Claude-Michel Schönberg

Claude-Michel Schönberg (born 6 July 1944 Vannes, France) is a French record producer, actor, singer, songwriter, and musical theatre composer, best known for his collaborations with the lyricist Alain Boublil. Schönberg began his career as a record producer and a singer. He wrote most of the music for the French musical and rock opera, La Révolution Française, France’s first rock opera, in 1973, and also played the role of King Louis XVI in the show’s production that year.

In 1974 he wrote the music and the lyrics of the song “Le Premier Pas”, which became the number one hit in France that year and sold over one million copies. Le Premier Pas was produced by Franck Pourcel.

Schönberg then made an album in which he sang his own pieces. In 1978, he dedicated his full attention to musicals when he and Boublil conceived the idea for a stage musical version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, which opened at the Palais de Sports in Paris in 1980. The musical opened to acclaim in London in 1985 and on Broadway in 1987. The Broadway production was nominated for twelve Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

In 1989, Schönberg and Boublil took London by storm with the musical Miss Saigon, which starred Lea Salonga and Jonathan Pryce. In its transition to Broadway the show broke advance-ticket sales, earning $24 million before its premiere on 11 April 1991. The show was nominated for ten Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

In 1997 Schönberg and Boublil premiered a new musical, Martin Guerre at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. The musical won the 1997 Olivier Award and went on to tour the UK and the United States.

2001 saw the composition of Schönberg’s first ballet score, Wuthering Heights. This production was performed by the United Kingdom’s Northern Ballet Theatre Company in September 2002.

In 2011 Claude-Michel Schonberg created the musical score for the new ballet “Cleopatra” for the Northern Ballet, based in Leeds. Choreography is by the Ballet’s artistic director David Nixon. The show is during the UK throughout the spring summer and autumn of 2011.

Edited from Wikipedia

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