There are no dreams deferred for the producers of the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In its first full week since its April 3 opening, director Kenny Leon’s well-reviewed revival earned a remarkable $1.18 million, according to figures from the Broadway League covering ticket sales for the week ending April 13. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing show of the week and the only non-musical to cross the seven-figure threshold. And thanks to premium ticket prices as high as $348, Raisin actually exceeded the estimated gross potential of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by 16 percent. READ FULL STORY
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As you can tell from above, Prisoner 24601 still has the physical prowess to make us swoon (much like Hugh Jackman’s Oscar-nominated turn as Jean Valjean in the 2012 film), but Iranian/Canadian star Ramin Karimloo’s long-awaited Broadway debut as Valjean proved to be worth the wait. Coming off stellar reviews (and proving a threat to claim the Best Actor in a Musical Tony), with the revival already a smash hit, it seems that everything old is new again, as audiences cannot get enough barricades and French resistance (this time sans turntable, and all the better for it). Tyne Daly also made a welcome Main Stem return since the 2011 revival of Master Class where she was a Master Callas (Maria, that is), and EW teased new some new, starry Broadway premieres with the likes of Audra McDonald, and the much-decorated cast of The Realistic Joneses, as well as a early listen of the CD for the musical Beautiful, the Carole King opus with the uncanny and impressive Jessie Mueller. EW reviewed the aforementioned shows and a few others as we head into the nitty-gritty of the theater season, with no less than 12 Broadway openings to come in the next series of weeks (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY
It’s been a hot French minute since we last talked about Les Misérables. One of the longest-running and most cherished Broadway musicals of all time was back in the spotlight in late 2012 with a buzzy, big-budget movie adaptation, packed with singing celebrities (and Russell Crowe) and enough close-ups to make even Norma Desmond cringe. To say that theater fans were divided on the final product would be a heavy understatement.
That’s all water under the Pulteney Bridge, though, because Les Miserables is back — and what’s more important is that it’s safely returned to the hands of real musical theater performers who promise to return the beloved title to its former glory.
The cast of the second Broadway revival (which opens March 23) took to Good Morning America to offer a little taste of the newly reimagined production, performing the Act 1 counterpoint extravaganza “One Day More.” Watch the performance below (and keep in mind that it was 9 in the morning), then find out who you’ll be geeking out over in the coming months. READ FULL STORY
News finally arrived that the upcoming Broadway revival of Les Misérables has its principal cast intact — with Iran-born musical-theater hunk Ramin Karimloo in his first Broadway role as the bread-stealing Valjean, Tony-nominee Will Swenson (Hair) as staunch Javert, Ghost‘s Caissie Levy dreaming a dream of time gone by as tragic heroine Fantine, and Book of Mormon Tony victor Nikki M. James as lovelorn Eponine. Will they duplicate the successes (or in Russell Crowe’s case, non-successes) of their film counterparts, this time without the fish-eye lenses? The spring will tell, but if you live up North and are dying of curiosity, Mr. Karimloo is currently playing the role in Toronto before they bring him home (hee-hee) to NYC.
Also, six new shows pushed through an already crowded fall theater season, including several debuts: playwright Sharr White (The Other Place) takes on Chekhov, sort of, with Mary-Louise Parker returning to the stage for the first time in four years, David Hyde Pierce appears in a piece by his nephew Greg and Curtains composer John Kander, and mega-author John Grisham finds one of his books adapted to the Great White Way for the first time. How did they fare? (Click on the links below for the full reviews.)
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Don’t get your knickers in a twist, mate! I know that technically, there is no such thing as a “British” accent. But what else would you call the English-ish dialect that’s long been used as a catchall in American-made movies and TV shows set anywhere ancient, foreign, and/or magical?
The fantasy thing, at least, makes a certain amount of sense. That genre has its roots in stories like J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia; naturally, those authors’ homelands (and, therefore, their way of speaking) are associated with the stories their work has inspired.
Perhaps more importantly, made-up fantasy lands tend to have cultures and customs based at least partially on those of medieval Europe – and even if people in medieval Europe didn’t sound remotely like denizens of present-day London, using modern British inflections makes fantasy characters’ speech sound more authentic to most people’s untrained ears. Hearing knights and princesses speak like they were brought up in Cincinnati just seems wrong — possibly also because the United States has existed for only 237 years.
Les Misérables is returning to its New York home 11 years after its historic Broadway run. In March 2014, a revised production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical will debut at New York’s Imperial Theatre, the same stage where the original show ran for 13 years until 2003. (A short-lived revival ran for 14 months at the Broadhurst Theatre beginning in November 2006.) “This magnificent theater has the perfect blend of scale and intimacy for a story like Les Misérables, and I can’t wait to put together a brilliant company to bring this great musical to new generations of Broadway audiences,” said producer Cameron Mackintosh, in a statement. READ FULL STORY
Les Mis star Russell Crowe may have spent a little too much time staring at the “Stars.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
The Oscar winner was flummoxed Tuesday when he spied a mysterious crimson flash floating across the sky near his office in Woolloomooloo (which sounds like a space town but is, in fact, a suburb of Sydney, Australia). He even took a series of time-lapse photos of the phenomenon, which he then posted on Twitter with this not-at-all-crazy-sounding caption: “UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC’s Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)”
Did you hear the people singing yesterday? To be fair, it was mostly the screams of excited Les Misérables fans when they heard the show was coming back to Broadway, set for a new opening in March 2014. Details right now are scarce – although we do know that the new production will be based on the current West End revival of the piece, which contains slightly different staging and other adjustments.
As for casting, it’s too early in the game for official announcements – which is where the fun comes in. Below, see some dream picks for all the big roles when the show hits Broadway next year. Because this production is obviously happening in part because of renewed interest because of the Oscar-nominated movie, the film cast (and the publicity they would bring) seem obvious choices. But for this (day)dream I dreamed, let’s assume that the stars of the film are all Les Mis’d out (no matter how much Anne Hathaway may want a Tony), and it is other performers’ moment. See some of our picks below, and then add your own. READ FULL STORY
Do you hear the people 'Like'?: 'Les Misérables' and 'Django Unchained' come out on top in Facebook pre-Oscar data
Les Misérables has a heart full of likes on Facebook. (We can keep these puns coming all day.) The Tom Hooper movie has the most Facebook fans of any best picture nominee with 1.2 million, followed by Django Unchained with 723,000.
Oscar predictions are all about compiling data (and also who gave the best performance and deserves the award most and stuff like that), but even though Les Misérables has fans on Facebook (and here), it still has only 50/1 odds of winning Best Picture, according to Las Vegas Sports Betting. READ FULL STORY
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