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Camille Claudel

2004 Festival

Gabriel Barre

John Paul Almon, Leslie Becker, Timothy Bish, Matt Bogart, Nick Cavarra, Linda Eder, Margaret Ann Gates, Lynette Marrero, Mayumi Miguel, Michael Nouri, Darren Ritchie, Tina Stafford and Shonn Wiley

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 2
Number of Principals (Female): 1
Preferred Ensemble Size: 10
Total Cast Size: 13
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19th century French sculptor Camille Claudel was haunted by two men: her lover Auguste Rodin, arguably the most important sculptor of our time, and her brother, the poet Paul Claudel. Both men were driven to possess Camille, but she lived only to work, one woman battling to compete against a phalanx of male artists. Camille’s stormy affair with Rodin was surrounded by scandal and bitterly resented by her brother Paul. Camille persevered, happily breaking all the rules along the way. Presented last summer by Goodspeed Musicals, Camille Claudel has a score by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War, Tony nomination), book and lyrics by Nan Knighton (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Tony nomination, Saturday Night Fever), direction by Gabriel Barre (The Wild Party, MTC) and stars Broadway and recording sensation Linda Eder (Theatre World Award winner Jekyll and Hyde ).

Festival Successes

Full production in Tokyo in 2011. Demo Tracks Available. Reading at Signature Theatre (VA) 2021.