Singer Russell Watson has teamed up with Les Miserables writers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg for a new album that will feature songs from the pair’s stage musicals.
The album, as yet untitled and due to be released in November, will include a song written for Boublil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon that never got used in the production, as well as new music written especially for Watson.
Watson explained that he wanted to work with Boublil and Schonberg because he felt that his career had begun to “stagnate” and that he had been “performing the same stuff and doing the same shows with the same types of songs for a very long time”.
He added that his new manager had come up with the idea of creating a Boublil and Schonberg album, and that the songwriters had agreed after meeting with him.
“There are two, maybe three, brand new compositions on the record, one called Tell Me and another called I Am Only One Man. Claude-Michel has also taken a section from one of his ballets – Wuthering Heights – and [English] lyrics have been put to it by Charles Hart, who was the lyricist on The Phantom of the Opera. So the pedigree of this record is immense,” he said.
Watson also revealed that the album would feature songs from Schonberg’s own time as a recording artist in France 30 years ago.
“There will be probably 95% of this album that people have not heard in the UK, and certainly not in the way this has been done,” he said.
The album, which is being produced by Schonberg, will be accompanied by a stage show.
This show has been conceived by Schonberg and will tour the UK.