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‘Les Miserables’ Returning to Broadway

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One of the longest-running Broadway musicals in history is returning to the Great White Way, with the news Tuesday that “Les Miserables” will have another Broadway revival next year.

 According to The Wrap, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s popular musical will follow its successful movie adaptation last year with a return to Broadway. The show ran uninterrupted in New York from its opening in 1987 until closing in 2003; it had a revival in 2006 that ran through early 2008. Following the 2012 movie that was nominated for eight Academy Awards, the stage version will be back in 2014. As with all previous versions and the movie, Cameron Mackintosh will produce.

“Les Miserables” is based on Victor Hugo’s 19th century novel that centered around the doomed 1832 student uprising in Paris, told through the eyes of ex-convict Jean Valjean, forever on the run from officious policeman Inspector Javert. The musical version was first mounted in French in the early 1980s, making its way to London and eventually to New York, before touring all around the world. Popular songs from the score include “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More,” “Do You Hear the People Sing” and “Bring Him Home.”

The return to the stage isn’t the only good news this week for “Les Miz” fans. The cast of the movie will perform at the Academy Awards on Sunday, as part of a star-studded tribute to movie musicals also featuring the casts of “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls.” So yes, you will get to hear Russell Crowe sing one more time.

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