The long-awaited Frank Wildhorn-Nan Knighton musical Camille Claudel will reach Broadway in the 2002-03 season, the show's director, Gabriel Barre, told Playbill On-Line. Linda Eder, Wildhorn's wife and the star of Jekyll & Hyde, will star. Clear Channel is producing.
The show is about the sculptress on the same name, whose rich life included a stretch in an insane asylum and an affair with sculptor Auguste Rodin. Isabelle Adjani played the artist in a 1988 French film, "Camille Claudel." The artist is also the subject of another musical being developed by composer-lyricist-librettist Lori McKelvey, who won the 2002 Kleban Award for her libretto to Camila, seen at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre in fall 2001. Her version is called M. Claudel.
Several seasons ago, Wildhorn had three shows playing simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Civil War. All are gone now and, while many Wildhorn projects have been promised for New York, none have reached Broadway as of yet. That will perhaps change this season with the arrival of the Wildhorn-Don Black Christopher Hampton musical Dracula, thought no specific dates or theatre have been announced.
Wildhorn and Knighton previously collaborated on Pimpernel.
—By Robert Simonson