Les Miserable Will Return to Broadway in 2014
It’s a weird year on Broadway. From empty houses to a lack of new productions to revivals of the old productions that can’t keep us happy, no one is finding themselves especially pleased with this season. With many people already looking to the prospects of next year (Including this year’s leftovers who just didn’t make it), people are already wondering what next year’s big thing will be. Look no more, the greatest musical ever written is about to return to Broadway. Producer Cameron Mackintosh has proudly announced that the new 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables will land on Broadway at the end of it’s U.S. tour in Spring 2014.
This new re imagined 25th Anniversary tour of Les Miserables has been traveling the nation since 2010 having played in over 63 U.S. cities. The production has grossed more then $130 million dollars and continues to play to sold out houses night after night. There has been rumors swirling since late summer that this tour may storm Broadway at the end of it’s run but no official confirmation came until just yesterday. Many believe the confirmation comes after the success of the national tour, the failure of the 2006 revival and the recently successful film debut of this blockbuster musical.
The new Les Miserables tour is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell. It features designs by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. (This is one of the major re-invented elements of this tour). The tour features costumes by original designer Andreane Neofitou with additional costumes by Christine Rowlands.It also features a lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions.
No Official Casting for the Broadway Run has been Announced.
So what exactly gave Mackintosh the idea that Les Miserables needed to return to Broadway and who is he counting on to see it?
“What we’re counting on is that people who loved the movie will now really want to see ‘Les Misérables’ on stage, and people who loved the original musical were swept up by the film and say, ‘I can’t wait for another chance to see it onstage again”
The movie adapation of Les Miserables, which debut this past Christmas, starred big names such as Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and many others. However, that is NOT what this Broadway production is about Mackintosh says.
The star power of Les Miserables is the show itself when performed with star performances. That is what Mackintosh says happened with the movie which is why they have seen such a successful response to the film adaptation. So what would happen if Hugh Jackman asked Mackintosh about playing Jean Val Jean on Broadway? Mackintosh said he would let him do it for a week or two. But the star power Jackman brings with him is not what Mackintosh is relying on for this revival. He learned his lesson when it comes to Les Miserables back while working on the 2006 Broadway revival. That is, he learned what it is like to make a mistake when it comes to who you rely on with the world’s greatest musical.
“…there is no such thing as certainty in the theater, other than that you can make a mistake”
And that is exactly Mackintosh’s approach to this revival. Mackintosh wants this to be exciting or as exciting as it can be. The revival announcement comes with the notion of “Really? Les Mis again?” only due to the fact of the failure of the 2006 revival which launched only 3 years after the Broadway original closed. Mackintosh now not only admits that production was too soon but also ill conceived.
The original Les Miserables production that opened in London in 1985 is currently still running 27 years later. This makes Les Miserables the world’s longest running musical. It can still been seen today at The Queen’s Theatre in the West End. Other international productions of Les Miserable include shows in France, Spain and Korea. New productions are currently scheduled to open within the next year in the Japan, Australia and Brazil as well.
Les Miserables is that features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer. The musical is based after the novel by Victor Hugo.
You still have about a year to catch Les Miserables on the road touring across the United States! And you fully believe, Luner on Theatre will be covering Les Miserable’s return to Broadway all the way up until opening night! For more information including tickets, check out The 25th Anniversary Les Miserables Tour Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!