Saturday, September 30, 2006

Lez Miz revival opening in NYC and Longest Running in West End

Les Miz will be the longest running musical when it celebrates it's 21st Birthday October 8, 2006. It will be the longest running Musical in West End and Broadway History.

A revival is being planned for NYC as well (Note to self, you need to schedule some time to go see this show) Previews begin October 24 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Opening night is November 9th. The production office is stating that an overhaul of the show is not planned - Changes will be made to many things from lights to sounds and costumes but nothing extreme.
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About the Show:
Les Misarables, commonly known as Les Mis or Les Miz, is a musical based on the novel Les Misarables by Victor Hugo. Since its debut in 1985, the musical has become arguably the most famous and most performed throughout the world. Its lush and beautiful Tony award-winning score offers such classic songs as "I Dreamed a Dream", "Bring Him Home", "One Day More", and the ballad "On My Own."

"Les Mis" tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his attempts to start a new life and make the world a better place. The musical was written by the composer Claude-Michel Schanberg and the librettist Alain Boublil, and opened in September 1980 at the Palais des Sports in Paris for a projected eight-week season and it ran for sixteen weeks, closing only because the venue was already committed to other projects after that point. In 1982, English producer Cameron Mackintosh began work on an English language version, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The first English production, produced by Mackintosh and directed by Trevor Nunn, opened on October 8, 1985, in the Barbican Theatre, London before moving first to the Palace Theatre and later to the Queen's Theatre. The Broadway production that opened in 1987 was nominated for twelve Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, and ran until 2003; at the time of its closing it was the second-longest running show in the history of Broadway (after Cats) and is now the third longest-running show.

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