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Herbert Kretzmer

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[West End, 2021] [Replacement]
Lyricist[Replacement]
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Lyrics
 
[Broadway, 2006] [Replacement]
Lyricist[Replacement]

Writing

Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Lyricist
Bookwriter/Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer Biography

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 ‚ÄėGoodness Gracious Me‚Äô. Other award-winning songs include two written with, and for, Charles Aznavour: ‚ÄėYesterday When I Was Young‚Äô and the chart-topping ‚ÄėShe‚Äô.

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.

Herbert Kretzmer Awards and Nominations

 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1987 - Best Musical Gold Star
Herbert Kretzmer, Les Misérables
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Gold Star
Herbert Kretzmer, Les Misérables

Herbert Kretzmer News

LES MISERABLES On Sale Friday At The Hippodrome Theatre, October 21 Photo LES MISERABLES On Sale Friday At The Hippodrome Theatre, October 21
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 20, 2022

Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISERABLES, will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, October 21 at 10 a.m. for its engagement at the Hippodrome Theatre (Feb 7-12, 2023). Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com.

Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour at Key Bank State Photo Review: LES MISERABLES National Tour at Key Bank State
by Roy Berko - Oct 17, 2022

What did our critic think of LES MISERABLES (2022 TOUR) at Key Bank State? This is a musical with the word 'miserable' in the title, has physical beatings and numerous onstage deaths, and lacks a typical happy ending. Is this the stuff musicals are made of? Not usually. But, there is no reason that serious subjects cannot be treated in the musical form. Les Miz proves that contention, as does 'Next to Normal' and 'Dear Evan Hanson,' and proves it well.

LES MISERABLES National Tour is Coming to Philadelphia's Kimmel Cultural Campus in No Photo LES MISERABLES National Tour is Coming to Philadelphia's Kimmel Cultural Campus in November
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 19, 2022

Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh's production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISERABLES, are currently on sale for its return engagement on Philadelphia's Kimmel Cultural Campus, November 2 through November 13, 2022 at the historic Academy of Music.

Boublil and Schoenberg Revising MARTIN GUERRE for Potential London 2024 Run Photo Boublil and Schoenberg Revising MARTIN GUERRE for Potential London 2024 Run
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 17, 2022

According to an interview with The Age, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg are currently revising Martin Guerre for a potential London run in 2024. Paul Hodge, who wrote Clinton: The Musical, is helping with the rewrite. Original producer Cameron Mackintosh has returned the rights to the creators and will not be involved. 

Siobhan O'Driscoll and Lauren Drew Will Join the UK Tour of LES MISERABLES Photo Siobhan O'Driscoll and Lauren Drew Will Join the UK Tour of LES MISERABLES
by Stephi Wild - Aug 30, 2022

Cameron Mackintosh has announced Siobhan O'Driscoll as 'Eponine' and Lauren Drew as 'Fantine' joining the company of the acclaimed UK and Ireland Tour of Boublil and Sch√∂nberg's ‚ÄúLES MISERABLES‚ÄĚ.

New Cast Announced For LES MISERABLES From 27 September Photo New Cast Announced For LES MISERABLES From 27 September
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 19, 2022

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce new cast members joining the critically acclaimed new production of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre from Tuesday 27 September. 

Casting Announced For LES MISERABLES at PPAC Photo Casting Announced For LES MISERABLES at PPAC
by Stephi Wild - Aug 12, 2022

Casting for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Sch√∂nberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISERABLES, has been announced. Tickets for its engagement at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) November 15 ‚Äď 20, 2022 are on sale now.¬†

Nick Cartell, Preston Truman Boyd & More to Lead LES MISERABLES North American Tour Photo Nick Cartell, Preston Truman Boyd & More to Lead LES MISERABLES North American Tour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 12, 2022

Casting for Cameron Mackintosh‚Äôs production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Sch√∂nberg‚Äôs Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon,¬†LES MIS√ČRABLES, has been announced. The show will¬†play more than 60 week-long and multi-week engagements through the next two years and beyond.¬†

LES MISERABLES Comes To The Fisher Theatre December 20, 2022 - January 8, 2023 Photo LES MISERABLES Comes To The Fisher Theatre December 20, 2022 - January 8, 2023
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 3, 2022

Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh‚Äôs acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Sch√∂nberg‚Äôs Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon,¬†LES MIS√ČRABLES, will go on sale August 12 at 10:00 a.m. for its engagement at Detroit‚Äôs Fisher Theatre December 20, 2022 ‚Äď January 8, 2023.

LES MISERABLES On Sale At Providence Performing Arts Center, August 3 Photo LES MISERABLES On Sale At Providence Performing Arts Center, August 3
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 1, 2022

Tickets for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Sch√∂nberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISERABLES, will go on sale on Wednesday, August 3 at 10A for its engagement at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) November 15 ‚Äď 20, 2022.

Herbert Kretzmer Videos

VIDEO: Watch All New Clips From LES MISERABLES at the Sondheim Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch All New Clips From LES MISERABLES at the Sondheim Theatre

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 5, 2022

New footage has been¬†released of¬†LES MIS√ČRABLES¬†at the Sondheim Theatre.¬†Check out the all new trailer here!

VIDEO: Old Tweet from Newly Elected Senator Jon Ossoff Points Fans to Anime LES MISER Videoplay
VIDEO: Old Tweet from Newly Elected Senator Jon Ossoff Points Fans to Anime LES MISERABLES

by Stage Tube - Jan 8, 2021

Newly elected senator Jon Ossoff is in the national spotlight this week and so are his tastes in pop culture. A recent NBC News story unearthed a  a tweet from 2013, in which Ossoff recommends a anime version of Les Miserables' 'On Day More.' 

Broadway Rewind: LES MISERABLES Rebuilds the Barricade on Broadway Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: LES MISERABLES Rebuilds the Barricade on Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 9, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014 for the second Broadway revival of Les Miserables. Les Miserables opened on March 23 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1024 performances.

VIDEO: Watch LES MISERABLES Casts Unite for an Epic 'One Day More' Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch LES MISERABLES Casts Unite for an Epic 'One Day More'

by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2020

What happens when cast members from Les Miserables' 33-year history unite? An epic sing-a-long, of course! Watch below as members of Les Miserables companies, from 1987 to the present, return to the stage to share this anthem of hope in these challenging times, until stages around the world light up once more.

VIDEO: Go Inside the Newly Renovated Sondheim Theatre - Home of LES MISERABLES on the Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside the Newly Renovated Sondheim Theatre - Home of LES MISERABLES on the West End

by Stage Tube - Jan 12, 2020

The newly renovated Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queen's Theatre) officially re-opened in December 2019. The theatre is home to Les Miserables.

VIDEO: LES MISERABLES Prepares For Its West End Return! Videoplay
VIDEO: LES MISERABLES Prepares For Its West End Return!

by Stage Tube - Dec 18, 2019

Ahead of its first performance at the Sondheim Theatre tonight, get a look at rehearsals as a new chapter in Les Miserables history, as the cast prepares for its West End production.

VIDEO: LES MISERABLES Premieres at the Teresa Carre√Īo Theater in Venezuela Videoplay
VIDEO: LES MISERABLES Premieres at the Teresa Carre√Īo Theater in Venezuela

by Stage Tube - Nov 8, 2019

'Les Miserables' premiered at the Teresa Carre√Īo Theater in Caracas, the country's biggest theatre.

VIDEO: Hong Kong Protesters Sing 'Do You Hear The People Sing?' From LES MISERABLES;  Videoplay
VIDEO: Hong Kong Protesters Sing 'Do You Hear The People Sing?' From LES MISERABLES; Lyricist Herbert Kretzmer Comments

by Stage Tube - Jun 26, 2019

Last weekend, protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets to fight for freedom from the power of China. Their anthem is one Broadway fans know well, 'Do You Hear The People Sing?' from Les Miserables.

VIDEO: Watch LES MIS Tour's Fantine, Melissa Mitchell, Sing I Dreamed a Dream Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch LES MIS Tour's Fantine, Melissa Mitchell, Sing I Dreamed a Dream

by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2017

Yesterday, Melissa Mitchell stopped by Windy City LIVE to give us a sneak peek into the current North American Tour of Les Mis. Check out her I Dreamed a Dream below:

VIDEO: Adorable 3-Year-Old Performs LES MISERABLES' 'Do You Hear the People Sing?'
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 24, 2015

Below, three-year-old toddler Koen gives a passionate performance of the anthem, 'Do You Hear The People Sing?' from LES MISERABLES. Les Miserables. Do you think he's ready for Broadway?


Herbert Kretzmer Frequently Asked Questions

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

What awards has Herbert Kretzmer been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Les Misérables and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Les Misérables .

What awards has Herbert Kretzmer won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Les Misérablesand Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Les Misérables.