A Yearbook Moment: Broadway's Biggest Stars Rehearse On Woodrow Wilson High School's Stage.

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Les Miz lyricist Alain Boublil takes 10 in the auditorium at Woodrow Wilson High School.

Students at Woodrow Wilson High School in East Dallas performed the musical Les Misérables in 2005. On Wednesday afternoon, the creators of that long-running Broadway hit, lyricist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, borrowed the Woodrow stage for a couple of hours to rehearse their enormous concert Do You Hear the People Sing, making its arena debut Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

Against scenery for Thoroughly Modern Millie (Woodrow continues a more than 50-year tradition of putting on huge musical productions), veteran stars of Les Miz, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen and other Boublil-Schönberg shows ran through songs and blocking. Friday night's concert also will feature the 80-piece Dallas Pops Orchestra, a 100-voice choir and members of the Turtle Creek Chorale.

The Sing cast includes original Miss Saigon star Lea Salonga, who also played Eponine and Fantine in Les Miz on Broadway. Brian Stokes Mitchell and Terrence Mann starred in Les Miz; Mann will be singing selections from Miss Saigon alongside Salonga. Peter Lockyer will be part of the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miz coming to Bass Hall; he also starred in a national tour of Miss Saigon. Marie Zamora played Cosette in Les Miz; she'll sing some of Schönberg and Boublil's songs in the original French.

Standing in at Wednesday's run-through for Pirate Queen star Stephanie J. Block was Dallas actress Patty Breckenridge. Block currently is playing the lead in the Broadway revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes. She'll jet in for the Friday show here.

"I am ecstatic about having Do You Hear the People Sing come to Dallas in this larger-than-life show," said Boublil. "We are excited about bringing this great music to the people of Dallas."

We hung out at Woodrow (our alma mater, by the way) and took some snaps of the pros at work and on breaks. If it all comes together by Friday, this thing could be epic.

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Terrence Mann starred as Javert in Les Miz, but is better known for playing Rum Tum Tugger in the original Cats.

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Peter Lockyer and Brian Stokes Mitchell have both starred in Les Miz.
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Terrence Mann, Patty Breckenridge and Peter Lockyer run through a number from Do You Hear the People Sing.


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LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

Fifty Woodrow students will perform in the show. They are being  instructed by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, directors Jen Bender and Kevin Stites.  What a wonderful opportunity for these kids!  Exciting that on our stage earlier in the week we had a conference with a panel of sixteen leaders from North Africa and the Middle East and now the French/Broadway contingent. Thats's just as a group of students returned from Costa Rica.  Becoming an IB World School is truly a blessing.

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