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Claude-Michel Schönberg


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Claude-Michel Schönberg (born July 6, 1944 in Vannes, France) is a French record producer, actor, singer, popular songwriter, and musical theatre composer.

These include the musicals:

* La Révolution Française (1973)
* Les Misérables (1980 french version- 1985 english version)
* Miss Saigon (1989)
* Martin Guerre (1996)
* Wuthering Heights (ballet 2001)
* The Pirate Queen (2006)
* Marguerite (2009)

Schönberg began his career as a record producer and a singer. By the early 1970s he had become successful.

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 1 popular song in France that year and sold over 1 million copies. Le Premier Pas was produced by Franck Pourcel. He recorded albums as a singer until 1985.

Schönberg then made an album in which he sang his own songs. 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 Palias de Sports in Paris in 1980. The musical opened to acclaim in London in 1985 and on Broadway in 1987.


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