LES MISERABLES Revival Marches Into Final Week on Broadway
If you want to "hear the people sing" on Broadway, it's your last chance (at least for now)!
As previously announced, Cameron Mackintosh's production of Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil's legendary musical Les Miserables will end its acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway this Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the Imperial Theater (239 West 45th Street) after 1,024 performances.
This newly-reimagined production of Les Miserables opened on Broadway March 23, 2014 to critical acclaim. In total, since the 1987 opening of the original production, Les Miserables will have played 8,200 performances on Broadway. This new version of Les Miserables, which recouped its production costs, has grossed more than $109 million. The show will launch a new North American tour in the fall of 2017.
The cast of Les Miserables currently stars John Owen-Jones as Valjean, Hayden Tee as Javert, Alison Luff as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette, David Rossmer as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, and Mark Uhre as Enjolras.
Cameron Mackintosh's production of Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaption by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton. The original Les Miserables orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.
The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with set and image design by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections realized by Fifty-Nine Productions. Musical staging is by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker and musical direction by James Lowe.
The original New York production of Les Miserables premiered first at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987, later moving to the Imperial on October 17, 1990, where it played until May 18, 2003, for a total Broadway run of 6680 performances. Les Miserables returned to Broadway in November of 2006, and played through January, 2008. Les Miserables is the 5th longest-running Broadway production of all time. The original London production of Les Miserables continues at the Queen's Theatre, and is the longest-running West End musical of all-time, now in its 32nd year.
Seen by 70 million people worldwide in 44 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. The worldwide gross for Les Miserables is $5 billion. The 2012 Universal film version of Les Miserables co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films, is one of the most successful musical films ever, grossing more than $450 million. The film received the Golden Globe Award as Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) and received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won three Academy Awards. The film's soundtrack debuted at #1 on Billboard's Album chart and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
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 and live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production.