At MainStage at Proctors

Get ready to experience the world's most popular musical! Single tickets for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of LES MISÉRABLES will be available for purchase starting Thursday, October 5th. Don't miss your chance to see this iconic show at Proctors in Schenectady from March 19th to 24th, 2024.

Video: LES MISERABLES Celebrates 15,000 Performances in London's West End

Les Miserables celebrated it's 15,000th performance in London's West End on 28 September 2023. Check out videos of the cast celebrating the milestone here!

Herbert Kretzmer FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Herbert Kretzmer has written 4 shows including Our Man Crichton (Bookwriter/Lyricist), The Four Musketeers (Lyricist), Les Miserables (Lyricist), Martin Guerre (Lyricist).

Herbert Kretzmer has been nominated for several awards. He was nominated for Best Musical at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Les Misérables. Additionally, he was nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for Les Misérables.

Herbert Kretzmer has won several awards for his work on the musical "Les Misérables." He received the Best Musical award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for "Les Misérables." Additionally, he won the Tony Award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for his contributions to "Les Misérables."

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