The New York Post reports that both the the 2014 Broadway return of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Les Misérables and the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington, have racked up healthy advances at the box office.
Les Miserables, a reimagined revival featuring fresh scenic and narrative elements as well as new orchestrations, had taken in more than $10 million prior to its March 1 first preview. The Post says backers of the revival expect the box-office take to hit $12 million by opening night March 23.
The cast of the revival is headed by Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Andy Mientus as Marius, Tony Award nominee Will Swenson as Javert, West End and Broadway actress Caissie Levy as Fantine, Tony Award winner Nikki M. James as Eponine, Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras, Canadian actor Cliff Saunders as Thenardier and Tony Award nominee Keala Settle as Madame Thenardier.
The revival of Raisin, which begins previews March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, already has $11 million in the bank. During rehearsals, LaTanya Richardson Jackson replaced Tony Award-winning actress Diahann Carroll as Lena Younger.
The production will also feature Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo as Ruth Younger, Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose as Beneatha Younger, Sean Patrick Thomas as Joseph Asagai, Jason Dirden as George Murchison, Tony Award nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson as Bobo, David Cromer as Karl Lindner and 13-year-old actor Bryce Clyde Jenkins as Travis Younger.