Music by Stephen Keeling
Book and lyrics by Jonathan Miles
When the French classic, Les Enfants Du Paradis was filmed in Nice in Nazi occupied France 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. NIGHT SHOOT explores the passions and dangers of people who led a double life while making this great film.
NIGHT SHOOT is a love story. It celebrates the relationships of people in desperate circumstances, their craving for freedom from political oppression, their love of France and their love of stirring cinema.
Above all, NIGHT SHOOT is a testimony to how art – high and low - triumphs over the pain and difficulty of brutality.
(Robert le Vigan, Ensemble)
AS I GO ON WANTING
BETWEEN THE DREAM AND THE STREET
(Carné, Prevért, Ensemble)
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 2002
COPYRIGHT © 2002 Miles/Keeling
All rights reserved.
As of Autumn 2017 we now have a complete show!
The first complete read-through was held on September 26th.
On the sound stage Marcel Carné is preparing
for a take. Robert le Vigan who plays Jericho
gets ready for his scene.
Arletty collapses with grief for
associating with the Germans.
Blanche - A beautiful young librarian
Lucien - Lead resistant and Blanche's brother
Gabriel - Poet, film extra, in love with Blanche
Robert le Vigan - First casting of Jericho in 'Les Enfants'
- a Nazi collaborater
Arletty - The lead actress who plays Garance in 'Les Enfants'
Marcel Carné - Director of 'Les Enfants'
Jacques Prevért - Poet and scriptwriter of 'Les Enfants'
Úber-leutnant Neumann - Ruthless Nazi deputy leader
Gabriel confesses his love for Blanche. (Watch a film of the song 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
(Carné, Prevért, Ensemble)
Act 2 opening number. The cast and crew of the film
’Les Enfants du Paradis’ hear the news the allies have landed in Normandy and dream of a liberated France and a
grand opening night for the premiere of their masterpiece.
Act 1 Finale. Carné, Prevért and the cast consider what kind of film is appropriate in war-torn France and dream of liberation.
He Chatters is sung by the actress Arletty who plays
Garance in the movie. In the song she is defending
her relationship with a German Officer.
(Robert le Vigan, Offstage Chorus)
Robert le Vigan's first Nazi broadcast in the style of Lord Haw-Haw.