Look, it's Martin Guerre! Out on tour, now on the web, the Broadway bound Martin Guerre makes its debut on the internet Nov. 1 at http://www.martin guerre.com.
Features of the new site include a sights and sounds section with pictures of various English and the American cast, videos of the U.S. cast and sound clips from the 1999 recording, a history of the musical and the Martin Guerre story itself, tickets and tour information and an e-mail club where Guerre fans can receive special updates, ticket discounts and announcements. There is also a special auditions announcement section for actors and fans who desire to be a part of the show.
The Claude Michel Schonberg-Alain Boublil musical (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon) tells the story of the eponymous French peasant who returns to his family in 1551 after nine years fighting in the war. He seems a very changed man and, although his wife accepts him back, doubts about his true identity emerge.
Hugh Panaro assumes the title role. Co-starring in Guerre are Erin Dilly as Bertrande and Stephen Buntrock as Arnaud du Thil.
Panaro recently starred in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera. Other Broadway credits include Side Show, Show Boat and Les Miz. Buntrock, who spent time as Barrett on Titanic on Broadway, was on the brink of the national tour of Beauty and the Beast when he got the offer to appear in Guerre. Dilly played Billie in the Encores! staging of Babes in Arms and was recently in Off-Broadway's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. Other Cameron Mackintosh web sites include www.lesmis.com, http://www.miss-saigon.com, http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com and http://www.puttingittogether.com.
-- By Christine Ehren and Robert Simonson