Music by Stephen Keeling
Book and lyrics by Jonathan Miles
When the French classic, Les Enfants du Paradis was filmed in Nice during World War II, many of the cast and extras were involved in clandestine activities. Some were members of the Resistance but others collaborated
with the Germans.
Set around the filming of Les Enfants du Paradis, the musical unravels the story of lives torn apart by war. Siblings, Blanche and Lucien, are united in their struggle against the Nazis as the cast and crew of Les Enfants lead a dangerous double life.
Act I take place in spring, 1944.
Act II takes place between June and mid-August of the same year.
AS I GO ON WANTING
ORIGINAL DEMO RECORDING CREDITS
David Shannon (As I Go On Wanting*,
Between The Dream And The Street,
Lana Green (Illusion, He Chatters*)
John Burline (Jericho Knows*, Germany Calling)
Russell Wilcox (Gala Soirée*),
Laura Michelle Kelly, Annicka Birt,
Recorded at Green Studios, London
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As of Autumn 2017 we now have a complete show!
The first complete read-through was held on September 26th 2017.
The new demo will be recorded in 2019.
CHARACTERS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
Marcel Carné Director of Les Enfants du Paradis
Robert le Vigan First casting of Jericho for the film – a Nazi collaborator
Georges A film extra and Resistant
Blanche Dombâsle A beautiful young librarian
Lucien Dombâsle Blanche’s brother, film extra and Resistant
André Blanche’s almost ex-boyfriend, film extra and Resistant
Jacques Prévert Poet and scriptwriter of Les Enfants du Paradis
The Commandant Commander of the German forces on the Riviera
Garance The actress, Arletty, who plays Garance in the film and is known as Garance throughout.
Helmut A Nazi soldier
Karl A Nazi soldier with anti-Nazi beliefs
Gabriel Poet, film extra, would-be resistant and smitten with Blanche
Jean-François A mysterious confidence trickster
Pierre Renoir Second casting of Jericho – son of the Impressionist painter
Über-leutnant Neumann The Commandant’s ruthless deputy
Über-leutnant Schlauss A German officer
Ensemble who play various parts.
Gabriel confesses his love for Blanche
(Watch a film of the song with images from the occupation sung by David Shannon via the link below on YouTube)
* The sheet music to As I Go On Wanting, Jericho Knows
He Chatters and Gala Soirée is available on Score Exchange
Listen to songs on SoundCloud
The musical is set around the filming of Les Enfants du Paradis in Nice, in Nazi occupied France and centres on brother and sister Lucien and Blanche Dombâsle who are in the resistance. Listen to songs on SoundCloud
the film proclaimed the soul of France
– its crew and cast fought for French freedom