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Napoleon and the Devil

Behind every throne there is a power.

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“NAPOLEON is a must-see at this year’s NYMF. Its themes are as relevant in today’s modern political scene as they were in the time of Napoleon.”
New York Theatre Guide

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NAPOLEON AND THE DEVIL is a re-imagining of the musical NAPOLEON that had productions in Toronto (1994) and London’s West End (2000). Three new productions under the direction of Richard Ouzounian in 2009 (Barrie's Talk Is Free Theatre), 2015 (The New York Musical Theatre Festival) and 2017 (Seoul, South Korea) saw the book and score extensively rewritten, with Ouzounian and the authors moving it away from the linear, biographical story of its beginnings. Now “an audacious spin on history that makes for thrilling drama,” (Theatre Mania, New York) NAPOLEON AND THE DEVIL has a central conceit similar to AMADEUS, in which the story of a well-known public figure is told through the eyes of a complex, lesser-known character with deep, dark secrets. The “devil” of the title is Talleyrand, the Machiavellian politician whose influence helped make and break an emperor. “The musical’s themes are as relevant in today’s modern political scene as they were in the time of Napoleon.” (New York Theatre Guide). Conceived for both small-scale and large productions, NAPOLEON AND THE DEVIL can be staged as intimately (New York) or grandly (Seoul) as desired (see reference videos). In the summer of 2022, it will have its European continental debut in The Hague, Holland, in Dutch.

A red and white star
A red and white star
A native of Corsica, Napoleon was a disenfranchised outsider at the beginning of his career. At that time, there was a great deal of prejudice against Corsicans for a variety of reasons, one of them being their darker complexions which marked them as being ‘inferior'. In the musical, we see the derisive treatment Napoleon received as fueling the fire of his rally cry which called for sweeping systemic change – an urgent need in his time that is no less urgent in ours: Liberty for all; Equal opportunity and respect for every citizen, regardless of race, religion, class or creed. These central themes, with their parallels to the struggles of today, give the musical a potent, modern relevance.

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Photo: Ric Kallaher. 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival Production. “The Journey Begins”, Act 1, (from L to R) Jenny Ashman, Jack Mosbacher, Christopher J. Nolan, Daniel Schwait, Katerina Papacostas, Joseph Leo Bwarie as Napoleon, Dane Agostinis, Margaret Loesser Robinson as Josephine, Jewell Wilson Bridges, Jessica Crouch as Thérèse
Photo: Ric Kallaher. 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival Production. “The Journey Begins”, Act 1, (from L to R) Jenny Ashman, Jack Mosbacher, Christopher J. Nolan, Daniel Schwait, Katerina Papacostas, Joseph Leo Bwarie as Napoleon, Dane Agostinis, Margaret Loesser Robinson as Josephine, Jewell Wilson Bridges, Jessica Crouch as Thérèse
Photo: Young-guy Park. 2017 Show Media Group Production. “Made By Talleyrand”, Act 2, Kang Hong Suk as Talleyrand, Napoleon (Seoul) ensemble
Photo: Young-guy Park. 2017 Show Media Group Production. “Made By Talleyrand”, Act 2, Kang Hong Suk as Talleyrand, Napoleon (Seoul) ensemble
Photo: Ric Kallaher. 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival Production. “Sweet Victory Divine”, Act 1, Joseph Leo Bwarie as Napoleon, Margaret Loesser Robinson as Josephine, Matthew Patrick Quinn as Talleyrand
Photo: Ric Kallaher. 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival Production. “Sweet Victory Divine”, Act 1, Joseph Leo Bwarie as Napoleon, Margaret Loesser Robinson as Josephine, Matthew Patrick Quinn as Talleyrand
Photo: Young-guy Park. 2017 Show Media Group Production. “Talleyrand’s Betrayal”, Act 2, Jung Sang Yoon as Talleyrand, Napoleon (Seoul) ensemble
Photo: Young-guy Park. 2017 Show Media Group Production. “Talleyrand’s Betrayal”, Act 2, Jung Sang Yoon as Talleyrand, Napoleon (Seoul) ensemble
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Wounded (excerpt)
2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Joseph Leo Bwarie as Napoleon
On That First Night (excerpt)
2000 Shaftesbury Theatre, London. Anastasia Barzee as Josephine, Paul Baker as Napoleon
A Cutthroat Game (excerpt)
2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Matthew Patrick Quinn as Talleyrand, Adam Daveline as Fouché, Nick Gaswirth as Garrau
The Dream Within (excerpt)
2000 Shaftesbury Theatre, London. Paul Baker as Napoleon, Jody Crosier as Anton, Napoleon ensemble
Video by Rick Jones. 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (Signature Theatre, NY, NY). Napoleon (NYMF) company: Starring Joseph Leo Bwarie as Napoleon, Margaret Loesser Robinson as Josephine, Matthew Patrick Quinn as Talleyrand; with Dane Agostinis, Jenny Ashman, Jewell Wilson Bridges, Jessica Crouch, Adam Daveline, Nick Gaswirth, Danielle Gimbal, Christopher J. Nolan, Katerina Papacostas, Jack Mosbacher, Daniel Schwait, Ryan Speakman
Video by SMG Inc. 2017 Show Media Group (Charlotte Theatre, Seoul, South Korea). Napoleon (Seoul) company: Starring Im Tae Kyung,Michael K. Lee and Han Ji Sang (all as Napoleon); Jeong Sun Ah, Park Hye Na and Hong Seo Young (all as Josephine); Kim Su Yong, Jung Sang Yoon and Kang Hong Suk (all as Talleyrand); Kim Pub Lae, Park Song Kwon and Jo Hwee (all as Barras); Baek Hyeong Hun, Jin Tae Hwa, Lee Chang Sub and Jung Dae Hyun (all as Lucien); Kim Ju Wang, Park Yoo Gyeom and Ki Se Jung (all as Anton); Im Chun Gil, Hwang Man Ik, Lee Sang Hwa, Kim Jang Sub, Kim Sa Rah, Bang Geul Ah, Lee Han Mill, Cha Jung Woo, Kwak Dae Sung, Park Steban, Yoo Jung Hee, Park Rae Chan, Joo Min Woo, Choi Won Seop, Jeon Gul, Hwang Doo Hyun, You Sung Rae, Jeong Seung Beum, Kim Jeong Min, Lee Hyun Woo, Yoo Min Yong, Chae Si Hyeon, Lee Eun Ju, Park Ha Na, Kim Soo Jung, Kim Hanam Yim Ji Eun, Lee Seul Gi, Lee Jung In, Lee Sang-A, Chae Ka Ky, Wkon Sang Seok, Hwangbo Joo Sung.
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