On April 12, their Miss Saigon celebrates its sixth year on Broadway.
Neither of these imposing facts, however, steadies the uncertain stateside fate of their third collaborative effort, Martin Guerre, according to their producer, Sir Cameron Mackintosh. The musical opened in London in summer 1996 to mixed notices but won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in February 1997.
"It's carrying on very well in London right now," Mackintosh told Playbill On-Line. "I still don't know how long it's going to run. I have no plans for America until the outcome in London is finalized. What I WON'T do is plan to do Martin Guerre on Broadway in the same way as I've done other shows. That, I'm sure of.
"I think I will do Martin Guerre in America regionally," the producer ventured. "It may end up on Broadway, but I'm not going to bring it in as a big London blockbuster--simply because that isn't the nature of that show." The fact-based historical tale tells of a 16th century peasant who returns to his wife and family a much better person than the misfit he was seven years earlier, arousing the suspicions (and fatal fury) of his fellow townspeople.
"It's about a village," says Mackintosh, "and I think it's one of the best scores that Boublil and Schonberg have ever written. The audiences love it."
-- By Harry Haun