January 21, 1989 |
A senior French official in the Ministry of Finance resigned Friday amid an expanding investigation of illegal stock market transactions that has shaken the Socialist government in recent days. Alain Boublil, cabinet director for Finance Minister Pierre Beregovoy and former aide to President Francois Mitterrand, is the central figure in a case of alleged insider trading involving the $1.3-billion purchase last November of a U.S.
November 4, 2005 |
"The Pirate Queen," an epic musical tale from the writers of "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon," will open in Chicago next year on its way to Broadway. The show, which will begin performances Oct. 3, 2006, at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, features a book and score by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. "The Pirate Queen" tells the story of Grace O'Malley, a spirited Irish clan leader who resists the English domination of Ireland. No casting was announced.
December 13, 1988 |
Coming soon (well, in 1991 or so) from Tri-Star Pictures: A film version of the smash musical "Les Miserables," to be directed by Alan Parker and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The attachment of Parker, whose film "Mississippi Burning" opened last Friday, to the "Les Miz" film project was what was required to get the film version rolling, according to Daily Variety.
September 18, 1989 |
"Miss Saigon," an updated version of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" set in Vietnam as the Americans are fleeing Saigon, opens at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Wednesday. It's the new show from the French team that reworked Victor Hugo into the theatrical hit "Les Miserables," librettist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schonberg. Comforted by a hefty $7.5-million advance sale, Boublil and Schonberg now await the judgment of the critics.
February 25, 2013 |
In an Oscars broadcast that was packed with tributes to movie musicals, "Les Miserables" won three Academy Awards on Sunday, including a win for Anne Hathaway for supporting actress. The film also won in the categories of sound mixing and make-up. Hathaway had been widely expected to win for her role as Fantine, having already picked up most major awards leading up to Sunday's ceremony. In her acceptance speech, the actress said that she hopes the "misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and not in real life.
September 22, 1989 |
London theatergoers Thursday morning were singing the praises of the town's newest musical hit, "Miss Saigon," which opened the previous night to the tune of a $7.5-million advance ticket sale. And for the most part, London critics found much to like in this retelling of the "Madama Butterfly" story that has been updated and set in Vietnam. "It has the power to move one to tears . . . an evening of shattering dimensions," wrote Jack Tinker in the Daily Mail.