Hi. I'm Michele Hampton - the composer, lyricist and book writer of the musical, The Black Count of Monte Cristo. As I read Alexandre Dumas' action-packed, epic tale of revenge, I heard music and knew it belonged on the stage. It's been years in the making and a creative journey that has filled me with passion, excitement and pure joy.
My goal was to be faithful to the story and true to the author's vision of the protagonist he created. Edmond Dantes - the heroic, young sailor who is imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit - was inspired by Dumas' own father, a Haitian immigrant who served as the first and only black general in the French army. In adapting the novel, it was clear to me that Dantes must possess not only the character traits, but the physical attributes of the father Dumas so loved and admired.
Nineteenth century French law was extremely discriminatory and racist attitudes prevailed. I couldn't help but think these factors influenced Dumas' writing. In a novel where injustice is a central theme, this story is as relevant today as when it was written.
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