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Friday, February 17, 2006

 

Les Miz: Learn When To Quit, Frenchie

Are you friggin' kidding me? From the NYT:

Giving new meaning to the term "revival," Cameron Mackintosh has decided to bring his long-running hit "Les Misérables" back to Broadway a mere three and a half years after closing a 16-year run.

The musical, which played 6,680 performances on Broadway from 1987 to 2003, will take up residence at the Broadhurst Theater on Oct. 21. Billed as a six-month engagement, "Les Miz," version 2.0, will use sets and lighting from a current North American tour — now in Boston — and feature a company of tour members as well as newly cast actors.

Reached at his estate in Somerset, England, yesterday, Mr. Mackintosh said the Broadway return was part of a celebration of the show's worldwide longevity — in October, "Les Miz" will become the longest-running musical in London's West End — and of course, its potential sales. "Audiences seem to have grown up on the show, and the people who come to see it say it's better than ever," Mr. Mackintosh. "So it seemed to me, why not?"

I'll tell you why not...because shameless prostitution of old musicals should be outlawed. Most of us haven't even lost the ringing in our ears from the atom-splitting finale of that show, and here it is, back to punish unwitting tourists once again. (Especially sad, when great new Off-Broadway plays that have already raised millions already for a transfer can't even find a Broadway house to move into.)

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