By Robert Simonson
31 May 2013
Les Misérables, which has already paid one false farewell to the Great White Way, closing in 2003 only to return for a 14-month run in 2006, is on its way back again!
Producer Cameron Mackintosh announced May 30 that his 25th-anniversary, re-imagined production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's musical will return to the Imperial Theatre—the show's home on Broadway for nearly 13 years of its original 16-year run—on March 1, 2014.
The new staging will feature fresh scenic and narrative elements and new orchestrations. It will be directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with a design by Matt Kinley that was inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Les Misérables is currently playing on tour across North America.
Mendes and Marshall have induced Alan Cumming to return as the Master of Ceremonies, a role that made the Scot famous and won him a Tony. As for Sally Bowles, ubiquitous film star Emma Stone had previously been reported as a contender. But, according to The New York Times this week, Stone will not be taking part in the venture.
(Representatives for the Roundabout Theatre Company could not confirm details of the revival, or Mendes' and Marshall's attachment, to Playbill.com.)Continued...