"Les Mis" creators reworking earlier show, "Martin Guerre"


NEW YORK >> Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, creators of the stirring musicals "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon," are once again reworking their show "Martin Guerre" and hope to put it in an opera house with its original ending.

The Tony Award-winning duo, who are being celebrated Monday with a star-filled concert at The New York Pops, tell The Associated Press that they are rethinking their third collaboration by going back to the original sparks of creativity.

"We are bringing back a kind of authenticity and emotion to the work, which is very gratifying for us," said Boublil, the lyricist and librettist. "Many opera houses now are welcoming serious musicals with heavy subject matter. We think that 'Martin Guerre' belongs there."

"Martin Guerre" tells the story of a 16th-century soldier in a religiously divided France who assumes another man's identity and falls in love with the man's wife.

It originally opened in London in 1996, won the Olivier Award for best musical and ran for over 700 performances. The show toured the U.S. for nine months, making stops in Minneapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

It never landed on Broadway, in part, because super-producer Cameron Mackintosh thought it wasn't finished, and the pair has been tinkering with it for years.


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