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Marguerite is the beautiful and notorious mistress of a high ranking German officer. Armand is a young musician half her age who falls obsessively in love with her. Their dangerous love story is played out against the background of Occupied Paris.

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Une œuvre magnifique, pleine d'intelligence et de sensitbilité.


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Based on the 1848 novel La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils. - See more at: http://www.ovrtur.com/show/126210#sthash.EbCFuwxd.dpuf

Génèse du musical

It began previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London on 7 May 2008 and had its press night on 20 May 2008. Co-authors and producers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg announced an early closing date of 13 September 2008 (it had been scheduled to run through 1 November 2008).

A new production of Marguerite opened on 2 December 2010 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. This production was entirely different from the original staging in London, completely rewritten book and lyrics by Alain Boublil and his wife Marie Zamora. New musical numbers were written by Michel Legrand and completely new orchestration added by William David Brohn. This new version was produced by the subsidized theatre NDM (National Moravian Silesian Theatre) in Czech, with lyrics by Michael Prostejovsky. The Czech creative team was led by director Gabriela Haukvicová. The main actress Hana Fialová in the leading role was nominated for the Thalie Award in the category "operetta, musical and other musical-dramatic genres" for outstanding female stage performance.

The original version of the show had one of its first out of London stagings at The Mill Studio in Guildford from 12–15 January 2011, by PH Productions, featuring Becky Van-Orden as Marguerite and Oliver Trumble as Armand, supported by a cast of 16.

The first London revival of Marguerite shall be staged by Alex Parker Productions from 3-28 October 2012 at the Tabard Theatre, having undergone extensive reworking. Whilst the concept has changed significantly, the featured songs are a hybrid of the Theatre Royal Haymarket production and the Ostrava, Czech Republic production. It features a totally new book with revised plot by Alain Boublil assisted by Director Guy Unsworth. The score has received a rigorous re-working by Jude Obermüller. Featuring a new 7-piece orchestration, Obermüller (under Boublil's supervision) has made major structural changes to the existing material, created several new musical arrangements and new vocal arrangements. Additional lyrics and book have been provided by Callum McIntyre.



Liste des chansons

Act I
"Come One Come All" – Ensemble
"Let the World Turn" – Marguerite, Georges and Ensemble
"Jazz Time" – Annette, Armand, Lucien, Pierrot and Ensemble
"China Doll" – Marguerite
"China Doll" (Reprise) – Armand and Marguerite
"The Face I See" – Marguerite
"Time Was When" – Lucien, Annette, Pierrot and Armand
"The World Begins Today" – Ensemble
"Waiting" – Armand and Marguerite
"Intoxication" – Armand, Marguerite and Otto
"Day by Day (Part One)" – Ensemble
"I Am Here" – Marguerite and Armand
"Take Good Care of Yourself" – Annette and Lucien

Act II
"Day by Day (Part Two)" – Marguerite, Armand, Otto and Ensemble
"Dreams Shining Dreams" – Marguerite and Armand
"Take Good Care of Yourself" (Reprise) – Annette
"I Hate the Very Thought of Women" – Otto
"The Letter" – Marguerite and Otto
"What's Left of Love" – Armand
"Paris" – Chanteuse, Marguerite, Otto, Armand, Pierrot and Lucien
"Day by Day (Part Three)" – Ensemble
"How Did I Get to Where I Am?" – Marguerite
"Day by Day (Part Four)" – Ensemble
"Come One Come All (Reprise)" – Ensemble
"Finale" – Marguerite and Armand

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Marguerite was received positively by the critics. The Daily Mail called it "magnifique", stating that it was everything "a proper West End musical should be", and particularly praised Ruthie Henshall's performance. Richard Littlejohn however was more critical, describing it as "not a patch on Les Mis". The Sunday Telegraph said it was a "remarkable production" that "raises that bar for modern musicals". The Daily Telegraph praised the leading actors, as did The Independent and The Times.


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