December 24, 2012 |
The people who put "Les Misérables" on screen dreamed a mighty dream, they really did. They dreamed of filming one of the most popular of modern theatrical musicals - 60 million tickets sold in 42 countries and 21 languages since its 1980 Paris debut - in a way that had not been done before, enhancing the emotion of what was already a hugely emotional piece. And, despite some built-in obstacles, they succeeded to a surprising extent. The biggest obstacle to their success, paradoxically, was the show itself, a whopper of a tale wrestled from Victor Hugo's massive novel.
May 17, 1998 |
This political figure is top dog in his adopted hometown, where he shares his home if not his bed with a woman of questionable reputation who is publicly vilified for her scandalous past. Tall and handsome, he owes his massive bulk to a fondness for bread products. His up-from-hardscrabble background has caused his enemies to imply that he is illiterate. But his personal warmth and empathy make him greatly beloved by most of his constituents.
February 20, 2013 |
Once more to the barricades, "Les Misérables" fans. The beloved musical is heading back to Broadway next year in the form of the 25th-anniversary touring production, which came to Los Angeles in 2011. "Les Misérables," which has found renewed popularity thanks to the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation, is set to open in New York in spring 2014. The production has been touring the United States since 2010 and has stopped at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, the 25th-anniversary production draws inspiration from the paintings of Victor Hugo, who wrote the original novel.
January 14, 2013 |
"Les Misérables" won the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy film on Sunday, adding to the movie's already considerable awards momentum. The movie adaptation of the honored stage musical also picked up awards for actors Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. But "Les Misérables" failed to win in the category of original song. "Suddenly," penned by the original musical's songwriters, lost to "Skyfall," written by British pop singer Adele and Paul Epworth for the latest James Bond movie. The new song for "Les Misérables" was written by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michael Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer.
December 27, 2012 |
To make the part of Jean Valjean work in the new big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Les Misérables," there's nothing Hugh Jackman wouldn't do. Including singing in the gym. "If you're an actor, you sign up to make a fool of yourself, and that's what happened," Jackman recalls, outlining the bench-pressing part of his extensive training for the role. Jackman knew Valjean was a physical animal - he'd mixed starvation with hard labor as a French prisoner for 19 years - and the actor wanted to truly look the part.
January 10, 2013 |
It's been a good week for "Les Miserables," which was nominated this morning for the Academy Award for best picture. Its songs are more than 25 years old, but that isn't stopping the movie's fans from rushing out to buy (and presumably download) the soundtrack album to the new movie version of the beloved stage musical. Featuring 20 tracks, including the new song "Suddenly" written for the movie by original songwriters Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, "Les Miserables" reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week with 92,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.