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Transcript of Les Miserables
Off to Broadway
After multiple abandoned projects, Les Miserables is now finally becoming a major motion picture. Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Cameron Mackintosh, and directed by Tom Hopper this anticipated movie is came out December 5, 2012 in London at the Empire, Leicester Square and is premiering in the United States December 25, 2012 in all theaters.
The original cast includes Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, Terrence Mann as Javert, David Bryant as Marius, Judy Kuhn as Cosette, Michael Maguire as Enjolras, Frances Ruffelle as Éponine, Braden Danner as Gavroche, Donna Vivino as Young Cosette, Leo Burmester as Thénardier, Jennifer Butt as Madame Thénardier, Randy Graff as Fantine, Chrissie McDonald as Young Éponine, and Norman Large as the Bishop of Digne.
Steps to Becoming a Musical
Before it became a musical, Les Miserables started as a French-Language concept-album.
October 8, 1985 producer Cameron Mackintosh opened an English-version of Les Miserables at the Barbican Centre in London.
In 1980 it became a musical and was first presented in Palais des Sports in Paris directed by Robert Hossein.
From the original concept album (One More Day)
On March 12, 1987 "Les Miserables" premiered at The Broadway Theatre. This musical was a $4.5 million production and they made over $4 million during their opening in New York. After three years of playing at The Broadway Theatre, "Les Miserables" moved to the Imperial Theatre in Manhattan. In the Imperial Theatre the production was supposed to close thirteen years later in 2003 but instead it was postponed due to an increase in public interest.
The creators Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, inspired by the French production, wanted to prefect "Les Miserables". They did this by deleting two songs; Gavroche's "Little People" and Cosette's "I Saw Him Once". They also improved Javert's suicide scene by making it more dramatic.
The making of this movie started in March of 2011 when Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the original English-version of the musical Les Miserables, agreed to produce the movie. In September 2011 the main cast was chosen, including Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway as Fantine. In France, March 8, 2012 marked the start of filming. Then a quick three months later, on June 23rd, it all the scenes had been filmed.
The novel written by Victor Hugo has inspired millions of people. It has been transformed into many different kinds of entertainment. The story has been portrayed in other books, numerous movies and television shows, different kinds of animation, radio specials, plays, games, and, of course, musicals. People have also tried writing sequels to his famous story line about Cosette and Marius' life together, but nothing even compares to Hugo's beautiful writing.
The Broadway musical of Les Miserables is known as one of the best musicals ever produced. It is the third longest running Broadway musical in history, behind Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, it had 6,680 performances. After the original Broadway play closed, it started again three years later for a limited revival. This tour lasted two years, from November 9, 2006 to January 6, 2008. With this show and the original the combined total of performances tallies up to 7,176. The musical has been performed in many countries all around the world in various languages. Over 60 million people world wide have seen the musical, Les Miserables. There have also been 10th and 25th Annual Concert shows along with other concerts in other countries such as France, England and Canada.
Official Les Miserables Movie Website