The Paper Mill Playhouse is soon to be at the center of national theatrical attention when it hosts the US premiere of Cameron Mackintosh’s revived production of Les Miserables. Essentially a reboot of the classic Boublil/Schonberg/Kretzmer musical, the production features new staging, set design, costumes, and orchestrations. Simply translated: there’s no turntable. Most musicals don’t have to explain themselves when undergoing a reimagining, but Les Miserables is like a Fourth of July hamburger—people have a clear idea of how they want it.
(Click here to watch the video interview with the cast and creative team of Les Miserables on Discover Jersey Arts)
“It’s a completely new wrapping of what people who have become accustomed to the show already know,” Mark S. Hoebee, producing artistic director of Paper Mill Playhouse, said. “It’s almost like seeing it for the first time.” If asking audiences to embrace a new incarnation of Les Miserables is a risky move for Paper Mill, managing director Todd Schmidt doesn’t think so. “I see a lot of original productions. Nothing is more exciting to me than seeing something redone that works,” Schmidt said. “We’ve all seen productions reimagined that don’t add anything to the original. This new production really adds to the whole experience. It’s the same beautiful score done in a new and exciting way that really enhances what always has been.” Read more