Cameron Mackintosh has been talking about a 25th anniversary Broadway revival of “Les Miserables” for some time now, and we now know that the musical will open at the Imperial Theatre next March.
Previews for the show will begin March 1, 2014 at the same venue that was home to the show for 13 years during the musical’s original Broadway run. An official opening will be held on March 23, 2014. Casting currently is underway, and is expected to be announced this summer.
“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 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 new production is a reworking of the original version, and features new scenic and narrative elements. But it will of course feature the now classic original songs, including “”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” and “Master Of The House.”
“‘Les Misérables’ at the Imperial Theatre is a match made in theatrical heaven,” added Philip J. Smith, chairman of The Shubert Organization, in the statement. “The Shubert Organization is thrilled to welcome home to Broadway one of the great musicals of all time.”
The original Broadway production opened at the Broadway Theatre in 1987, and transferred to the Imperial Theatre three years later. It ran until 2003 for a total of 6,680 performances. The first revival of the show opened in 2006.