Playbill On-Line continues to receive dozens of e-mails and queries regarding Les Miserables' upcoming anniversary and the events surrounding it. Unfortunately, as of Jan. 23, there is still no official news from the Mackintosh production office about who will be in the new, 10th Anniversary Les Miz cast, or the rules, deadlines and other details of the contest that will allow 1000 lucky Les Miserables fans to attend the 10th anniversary Broadway performance.
Spokesperson Brett Oberman, of The Publicity Office, told Playbill On-Line that he's been expecting official word on the casting "any day now" and figures the news will come early the week of Jan. 27. He did say news on the big contest will most likely be released Monday, Jan. 27.
The contest will be the producers' way of thanking "devoted fans" who have kept the show running all this time. Hughes said the contest would be national in scope, but said details are still being worked out. The musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg will mark its tenth anniversary March 12, 1997 at the Imperial Theatre.
Also as part of the celebration, director John Caird is bringing in the national touring company to play on Broadway for five weeks starting Jan. 26 while he is rehearsing a largely new Broadway company, which will begin "previews" March 3 and "open" on the anniversary night, March 12.
The current Broadway cast will give its last performance Jan. 26. The idea of using the anniversary to thank fans is similar to some proposed by Playbill On-Line members in a poll conducted in August. To read the poll, check Theatre News.
For more information on the recently resolved back-story of Les Miz vs. Actors' Equity, please see Playbill On-Line's story, "Union and Producer Reach Settlement in Les Miz Dispute."
Tickets for regular performances of Les Miserables can be ordered by calling (212) 239 6200. You can also buy tickets on Playbill On-Line.