Les Miserables Will Return to Broadway’s Imperial Theatre
Bring them home. It was no surprise to many when Producer Cameron Mackintosh announced that the new 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserable, currently touring the United States, would find it’s way to Broadway in Spring 2014. The tour has been capturing audience’s nationwide and has already grossed over $145 million dollars. Broadway fans, theatre-goers and Les Miserable junkies have been waiting word on anything regarding the new Broadway production and today we are able to finally bring you some news! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news of Les Miserables returning to Broadway in Spring 2014 at The Imperial Theatre.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh has announced that Les Miserables will return to The Imperial Theatre on Broadway come Spring 2014. It only seems fitting for Les Miserables to return to The Imperial Theatre as the Imperial was home to the original Broadway production of Les Miserables for 13 years. The show played 5,244 performances there from 1990 until the production closed in 2003. A picture of Les Miserables at The Imperial Theatre is above. This announcement did not come as a surprise of many of us theatre people. Nice Work If You Can Get It‘s closing announcement secured my belief Les Miserables would return to it’s home theatre in Spring 2014.
Mackintosh was also happy to finally announce official dates for the production’s spring return. The musical will begin previews on March 1st, 2014 and will officially open March 23rd, 2014. There is still no official announcement on casting but he was able to say it is underway and will be completed by the end of the summer. An announcement is expected then.
When asked about Les Miserable’s return to The Imperial Theatre, lead producer Cameron Mackintosh said;
“I feel really blessed that not only has my new production of Les Misérables been embraced by audiences and critics alike, even more fervently than the original, but Phil Smith and Bob Wankel of The Shubert Organization have kindly arranged for me to bring Cosette back to her spiritual home on Broadway, the Imperial Theatre. This magnificent theatre has the perfect blend of scale and intimacy for a story like Les Misérables, and I can’t wait to put together a brilliant company to bring this great musical to new generations of Broadway audiences.”
Philip J. Smith, the chairman of The Shubert Organization also made the following statement;
“Les Misérables at the Imperial Theatre is a match made in theatrical heaven. The Shubert Organization is thrilled to welcome home to Broadway one of the great musicals of all time.”
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. 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.
Luner on Theatre could not be excited for the return of Les Miserables to Broadway. We know many people aren’t but here is why we are. Yes, this is the second Broadway revival of Les Miserables in under ten years but don’t you think there is a reason for that? Some shows are just meant to be on Broadway. Les Miserables is one of those. Mackintosh and many others have admitted the mistakes of mounting a revival so soon after the original closed and that they depended upon star power to drive that show. This production is different. It will not be driven by stars but by an incredible story re-imagined. The show uses the artwork of Victor Hugo for scenic designs for example. I think it is fitting for Les Miserables to return to Broadway not only after a successful tour in the United States but a longing for the greatest musical ever created to return home to Broadway.
It looks as though the journey back to the barricades have only begun for Les Miserable! Luner on Theatre could truly not be more excited for this show to return to Broadway! We will be covering everything regarding Les Miserable’s return to Broadway for you! For more information regarding the current tour, check out Les Miserables North American Tour Official Website. For more information on the show’s future Broadway life, check out Les Miserable on Broadway’s 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!