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Les Miserables to return to Broadway!
Posted by OperaBwayLover 2013-02-19 14:07:49


We all knew it was coming, based on past discussions, but now it's official. And I am thrilled silly about this!

Les Miserables to return to Broadway!
Posted by CJ N2N 2013-02-19 14:12:06


If anyone in the city heard a loud thumping noise from an area about an hour north of the city, that was just me collapsing.

Les Miserables to return to Broadway!
Posted by justafan2 2013-02-19 14:13:31


I hope they use a full orchestra for this production----the depth of music is essential.

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Posted by tazber 2013-02-19 14:13:47


Hoping for Alfie Boe!

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Posted by taboo123 2013-02-19 14:14:24


NO.

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Posted by OperaBwayLover 2013-02-19 14:14:57


I'm crossing my fingers that they get Andrew Varela for Javert.

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Posted by thespian geek 2013-02-19 14:20:44


I wouldn't be surprised if Ramin Karimloo ends up doing this production after Toronto.

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Posted by Ed_scotch 2013-02-19 14:24:15


I'm so there!

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Posted by Kbradstein 2013-02-19 14:26:33


not thrilled that they are using this production, i was hoping they would mount a new, better production. but glad to see it coming back to broadway!

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-02-19 14:28:57


DAPHNE!!!!!

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Posted by CJ N2N 2013-02-19 14:30:31


I second Daphne.

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Posted by bobs3 2013-02-19 14:34:43


What does reimagined mean? Is that code for cheap? Will they still have the turntable which was one of the highlights of the original production?

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Posted by Blockhead24 2013-02-19 14:36:22


^ No it won't

This latest “Les Misérables” will be missing a notable design element – a revolving turntable – that was used in the original Broadway production, which ran from 1987 to 2003, and the earlier revival, which closed in January 2008.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/les-miserables-coming-back-to-broadway-in-2014/?smid=tw-share

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Posted by Phillytheatreguy10 2013-02-19 14:50:59


Let the casting speculation begin! See other thread!

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Posted by Mister Matt 2013-02-19 14:58:30


I was hoping if Les Miserables returned, it would NOT be with the new staging of this tour. Very disappointing.

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Posted by kec 2013-02-19 15:04:35


Also hoping for Alfie Boe AND Andrew Varela as Javert.

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Posted by beautywickedlover 2013-02-19 15:45:38


I wonder which Shubert Theatre will be best for the show.

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Posted by Ed_Mottershead 2013-02-19 15:51:17


In the words of Sheridan Whiteside, "I may vomit."

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Posted by EgermanArmfelt 2013-02-19 15:57:13


BETSY MORGAN FOR FANTINE.

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Posted by Noel&Cole 2013-02-19 16:21:33


I love Les Mis. I was so excited for the film (and I enjoyed it). I saw the original production several times as well.

But do we really need to come back again? It was just here and then just here again and has pretty much never stopped touring. Can't we try something new? Especially from a producer like Cameron Mackintosh who has both the skills & money to devote that time and energy to something new?

just my opinion, even as a big les mis fan.

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Posted by brdwybound04 2013-02-19 16:26:06


I'm psyched!!! Having seen multiple les miz tours since 1999-2006, the first revival in 2007, the 2012 movie, I must say I saw this revised version in 2011 in Minneapolis and thought it was stellar! I never missed the turntable and thought the cast was exceptional with j Marc mcvey as valjean, chasten Harmon as eponine, and Betsy Morgan as fantine!

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Posted by TheatreKid3 2013-02-19 16:34:08


My bets are on it going into the Imperial. I really don't see NICE WORK being there until then, and with that venue having such a rich history with LES MIS it seems appropriate and good timing for the show to return there.

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Posted by CJ N2N 2013-02-19 16:57:38


Possible. They made a big deal about this production returning to the Barbican in London a couple of years ago.

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Posted by Markecib 2013-02-19 17:54:23


I found this production lacking. It was missing the a wow factor. No turntable, no barricade folding onto the stage and the orchestrations were hit or miss. The barricade portion is what I missed the most, but I did like the staging of Empty Chairs, Empty tables.

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Posted by Borstalboy 2013-02-19 18:12:23


Well, this doesn't come across like an unimaginative cash-grab at all!

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Posted by michellek45 2013-02-19 19:42:50


I will always love Les Miz for its story (hell, even that horrible 1998 movie made me tear up), so I'm always for the ability to see it again and am glad it's coming back. However, aside from the staging of ECAET and Javert's Suicide, I really hated the direction, and not being able to see both sides of the barricade makes it less dramatic. The orchestrations for the most part are "eh," but I absolutely can't stand the blatant addition of the electric guitars. I think I'd even prefer if they used the movie orchestrations, even if that's implausible. But the part I really couldn't stand was the Gavroche/Grantaire friendship. It's not in line with Grantaire's characterization at all, and though it's not as prevalent in the musical, really undermines Grantaire's overwhelming devotion to Enjolras and what that means.

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Posted by kyl3fong2 2013-02-19 20:07:51


I saw the tour production last year, and was not a fan of it. The projections didn't really add to the show overall for me, and I wish that they kept the turntable in the production.

Kinda bummed the turntable won't be in this Broadway revival staging either. :/

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Posted by ClapYo'Hands 2013-02-19 20:20:08


"Can't we try something new? Especially from a producer like Cameron Mackintosh who has both the skills & money to devote that time and energy to something new? "

Cameron opened a new musical in London 2 years ago, Betty Blue Eyes. And it was a massive flop.

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Posted by Jonwo 2013-02-19 20:26:21


Theatre wise, I think the Broadhurst which held the last revival is a possibility but it wouldn't surprise if it goes into the Imperial or the Winter Garden with Mamma Mia! moving to a smaller theatre.

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Posted by GatorNY 2013-02-19 20:37:08


I'm tempted to go to Toronto to see Ramin. Not sure if they'll bring him to NYC.

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2013-02-19 20:41:06


You can buy his noodles at the grocery store, at least.

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Posted by TheGingerBreadMan 2013-02-19 20:43:25


I'm extremely excited for this! I'm dissapointed that they will not include the turntable, but it still looks awesome.

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Posted by Bettyboy72 2013-02-19 20:48:29


The tour bored the hell out of me. The re-staging was awful. I hope they add some new actors in NYC.

This seems like a desperate cash grab to capitalize on the film success.

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Posted by jsg03jd 2013-02-19 22:01:03


Too soon for another revival but if either or both Alfie Boe and Ramin Karimloo are involved, I will see it. ;o)

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Posted by TheLadyoftheWood 2013-02-19 22:46:25


Morgan James for Fantine!!!!!!

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Posted by ACL2006 2013-02-19 23:26:14


I'll second the Imperial. I don't see Nice Work being around in at all in 2014.

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Posted by eatlasagna 2013-02-20 01:50:53


are they building a new set for this production or just putting in a touring company set?

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Posted by metropolis10111 2013-02-20 07:53:58


They will be going Rocky Horror style and show the film behind the actors and be include the new song...because the show NEEDED to be longer .....

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Posted by GatorNY 2013-02-20 09:48:49


Jordan, I think I'll have Ramin for lunch today! LOL.

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Posted by KylePKJP 2013-02-20 10:01:05


I see this new reimagined production/staging whatever you want to call it enjoying a run equal to the length of the Evita revival.

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Posted by dreaming 2013-02-20 10:15:49


I think it will do a lot better than the Evita revival, because of the film's success. People will want to revisit it on Broadway or see the stage adaptation.

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Posted by FindingNamo 2013-02-20 10:27:52


"Especially from a producer like Cameron Mackintosh who has both the skills & money to devote that time and energy to something new?"

I recall an interview in which he was pretty clear that that sort of thing is for younger producers.

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Posted by Wynbish 2013-02-20 10:43:13


This thread is missing some My Oh My

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Posted by RippedMan 2013-02-20 10:48:05


The problem lies in the fact that the new staging isn't exciting enough to elicit multiple visits. It doesn't have that "wow" factor the turn table staging does. I can see this doing okay, but it would make more sense to bring back to original staging or just take that idea and update it. It doesn't need to be a replicata of what was in the 80s, but this new touring production sounds super boring.

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Posted by GatorNY 2013-02-20 11:15:25


I have been checking the London TKTS website regularly to see if Les Miserables is ever available at the booth. They often have The Lion King and Wicked at their booth, but they never seem to have Les Miserables. I think that's really interesting.

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Posted by PB ENT. 2013-02-20 21:50:32


I've seen LM on Bd'w twice (Craig Schulman and J Mark McVey, who were both amazing) and Nt'l tour twice with Rob Evan & Ivan Rutherford. I've seen the Walnut St. production with Hugh Panaro(equally impressive, no turntable there either).

Personally, I have no problem with the tour coming in as is. The production is fresh,exciting and the absence of the turntable is not a big make or break choice. I would have like to have seen the barricade turn and the death of Gavroche. Other than that count me in as a fan of this staging. IMO, it will bring in a lot of tourist attraction in light of the film's popularity.

I too hope they cast a wonderful Valjean, BUT if they don't cast Andrew Varela as Javert, they're nuts!

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Posted by hunterh24601 2013-02-21 19:58:10


Honestly, I believe that tickets for NICE WORK will decline and probably after Matthew Broderick leaves in June. I have a feeling that Ramin Karimloo might come to NYC after he finishes Les Mis in Toronto. Alfie Boe also has an offer on the table to play Jean Valjean as well. We will see what happens

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Posted by TheLadyoftheWood 2013-02-22 00:09:34


Morgan James as Fantine!!!!!