Alain Boublil is a French musical theatre lyricist and librettist, best known for his collaborations with the composer Claude-Michel Schönberg for musicals on Broadway and London's West End. These include: La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen, Marguerite. Boublil was born to a Sephardic Jewish family. Boublil's first musical, La Révolution Française, was the first-ever staged French rock opera, it was conceived by Boublil in 1973 after he watched the premiere of Jesus Christ Superstar in New York. The composer was Claude-Michel Schönberg, with whom Boublil has since collaborated on a number of successful projects, including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon. Les Misérables first opened in Paris in 1980. On 8 October 1985, an English-language production of Les Misérables produced by Cameron Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird premiered in London at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Barbican Theatre; the show transferred to the West End's Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985.
It is the longest-running musical in West End history. Productions based on the Nunn/Mackintosh staging of Les Misérables have been staged all over the world, including a second French production which opened in Paris in 1991. Worldwide, Les Misérables has been seen by over 50 million people, with a total box office gross of over $1.8 billion. Miss Saigon opened in London on 20 September 1989 where it played for 10 consecutive successful years at the Drury Lane Theatre, it spawned two US touring companies, a Toronto production and has been seen by more than 13.2 million people in North America for a gross of $612 million. With Javier Arroyuelo and Rafael Lopez Sanchez, Boublil worked on the French translation of The Rocky Horror Show for its French premiere in 1975. Alain and Daniel Boublil created Abbacadabra, a French children's musical based on songs from the pop group ABBA, for French television in 1983. Martin Guerre won the 1997 Olivier Award for Best Musical. Productions on tour in the UK and the US, Europe followed, but the show failed to repeat the success of its two predecessors.
Boublil has written the play Le Journal d'Adam et Eve, based on two short stories by Mark Twain. It premiered in Paris in 1994 at Le Petit Montparnasse, he has worked on the stage adaptation of Jacques Demy's Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, together with composer Michel Legrand, that opened at Le Palais des Congrès in 2003. Boublil and Schönberg's The Pirate Queen—a musical about the 16th century Irish pirate and adventuress Grace O'Malley—debuted at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre in fall 2006, it moved to Broadway, where it closed in 2007. The musical starred Stephanie J. Block as Grace, Hadley Fraser as Tiernan; the musical Marguerite is by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, includes music by Michel Legrand and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Set during World War II in occupied Paris, inspired by the romantic novel The Lady of the Camellias, Marguerite is about the mistress of a high-ranking German officer who attracts the love of a pianist half her age; the musical premiered on 6 May 2008 at the Royal Haymarket Theatre in London.
Marguerite received its London revival at the Tabard Theatre, Chiswick in October 2012. Staged by Alex Parker Productions, the revised show had a new book by Boublil and Guy Unsworth, a reworked score by Jude Obermüller, he was nominated for Best Original Song at the 70th Golden Globe Awards for the song "Suddenly" from the 2012 film version of Les Misérables. Alain Boublil has had two sons Stefan Boublil, born in 1969, Sébastien born in 1975 with his first wife Francoise Pourcel, he had two more boys and Maxime with his second wife, Marie Zamora. Stefan went on to have two children with Gina Alvarez; these children, born in 2002 and 2006, are named Leeloo. Alain Boublil at the Internet Broadway Database Alain Boublil on IMDb
Paul Revere Park is a 5-acre park located on the Charles River in Charlestown, Massachusetts. The park was the first park to open along the "Lost Half Mile" of the Charles River as mitigation for the taking of planned parkland for the construction of the Big Dig; the park runs along the Charles River between the Freedom Trail on North Washington Street and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge; the park features a large oval-shaped lawn, an informal performance area, a playground. The park first opened in 1999, although the upstream portions of the park were used as a staging area for the construction of the Zakim Bridge and did not open until 2007; the North Bank Bridge, a 690-foot pedestrian bridge under the Zakim Bridge and over the MBTA railroad tracks leading into North Station, opened in 2012, connecting the park to North Point Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Media related to Paul Revere Park at Wikimedia Commons
Wettenhausen Abbey was an Imperial Abbey of Augustinian Canons until its secularization in 1802-1803. Being one of the 40-odd self-ruling Imperial Abbeys of the Holy Roman Empire, Wettenhaussen Abbey was a independent state, its abbot had seat and voice in the Imperial Diet, where he sat on the Bench of the Prelates of Swabia. At the time of secularization, the Abbey's territory covered 56 square kilometers and it had about 5,400 subjects, it is now a Dominican convent. The abbey is in Wettenhausen in the municipality of Kammeltal in Bavaria; the abbey, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint George, was founded in 1130 by Countess Gertrud of Roggenstein and her two sons for the salvation of their soul. According to an ancient chronicle, the Countess told her two sons that she would endow the new monastery with as much land as she could plow in a day, she mounted a horse around whose neck she hung a good luck charm and succeeded in plowing a vast area. The exact date when the Abbey obtained the coveted status of Imperial Abbey is uncertain.
Wettenhaussen Abbey was dissolved in the course of the secularization of 1803 and its territory annexed to Bavaria. The library of 7,000 volumes was transferred to the library at Dillingen; the premises were thereafter used for a rent office. In 1864 the buildings were acquired by the Dominican Sisters of St Ursula's in Augsburg, who established a school here, which today is a Gymnasium specialising in music and the sciences; the former abbey church of the Assumption is now a parish church. It was altered in the 17th in the Baroque style by Michael Thumb. Wüst, Wolfgang, 1983. Das Reichsstift Wettenhausen: Besitz, Herrschaftsorganisation und Landeshoheit, in: Kloster Wettenhausen. Beiträge aus Geschichte und Gegenwart im Rückblick auf sein tausendjähriges Bestehen 982–1982, pp29–45. Weißenhorn. Wüst, Wolfgang, 2001. Die Suche nach dem irdischen Reich in schwäbischen Gotteshäusern. Herrschaftliche Souveränität als Thema der Klosterchronistik. Wettenhausen und Kaisheim im Vergleich, in: Suevia Sacra.
Zur Geschichte der ostschwäbischen Reichsstifte im Spätmittelalter und in der Frühen Neuzeit, pp115–132. Sigmaringen. Media related to Wettenhausen Abbey at Wikimedia Commons Wettenhausen Abbey on Klöster in Bayern