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With the movie still fresh in many people’s minds, the musical that inspired Les Miserables is heading back to Broadway next year.
USA Today reports that the new production is being billed as “newly imagined” by producer Cameron Mackintosh. The musical, by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and based on Victor Hugo’s novel, will open in March 2014.
“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,” Mackintosh said in a statement. “I'm even more delighted that they are proving just as big hits at the box office in their new form as the originals.”
According to The New York Daily News, the new Les Mis production opened in Millburn, New Jersey back in 2010 and has been touring the country since. Mackintosh didn’t say what theater will host his Les Mis production or who will star.
Les Mis, which features famous songs like “I Dreamed A Dream” and “On My Own,” originally ran on Broadway for 6,680 performances after it opened in 1987. In November 2006, it returned for another run. The musical has been running on the London stage for 28 years.
Mackintosh also co-produced Tom Hooper’s film version, which has grossed $400 million worldwide. It’s up for several Oscars on Sunday, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Hugh Jackman). Anne Hathaway is considered a favorite for Best Supporting Actress.