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N THE QUEEN OF PARIS is inspired by the Champagne atmosphere and rags-to-riches romance of Emile Zola’s classic novel Nana with its gaslight glimpses into the backstage world of Parisian theaters, “Joie de vivre” and courtesans’ salons.

Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson, the creative force behind some of the most recent successful touring shows, are co-directing N THE QUEEN OF PARIS and have developed the show’s book, music and lyrics. Joining them on the creative team is set and prop designer Michael Curry, whose spectacular visions have been integral to shows from The Lion King on Broadway to productions at La Scala and the Paris Opera.

Emile Zola was a French writer and a journalist from the 19th century. Known for his intention to portray the reality of his society, he wrote the famous and controversial series: Les Rougon-Macquart   where he depicts the “Natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire.” He was adored as well as criticized for exhibiting the authenticity and realness of the issues of his era. Nana is the ninth installment in the twenty volume Les Rougon-Macquart series.

Monlove, the internationally respected production company, was founded in 2005 by Ella Louise Allaire with Martin Lord Ferguson as partner. It began by providing music production and composition services for large-scale shows such as Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ in Las Vegas and Zed at Tokyo Disney. More recently, it has expanded its activities by creating a division in Europe which provides concepts and services for large-arena shows such as Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure. Monlove also produces shows and develops creative content. Monlove’s clients have included Cirque du Soleil, Stage Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and APM Music Hollywood. As its next milestone project, N The Queen of Parisrepresents an ambitious artistic leap, for both the company and Broadway.

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