Cameron Mackintosh announced today that his acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece Les Miserables will come to Broadway in March, 2014 at a Shubert theater to be announced. This newly re-imagined Les Miserables is breaking box-office records across the country and around the world and inspired filmmakers to make the immensely successful movie which has been nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and has won 3 Golden Globes including Best Picture, as well as 4 BAFTA's. The new production has been a sell-out since launching a U.S. national tour in November 2010, having already played in 64 cities throughout North America, grossing more than $130 million. International productions of the new Les Miserables have met with equal success and acclaim in the U.K, France, Spain and Korea. New productions are scheduled to open in the coming months in Japan, Canada, Australia and Brazil.
Cameron Mackintosh said "To my constant surprise, my productions continue to be enjoyed as much as ever by audiences all around the world and I'm thrilled to have the unique chance of redoing them all over as if they were brand new shows. I'm even more delighted that they are proving just as big hits at the box office in their new form as the originals, having recently reinvented Oliver!, Phantom and Miss Saigon to similar acclaim to the new Les Miserables. It's marvelous that modern audiences are embracing them as contemporary musicals rather than revivals. I am delighted that Broadway audiences will now join the millions of Americans who have already flocked to see this glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo."
Philip J. Smith, Chairman of The Shubert Organization, said, "We're thrilled Cameron is bringing LES MIZ back to Broadway, where it's been a huge success, not once, but twice. Both times in Shubert theaters. In 1985, Bernie Jacobs, Bob Wankel and I went to London to attend the world premiere. We knew that night Cameron had created something great. We were right."
Anita Gates in The New York Times calls this new production of Les Miserables "a splendidly reworked, unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish." Benedict Nightingale in The London Times hails the new LES MIZ "a five star hit, astonishingly powerful and as good as the original." Peter Filichia in The Star-Ledger calls it "a dynamically re-imagined hit. This Les Miserables has improved with age" and Roma Torre on NY1 News proclaims "this new production actually exceeds the original. The storytelling is clearer, the perspective grittier and the motivations more honest. Musical theatre fans can rejoice: LES MIZ is born again." Terry Byrne in The Boston Globe said, "The new production of Les Miserables qualifies as a truly extraordinary theatrical experience. It is nothing less than stunning. This production is so breathtaking, you simply won't want it to end." Chris Jones in The Chicago Tribune called the new LES MIZ, "uncommonly raw, unusually emotional and strikingly intense. LES MIZ stands alone in its dramatic and emotional achievements. The storytelling is formidable; the theatricalization spectacular. This new production refreshes and rethinks without sacrificing any singularity of intensity or artistic occasion. It is not to be missed."