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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.





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by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

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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...)

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BWW Exclusive Interview: Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg Discuss the Politics of Theatre and More!
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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...)

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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

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Broadway Jukebox: Countdown the Greatest Songs of Boublil & Schonberg!
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SON OF A PREACHER MAN comes to Edinburgh's Festival Theatre
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New Musical SON OF A PREACHER MAN to Tour the UK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

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Julian Clary to Star in the World Premiere of LE GRAND MORT
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Julian Clary is to star in the world premiere of the black comedy Le Grand Mort. (more...)

Diana Vickers to create the role of Kat in SON OF A PREACHER MAN
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by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

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SISTER ACT Returns To Manchester Next Month
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James Nelson-Joyce to Co-Star with Julian Clary in the World Premiere of LE GRAND MORT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2017

James Nelson-Joyce  is to co-star with the previously announced Julian Clary in the world premiere of the two-handed black comedy, Le Grand Mort. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

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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...)

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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...)

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by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

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Kronborg Returns – Concert Performance Announced at Confederation Centre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2017

Kronborg is coming home. After a sold-out performance at Indian River in July, Confederation Centre is pleased to announce an encore concert performance of Kronborg 1582 - coming home to the Centre for one night only. The rock opera starring P.E.I.'s Aaron Hastelow as Hamlet will be presented on September 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Homburg Theatre. (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...)

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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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