Susan Boyle to Play Fantine In LES MIZ Concert at O2 Arena?
According to the U.K. Sun, Susan Boyle could possibly be playing her dream role of Fantine in the Les Miserables concert at the O2 arena later this year. The concert is part of the iconic musical's 25th anniversary celebration.
The paper is reporting that Boyle visited "a touring version of the show last week at the Edinburgh Playhouse and met the cast, including Gareth Gates. This week her team are talking to Les Mis boss CameRon Mackintosh to fix plans for [her] to play Fantine."
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On January 21, 2009 a shy, devout 47-year old woman stepped onto the stage of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow to audition for "Britain's Got Talent." In front of the three-strong panel of judges charged with determining which of this year's British hopefuls really did have talent, Susan Boyle's performance became a watershed moment that neither she nor anyone involved in the show could possibly have foreseen. During her three and a half minutes of television airtime, Susan Boyle elicited a moment of pure, molten zeitgeist that became both her and the show's defining moment. Her dazzling performance of the song "I Dreamed a Dream," from the musical Les Miserables, confounded the "Britain's Got Talent" judges and the studio audience. A media wave grew feverishly after the performance, and 300 million YouTube views later, Susan Boyle embodied a new kind of international fame.
Susan Boyle made her highly anticipated album debut with ‘I Dreamed A Dream' on November 24. The disc has become triple platinum.
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, a Les Miserables reunion tour will be touring the U.S. beginning in the fall of 2010 and into 2011, presented in part by the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. The tour will launch at the Paper Mill November 19-December 19, 2010.
Additionally announced tour dates include:Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center January 4-16, 2011
Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center January 18-30, 2011
Baltimore, MD Hippodrome March 1-6, 2011
Louisville, KY Kentucky Center March 8-13, 2011
Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre March 15-20, 2011
Detroit, MI Fisher Theatre March 22-April 3, 2011
Cleveland, OH Palace Theatre/PlayhouseSquare April 5-17, 2011
Fayetteville, AR Walton Center May 3-8, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre May 24-June 5, 2011
Les Misérables is currently on an international tour, visiting Norwich, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Salford, Southampton, London and Paris and has already sold out in most cities with extra performances being added.
Les Misérables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre On December 4, 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on April 3, 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses. When Les Misérables celebrated its 21st London birthday on October 8, 2006, it became the World's Longest-Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by Cats in London's West End.
The Broadway production of Les Misérables originally opened at the Broadway Theatre On March 12, 1987 and transferred to the Imperial Theatre On October 17, 1990 running for 6,680 performances. The US National Tour began in November 1987 and visited over 150 cities before closing in St. Louis, MO in 2006. Broadway audiences welcomed Les Miz back to New York on November 9, 2006 where the show played the Broadhurst Theatre until its final performance on January 6, 2008. To date, Les Misérables remains the 3rd longest-running Broadway production of all time.
Seen by over 56 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe. There have been 34 cast recordings of Les Misérables, including the multi-platinum London cast recording and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold millions of copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling musical videos ever in the UK. There are over 2,000 productions of the Les Misérables School's Edition scheduled or being performed by over 100,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.