CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG (Music and Book) is a successful record producer and songwriter who began his collaboration with Alain Boublil in 1973, writing the musical score for the very first French musical, La Revolution Francais.  Mr. Schonberg played Louis XVI in that production and also co-produced the double gold record album of the show. In 1974 he recorded an album, singing his own compositions and lyrics, which included the number one hit single "Le Premier Pas." In 1980, after two years work on the score, Les Miserables opened in Paris, where it was seen by more than half a million people. The recording was awarded two gold discs in 1981. In 1983 Mr. Schonberg produced an opera album in Paris with Julia-Migenes Johnson and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Since working on the London production of Les Miserables and co-producing the gold London cast album as well as the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast album, Mr. Schonberg has been involved in the casting of all of the American, Japanese, Australian and future productions of Les Miserables. In 1987 Mr. Schonberg received two coveted Tony Awards, for Best Score and Best Book, for the Broadway production of Les Miserables. He also worked closely on the newly-released symphonic recording of Les Miserables, whilst preparing Miss Saigon, with Alain Boublil, their latest musical which is running in the West End, on Broadway, in Tokyo, Toronto and on a US national tour. Mr. Schonberg has recently scored symphonic suites for both Miss Saigon and Les Miserables and he and Mr. Boublil are now completing work on the screenplays for motion picture versions of both shows. Their new stage musical, Martin Guerre, opened in London in July 1996 and is currently booking to January 1998.
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