Posts Tagged ‘Les Miserables’

It’s a wonder that there hasn’t already been a movie version of the famed Broadway musical, “Les Miserables.” The show, also known by its nickname “Les Miz,” is the third longest running show on Broadway, the longest running musical on the West End and the winner of the 1987 Tony for Best Musical.

But alas, there hasn’t been a film featuring a singing Jean Valjean and Javert to grace the screens just yet. Although, there have been adaptations of the book, the best known being the 1998 film starring Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, and Claire Danes.

The new musical adaptation is set to hit theaters on December 7, 2012 (just in time for Oscar season, of course). Already in the cast is Hugh Jackman as the lead male role of Jean Valjean. Joining him will be Russell Crowe as Javert, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Eddie Redmayne (“My Week With Marilyn”) as Marius, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier. Rumored to be making his second appearance in a film adaptation of “Les Miserables” is Geoffrey Rush, who is in talks to play Monsieur Thenardier.

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It was announced this past April that “American Idiot,” the Green Day musical based off the album of the same name was going to be adapted to the big screen. The show about suburban youths finding their way in the post-9/11 world is good, but I was skeptical of this decision after an underwhelming performance at the Tony’s and a rather short Broadway run–the show closed on April 24.

As a side note, does it make any sense that it has taken over 25 years for a “Les Miserables” movie to be made, but it only takes “American Idiot” two years? But after hearing Green Day’s latest thoughts on the casting, I’ve lost hope.

According to celebrity blogger extraordinaire, Perez Hilton, Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day frontman) thinks “Twilight star” Robert Pattinson would be a good choice to star the film. “I’m gonna say that kid in ‘Twilight.’ He’s a good actor. There’s still more to come with that kid.”

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The longest running show on Broadway, the “Phantom of the Opera,” celebrated the 25th anniversary of its original London opening last weekend on October 1 and 2 with a performance of the show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. There were three performances, all of which sold out.

Original stars of the failed Phantom sequel, “Love Never Dies,” which closed in London this past August, Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess starred as the Phantom and Christine. Interestingly enough, the show began with a plug for the upcoming release of a taping of the Australian production of “Love Never Dies.”

The anniversary concert followed in the steps of “Les Miserables,” which held a similar concert last year for the show’s 25th anniversary. It’s only fitting for two of Broadway’s most epic shows to have an equally epic celebration for their anniversaries.

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