'Les Miserables' set to return to Broadway in 2014
Good news for Broadway fans - "Les Miserables" is making its return!
The Tony award-winning musical, which is based on an 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, is set to return to Broadway in 2014 as a re-imagined adaptation, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the original stage version and served as co-producer of this year's Oscar-nominated film, is set to re-imagine the new adaptation which will be based on paintings by Victor Hugo, according to the site. The photos use light and drama which he hopes will bring the show a new flavor.
The original production is in its 28th year in London, making it the world's longest-running musical. The play opened in London in 1985 and on Broadway two years later.
"Les Miserables" the musical features the song "I Dreamed A Dream," famously covered by "Britain's Got Talent" finalist Susan Boyle, and has starred celebrities such as Patti Lupone, Nick Jonas, Ricky Martin and Lea Salonga, the singing voice of Princess Jasmine and Mulan from the Disney movies "Aladdin" and "Mulan."
Many adaptaions of "Les Miserables" have been released, including a 1998 movie based on the novel, which was not a musical. Javert was played by Geoffrey Rush, who starred in "The King's Speech" and portrayed Barbossa in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. Liam Neeson played Valjean and Claire Danes played his adoptive daughter, Cosette.
In 2012, the Oscar-nominated film version featuring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe was released.
In "Les Miserables," Jackman plays an ex-convict on the run, Jean Valjean, while Crowe plays the police inspector Javert, who obsessed with putting him back in jail. Hathaway stars as an impoverished, ill single mother, Fantine, who becomes a prostitute out of desperation and asks Valjean to raise her daughter, Cosette. Amanda Seyfriend plays the child when she is older.
Jackman and Hathaway went through physical and emotionally difficult transformations for their roles. Both practically starved themselves to lose weight to appear malnourished. (Check out details about the odd diet Hathaway put herself on to lose 25 pounds for "Les Miserables".) Jackman then put on 30 pounds for the scenes in which Valjean lives a secret life as a French aristocrat. (Check out Check out 9 facts about Hugh Jackman and his "Les Miserables" experience.)
Hathaway also chopped off her hair because Fantine sells herself as part of her attempts to raise money for her daughter.
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