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Les Miz: Back on Broadway as Oscar Winner

Monday, February 25, 2013

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Les Misérables took home three Oscars Sunday night, and now it’s going back to Broadway.

The musical had its first run on Broadway from 1987 to 2003. It came back for a brief run in 2006. Now with the success of the movie, producer Cameron Mackintosh is planning to bring a new version of the musical back to Broadway next year.

Mackintosh is a veteran producer on Broadway, behind hits like Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. He’s also the one behind the failed version of Les Miz on Broadway in 2006.

But Jeremy Gerard, drama critic for Bloomberg News, said the musical has seen success in national and international tours, giving Mackintosh a good foundation for the next iteration.

“What he’s got is a brand,” said Gerard. “It’s something that’s very fixed in American consciousness, and what we’ve seen is that hit musicals and hit movies are very good for each other.”

Listen to Host Janet Babin’s full interview with Jeremy Gerard by clicking the audio above.

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