With the release of the newest trailer for Les Misérables, and the likes of Broadway veteran Hugh Jackman and Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried running across the screen while Anne Hathaway’s beautiful voice rumbles I dreamed a dream in the background, the gut wrenching preview has us just as excited about this remake of the insanely popular musical as its original. Join Red Karaoke as we take a short look at the history behind this wonderful piece of Broadway legend, in hopes of quelling or anticipation for the new Les Misérables’s December release.
Based on the novel widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables the musical tells many different stories of struggle for redemption and revolution. From ladies of the night to student revolutionaries, all of Hugo’s varying revolutionary points of view are represented in this stage delight.
The musical opened in 1985 at the Barbican Centre in London to critical reviews that were highly negative, and literary scholars condemned the project for converting classic literature into a mere musical. Yet the public disagreed and the box office received record orders and sold out, helping Les Misérables to become the second longest-running musical in the world after The Fantasticks, the second longest-running West End show after The Mousetrap (and currently still the longest running aside from Phantom of the Opera), and the third longest-running show in Broadway history.
Les Misérables has received dozens of accolades, including nominations for 12 Tony Awards, eight of which it won, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. It also won first in a BBC pole naming it the “Nation’s Number One Essential Musical” in June 2005.
In January of 2010, Les Misérables played its ten-thousandth performance in London and on October 4rd of the same year the show celebrated its 25th anniversary with three productions running in the same city: the original show at London’s West End; the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary touring production at the original home of the show, the Barbican Centre; and the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary concert at London’s O2 Arena.
If you are as big of a fan of Les Misérables as we are, you can enjoy singing all of the musical’s wonderful songs here on Red Karaoke while you wait for the release of the film adaptation. Don’t forget to tell us what you think of the latest Les Misérables trailer here, in our forum on facebook.