“Les Miserables” will be hitting Broadway again – and for far longer than “one day more.”
A revival of the uber-popular musical will open in March 14 at Manhattan’s Imperial Theatre, said producer Cameron Mackintosh. It’s part of the current “Les Mis” U.S. tour, which kicked off in 2010.
This will be “Les Mis’” third time on Broadway – it ran for almost 13 years at the Imperial starting in 1990. It debuted -- and enjoyed a three-year run -- at the Broadway Theatre in 1987. A revival ran at the New York’s Broadhurst Theatre from 2006-2008.
Producers of the new Broadway production at the Imperial no doubt hope to capitalize on the sucess of the Oscar-nominated movie of “Les Mis” – and the award buzz that ensued.
Directed by Tom Hooper, the film starred Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe performing their own songs recorded during filming, not dubbed in a studio later. Worldwide, the film has grossed nearly $400 million.
“What we’re counting on is that people who loved the movie will now really want to see ‘Les Misérables’ on stage, and people who loved the original musical were swept up by the film and say, ‘I can’t wait for another chance to see it onstage again,’” Mackintosh told the New York Times.
Previews begin March 1; the show opens the night of March 23. Single tickets will be available starting in September.
"Les Miz" holds the title, from its initial Broadway run, of third-longest musical run in Broadway history.
Consider “Les Mis” by the numbers: nearly 65 million people have enjoyed it worldwide, in 22 languages and across 42 countries, including Japan, London and South Korea, according to the Associated Press.