A new stage version of classic musical Les Miserables will open on Broadway in March 2014, capitalizing on the monumental success of the Oscar nominated movie, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Producer Cameron Mackintosh is behind the new stage adaptation and will be looking to restore the show's reputation following the ill-conceived revival in 2006.
According to the New York Times, the latest Les Miserables will be lacking the notable revolving turntable that was used in the original production which ran from 1987 to 2003. The new version also features completely redesigned scene based on Victor Hugo's paintings for his original novel. The staging will also be different, with more emphasis on the gritty downtrodden France of the 19th century. Mackintosh will be hoping these changes and the interest in the $400 million grossing film will be enough to fully revitalize the Les Miserables stage brand.
"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,'" said the producer, previously known for helming the likes of Cats and the long-running Phantom of the Opera.
Mackintosh cannot know for sure that the demand for Les Miserables on Broadway is there, though he notes a tour grossed $3.5 million for three weeks in Washington in December, when the film first opened. Advance ticket sales for the London production have jumped in recent months around 20 per cent.