Sydney – Tuesday 3 May, 2022. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg will travel to Australia together for the first time in 25 years for the Australian premiere of the concert spectacular Do You Hear The People Sing?. Presented in the transformed Sydney Opera House Concert Hall from 30 September – 2 October, it will feature a 24 piece orchestra, 12 person choir, and international musical theatre stars performing hit songs from the duo’s record-breaking musicals including Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.
Do You Hear The People Sing? is the only concert ever to be authorised by Boublil and Schönberg and is the definitive showcase of their work. It will include “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Do You Hear The People Sing?”, “On My Own”, “One Day More”, “The American Dream”, “Bui Doi”, “Woman” and “Bring Him Home”, brought to life by:
- Michael Ball OBE (UK) Britain’s leading musical theatre star who played Marius in the original London production of Les Misérables, and reprised the role for the 10th anniversary concert. More recently, he starred as Javert in the acclaimed staged concert in the West End.
- John Owen-Jones (UK) the star of the London, Broadway and international productions of Les Misérables, as well as his record-breaking run as The Phantom of the Opera in London;
- Rachel Tucker (UK/IE) recently starred in Come From Away on Broadway, and in the London premiere of Boublil & Schönberg’s The Pirate Queen in 2020. She is renowned for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked in London and on Broadway;
- Bobby Fox (AU) the popular star of the Australian production of Jersey Boys;
- David Harris (AU) who has performed leading roles in Miss Saigon, Wicked and Legally Blonde, and is currently starring in the Moulin Rouge US tour;
- Sooha Kim (KR) the Korean star of Aida, RENT and Hadestown, who played Kim in the UK and Japanese tours of Miss Saigon;
- Suzie Mathers (AU) star of international productions of Wicked and Mamma Mia!; and
- Marie Zamora (FR) the French star of Kiss Me Kate, Barnum, and the Paris production of Les Misérables and has toured internationally with Michel Legrand.
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg will also take part in an exclusive In Conversation event hosted by Julia Zemiro in the Concert Hall.
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott said “This is a once in a lifetime experience for lovers of musical theatre. Do You Hear The People Sing? will be one of the first Sydney Opera House Presents seasons in the Concert Hall after more than two years of extensive upgrades. This production will showcase our world-class Concert Hall at its best; orchestra, powerful voices, and digital projections explaining the stories behind some of the last century’s biggest musical hits. As well as Boublil and Schönberg themselves – Live in Conversation!”
Do You Hear The People Sing? has been developed over a decade by Boublil and Schönberg in collaboration with producer Enda Markey for its Australasian tour. It has previously been staged in China, Taiwan (starring Michael Ball and David Harris), the Philippines and across the USA including at Carnegie Hall (starring Marie Zamora). Newly imagined for its Australian tour, it reinvigorates Boublil and Schönberg’s timeless music as a multi-layered concert spectacular helmed by Guy Simpson (Conductor) and Andrew Pole (Director). In addition to all the best-known songs, the concert features music from Boublil and Schönberg’s complete oeuvre; Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen and their very first musical together, La Révolution Française.
Prior to the Sydney season, Do You Hear The People Sing? will premiere in Melbourne (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne) on 27 and 28 September 2022.
Presented by Sydney Opera House in association with Enda Markey Presents.
WHAT: Do You Hear The People Sing?
WHEN: 30 September – 2 October, 2022
WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
PRE-SALE: 9am, Wednesday 4 May, 2022
TICKETS ON-SALE: 9am, Friday 6 May, 2022
IMAGES: SOH Dropbox
WHAT: Boublil & Schönberg In Conversation
WHEN: 4:00pm, Saturday 1 October, 2022
WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House