‘Les Miserables’ Returns to Broadway in 2014
Perhaps inspired by the massive success of the new film adaptation of “Les Miserables” that hit theaters on Christmas Day, the musical is heading back to Broadway in 2014.
In an interview with producer Cameron Mackintosh, Showbiz411.com revealed that the show will return to Broadway in 2014, which would mark the third production on the Great White Way since it first premiered in 1987. The original production closed in 2003, and the first revival was held in November 2006 and ran just over a year.
BroadwayWorld.com reports that previous rumors have indicated that the current national touring version of the musical will make a Broadway stop, but no official announcements have yet been made. Currently, the national tour has dates scheduled through June 2013.
During the Showbiz411 interview, Mackintosh also spoke of the film version, and addressed previous rumors that Taylor Swift would play the part of Eponine in the film. That role eventually went to Samantha Barks, one of the few unknowns in the cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, among others.
“[Swift's] a lovely woman and she auditioned, and she’s completely un-starry, and she’s talented.” Mackintosh said. “It’s just that actually the requirements of the role were better fitted by Sam. Every single person in this film, whether they’re known or unknown, auditioned for this movie. Nearly every name you’ve heard in the gossip columns are true, came up for Eponine, and it’s wonderful I think that somebody completely unknown got it.”
The original production of “Les Miserables” opened at the Barbican Theatre in London on October 8, 1985 and transferred to the Palace Theatre later that year. In 2004, it moved to the Queen’s Theatre, where it continues to play. In 2006, the production became the longest running musical in the world.