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Photo Flash: West End's LES MISERABLES Debuts 30th Anniversary Postcards
by BWW News Desk - April 17, 2015
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Boublil and Schonberg's magnificent score of 'Les Miserables'includes the songs, 'I Dreamed a Dream', 'On My Own', 'Stars', 'Bring Him Home', 'Do You Hear the People Sing?', 'One Day More', 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables', 'Master Of The House' and many more. Now in its 29th sell out year in London 'Les Miserables' originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004 where it is still playing to standing room only. When'Les Miserables' celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by 'Cats' in London's West End. In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the legendary musical 'Les Miserables' made theatrical history with an international first - three different productions playing in London simultaneously. The Original Production at the Queen's Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, the acclaimed New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered in 1985) and the celebratory concert at The O2. Seen by nearly 65 million people worldwide in 43 countries and in 22 languages, 'Les Miserables' is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe, with seven more currently scheduled. There have been 47 cast recordings of'Les Miserables', including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums, the live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production and now the motion picture soundtrack which has sold over 1.5 million copies and has topped the iTunes charts. The DVDs of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert and the 25thAnniversary at the O2 Arena have sold millions of copies worldwide. (more...)
BWW Reviews: Houston Family Arts Center's Production of LES MISERABLES is an Absolute Masterpiece
by Nyderah Williams - July 22, 2014
Houston Family Arts Center's production of Les Miserables is a riveting masterpiece! It evokes the spirit and themes of compassion, revenge and above all human transformation. (more...)
BWW Interviews: David Thaxton of LES MISERABLES!
by Carrie Dunn - June 20, 2014
'It is like a family,' says David Thaxton. He's returning to Les Miserables as Javert, following his earlier very successful run as Enjolras, and is looking forward to being back in a company that he describes as friendly and loyal. (more...)
BWW Interviews: Carrie Hope Fletcher of LES MIS and WAR OF THE WORLDS
by Carrie Dunn - June 13, 2014
London's Eponine - and YouTube sensation - is very happy. Carrie Hope Fletcher is staying with the West End company of Les Miserables for another year - but she'll be taking a short break at the end of 2014 for another exciting opportunity. (more...)
Lockyer And Thaxton To Star In London LES MISERABLES From June!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014
There will be major cast changes in the West End production of the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award winner "Les Miserables" at the Queen's Theatre from 16 June 2014. Joining the company are: Peter Lockyer as 'Jean Valjean'; David Thaxton as 'Javert'; Tom Edden as 'Thenardier'; Celinde Schoenmaker as 'Fantine'; Michael Colbourne as 'Enjolras' and Emilie Fleming as 'Cosette'. (more...)
Photo Flash: West End Cast of LES MISERABLES Film Promotional Video in London's Trafalgar Square
by BWW News Desk - January 22, 2014
The West End cast of 'Les Miserables' gathered in costume to shoot a promotional video for the musical show yesterday. (more...)
Rehearsals for Broadway Revival of LES MISERABLES with Ramin Karimloo & Caissie Levy Begin Monday
by BWW News Desk - January 10, 2014
Rehearsals begin Monday, January 13 in New York for Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece Les Miserables, which returns to Broadway beginning Saturday, March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. The official opening night for Les Miserables is Sunday, March 23. The cast of the new LES MIZ features Ramin Karimloo (West End and current acclaimed Toronto star of Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies in London) as Jean Valjean; Will Swenson (Tony Award-nominated star of Broadway's Hair and Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Javert; Caissie Levy (West End and Broadway star of Ghost and Hair and Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked) as Fantine; Nikki M. James (Tony Award winner for The Book of Mormon) as Eponine; Andy Mientus (who captured the hearts of TV viewers with his portrayal of Kyle Bishop on the NBC series 'Smash') as Marius; talented newcomer Charlotte Maltby as Cosette; acclaimed Canadian actor Cliff Saunders (The 39 Steps) as Thenardier; Tony Award-nominee Keala Settle (Hands on a Hardbody) as Madame Thenardier and Kyle Scatliffe, (the West End production of The Scottsboro Boys) as the revolutionary Enjolras. (more...)
Russell Watson to Make West End Debut as Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES
by Courtnie Mele - October 8, 2013
Salford tenor Russell Watson is said to be soon taking on the role of Jean Valjean. In discussing the part with the Evening Standard, Watson stated, 'I went to see Cameron Mackintosh about doing Les Miserables. We've had a good chat about that. It's something I'd like to do. It would give me a huge amount of satisfaction to play a role like Valjean. I would do it in the West End, towards the end of 2014.' (more...)
LES MIS V PHANTOM: Charity Football Match Announced For Aug 11
by Carrie Dunn - July 17, 2013
On Sunday 11th August 2013 the casts of the West End musicals "Les Miserables" and "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" will be swapping their costumes for sports kits when they go head-to-head in a charity football match at Bromley Football Club. (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Cast of LES MISERABLES Performs at WEST END LIVE 2013 - Highlights!
by Stage Tube - June 22, 2013
The annual festival West End LIVE - organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre, in association with MasterCard - returns to Trafalgar Square today and tomorrow, 22 and 23 June 2013, for a weekend of free entertainment from some of London's top theatre productions and performers. Click below to watch highlights from the Les Miserables cast performance! (more...)
West End To Welcome Another Dutch Fantine, Na-Young Jeon
by Dutch Reporter - May 4, 2013
After Celinde Schoenmaker, who currently plays the role of Fantine in West End's Les Miserables, another Dutch musical actress has been cast for this role: Na-Young Jeon, best known for playing Kim in the Dutch 2012 revival of MISS SAIGON. (more...)
Reflections On LES MISERABLES, March 2013
by BWW News Desk - March 17, 2013
Jill Rattray reflects on her first visit to Les Mis in the West End... (more...)
LES MISERABLES Superfans Compare The Casts - Part Two!
by BWW - January 24, 2013
Emma Rucastle gives her verdict on the most high-profile Les Mis casts... (more...)
LES MISERABLES Superfans Compare The Casts - Part One!
by BWW - January 19, 2013
We've asked a few Les Mis obsessives to compare the movie casts with the others immortalised on recordings and on film... (more...)
LES MISERABLES: The View From The Original London Cast
by Guest Blogger: Rebecca Caine - January 13, 2013
Rebecca Caine, who created the role of Cosette, gives her thoughts on the media hype around the new movie...and looks back on the birth of the hit musical (more...)
LES MISERABLES: Why The Cameos Were Such A Treat!
by Carrie Dunn - January 12, 2013
We all knew about the Les Mis alumni that would appear in the movie - but who made the most impact on you? (more...)
LES MISERABLES: Another View From The UK!
by Kaite Welsh - January 11, 2013
Kaite Welsh is critical of two of the movie's big stars but recommends it none the less. (more...)
LES MISERABLES: The View From The UK!
by BWW - January 11, 2013
Fan and theatre director Amy Hanson gives her verdict... (more...)
LES MISERABLES On General Release In UK Cinemas Today!
by BWW News Desk - January 11, 2013
After all the waiting, the day is here - Les Miserables is on general release in UK cinemas today! (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Sierra Boggess, Danielle Hope, Geronimo Rauch & Tam Mutu Talk LES MIS on the West End!
by Stage Tube - October 1, 2012
The West End production of Les Miserables welcomed some new cast members last month, including Broadway veteran Sierra Boggess as 'Fantine', as well as 'Over the Rainbow' winner Danielle Hope as 'Eponine.' Additional current cast members include: Geronimo Rauch, Tam Mutu, Cameron Blakely, Linzi Hateley, Samantha Dorsey, Liam Tamne, and Craig Mather. Watch a video interview with Boggess, Hope, Mutu and Rauch below! (more...)
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