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Concert Reading Features New Boublil and Schönberg Musical

Musical of revolution and love combines symphonic and rock music

  • First collaboration between American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University and FWD Theatre Project
  • Workshop features award-winning writers, Northwestern faculty, professional and student actors
  • Boublil, Schönberg and Mahler will be in attendance for workshop on Evanston campus
  • Concert reading 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 at Thalia Hall in Chicago
EVANSTON, Ill. --- A workshop and concert reading of the new musical “La Révolution Française,” written by the Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated writing team Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (“Les Misérables,” “Miss Saigon,” “The Pirate Queen”), will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28 at Thalia Hall in Chicago.

The event is produced and presented by The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University and the FWD Theatre Project.

Set amid the French Revolution, the story centers on the impossible love between Charles Gauthier and Isabelle de Montmorency. Gauthier is the son of a shopkeeper who becomes a member of the Tiers-État; Isabelle is an aristocrat who is forced to flee with the royal family.  Combining the sounds of both symphonic and rock music, “La Révolution Française” is an epic new musical of revolution and love.

The musical features music by the team of Schönberg and Raymond Jeannot, original text by Boublil and Jean-Max Riviere, with English adaptation of book and lyrics by Jeff Award-winning Northwestern alumnus Michael Mahler (“October Sky,” “Hero,” “How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?”).

The workshop and concert reading are directed by 44-time Jeff Award-nominated AMTP Artistic Director David H. Bell (“Hot Mikado,” “The Bowery Boys”) with music direction by Mahler and Jeff Award-winning Roberta Duchak (Les Misérables film, Drury Lane Oakbrook).

Boublil, Schönberg and Mahler will be in residence on the University’s Evanston campus from Sep. 19 to 28, workshopping the piece with a cast of 10 professional actors, two Northwestern faculty members, two AMTP and FWD Board Members and 23 Northwestern undergraduate actors.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with one of the most successful musical theatre writing teams in history to present the English premiere of this beautiful show,” said Ryan Garson, AMTP general manager. “We’ve put together an all-star team of writers, director, music directors, musicians and actors -- professionals and students -- to bring this show to life.” 

“Thalia Hall is a beautiful historic concert hall, making this the ideal location to imagine the full potential of this soaring new musical,” said Amber Mak, the artistic director of FWD Theater. “The collaboration and partnership of all of this amazing talent will create something brand new for the American audiences, making it sure to be a night to remember."

The concert reading of “La Révolution Française” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport Street, Chicago.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for drinks before the concert reading.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at on the LRFChicago website.

American Music Theatre Project

The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) creates a mutually beneficial bridge between the educational and professional theatre communities, giving students the opportunity to work with established artists, while also providing those artists a safe and culturally vibrant space in which to cultivate new work in the early stages of development.  To learn more about AMTP, visit the AMTP website.

FWD Theatre Project                                       

FWD Theatre Project’s mission is to establish Chicago as a premier place to develop the new American musical by producing a festival of new works.  FWD Theatre Project launched in September 2014 and instantly became the hottest new musical development company in town.  Dedicated to discovering, developing and delivering the best new shows to Chicago’s producing theatres, FWD has quickly become one of the city’s most-watched arts initiatives.  To learn more about FWD, visit the FWD Theatre website.

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