By Adam Hetrick
and Michael Gioia
17 Oct 2013
Producer Cameron Mackintosh is bringing the 25th-anniversary, re-imagined production of Les Misérables back to Broadway with an official opening set for March 23, 2014.
Casting is expected shortly.
This newly re-imagined Les Misérables, which features fresh scenic and narrative elements and new orchestrations, is currently playing Toronto with Ramin Karimloo (The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies) starring as Jean Valjean.
The original New York production of Les Misérables premiered 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."
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.