The songs of angry men (who will not be slaves again) will be sung once more at the Imperial Theatre, which will house the upcoming Broadway revival of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's classic musical Les Misérables in 2014. The newly reimagined production is set to begin performances on Saturday, March 1 in advance of a Sunday, March 23 opening.
"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," producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a statement.
Les Misérables played 6,680 performances on Broadway, over 5,000 of which were at the Imperial Theatre, from October 17, 1990 to May 18, 2003. The original New York production premiered in 1987 at the Broadway Theatre. A 2006 Broadway revival of Les Misérables played the Broadhurst Theatre.
Co-directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, this revival of Les Misérables began life as a United States national tour in 2010, grossing over $145 million in 64 cities throughout North America. International productions of this new Les Miz have been seen in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Korea.
The production features scenic design inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo by Matt Kinley, costumes by Adreane Neofitu, additional costumes by Christine Rowlands, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. The original orchestrations are by John Cameron with new orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke and additional orchestrations by Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker.
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel of the same name, the show features music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, an original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and additional material by James Fenton.
Casting and additional information will be announced later this summer.