LES MISERABLES

The global phenomenon in Slovakia!

Marie originated the role of Cosette in the 1991 Paris production of Les Misérables, her first major professional role after graduating from the Conservatoire de Paris. Nearly 30 years later ‘Les Misérables’ has performed in 22 languages to 70 million people around the world from the West End to Broadway and beyond and is the longest-running musical of all time. To the French, Victor Hugo’s classic novel has the status of a national monument with its message of love, generosity, strength in adversity and redemption. Since the launch of Boublil and Schӧnberg’s triumphant musical, it has played continuously around the world, winning many awards, and has been performed in a major symphonic concert version and shot as an Oscar-nominated movie.

Marie was director and musical supervisor of the Bratislava production of Les Misérables which premiered in September 2019 at the Nova Scena theatre in the heart of the Slovakian capital. Her production has been hailed as “a fresh and touching version”. She also conceived the stage design. With two separate casts including Slovak and Czech actors, there were challenges both with language and the interpretation of this kind of operatic musical which had never before been staged in Slovakia. The operatic quality of the score shone through and the skill and talent of the actors enabled the development of a show Marie and the company are very proud of.

Marguerite

Marguerite, with music by Michel Legrand, originally premiered at The Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. A new version opened at the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, Czech Republic and played in rep over a two year period. The musical is set in Nazi occupied Paris during World War II and draws inspiration from one of the greatest of romantic novels, La Dame aux Camélias, by Alexandre Dumas. The beautiful Marguerite is a cabaret star of Paris and the mistress of a high-ranking German officer. Armand is a young musician half her age. They fall passionately in love. Their dangerous love story is played out against the background of Occupied Paris.

Marie Zamora (the original muse for the role of Marguerite) worked with Alain Boublil on an extensive re-write of the book, based upon the original London version by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Jonathan Kent. Michel Legrand and Alain Boublil wrote two completely new songs for the production as well as re-shaping and re-organising the material from the London show while retaining the majority of Herbert Kretzmer’s English lyrics. Marie, at the invitation of Gabriela Haukvicová, the artistic director of the theatre, directed this new version of ‘Marguerite’. William David Brohn, the Broadway orchestrator, who had already collaborated with Boublil and Schönberg on ‘Miss Saigon’ and ‘Martin Guerre’, wrote the new orchestrations.