'Les Misérables' returning to Broadway in 2014 based on movie success

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The legendary musical "Les Misérables" will be returning to Broadway to delight audiences, once again, beginning in March 2014, according to the New York Times. The move, of course, is an attempt to capitalize on the success of the film version, released in December. The film is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

"Les Misérables," based on a novel released in 1862, first took the stage in a 1980 Paris production, before opening in the West End in London. In 1987, the show made its Broadway premiere, and amassed a 16-year run, ending in 2003. A 2006 revival wasn't well-received, closing in 2008.

Show producer Cameron Mackintosh hopes that the new Broadway run will truly revive the show, following the 2006 version. He noted it won't be an exact copy of the original version, with some design elements changing, including the show's scenery being based around paintings done by the author of the book. He also mentions some orchestration changes, saying the plan is to "get away from the crude electric-piano sound of the original." A theater has not been named as home of the production.
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