By Michael Gioia
30 May 2013
The 2014 Broadway revival will begin previews March 1, 2014, with an official opening set for March 23, 2014.
The original New York production of Les Misérables premiered first at the Broadway Theatre March 12, 1987, and later moved to the Imperial Oct. 17, 1990, where it played until May 18, 2003, for a total Broadway run of 6,680 performances.
"I feel really blessed that not only has my new production of Les Misérables been embraced by audiences and critics alike, even more fervently than the original, but Phil Smith and Bob Wankel of The Shubert Organization have kindly arranged for me to bring Cosette back to her spiritual home on Broadway, the Imperial Theatre," said producer Mackintosh in a statement. "This magnificent theatre has the perfect blend of scale and intimacy for a story like Les Misérables, and I can't wait to put together a brilliant company to bring this great musical to new generations of Broadway audiences."
"Les Misérables at the Imperial Theatre is a match made in theatrical heaven," added Philip J. Smith, chairman of The Shubert Organization. "The Shubert Organization is thrilled to welcome home to Broadway one of the great musicals of all time."
This newly re-imagined Les Misérables, which features fresh scenic and narrative elements, and new orchestrations, is still playing across North America, grossing more than $145 million. International productions of the new Les Miz have been seen in the U.K, France, Spain, Japan and Korea and will soon open in Canada, Spain and Australia. The new version inspired filmmakers to create the recent award-winning film of the same name.
The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by original designer Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions.
The Tony-winning score includes such classics as "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 more.
Les Miz, written by Boublil and Schönberg, is based on the 19th-century novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaption by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton.
The original Les Miz orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.
The original London production is still running and is in its 28th year. The musical premiered at the Barbican Theatre in a co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1985. It transferred to the Palace Theatre in December of that year and then moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre in April 2004 where it is still playing. Les Miz is the fourth longest-running Broadway production of all time.