Arguably the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables, comes to the screen on December 25, 2012.
“The opening night of Les Misérables at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985 was one of those extraordinary occasions when against all the odds a theatrical alchemy took place that made everyone forget the years of work and months of rehearsal that went into adapting Hugo’s sweeping masterpiece for the musical stage…the Guinness Book of Records confirmed that Les Miz had had more concurrent productions (15 at one time) than any other musical in history… Now Les Misérables has, to my surprise, taken over the mantle of the world’s longest-running musical from another of my productions, Cats… Les Misérables is proving more successful than ever with the original London production holding record-breaking advance box office figures.” Cameron Mackintosh (www.lesmis.com)
Fans of the stage musical can find much to be excited about in the new movie. The stellar cast – featuring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried – performed all of the musical numbers live during film production. This will hopefully bring a quality of authenticity and depth that is sometimes missing from movie musicals. Advance previews of the film are already garnering accolades, with Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Hugh Jackman for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy), Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress and “Suddenly” for Best Original Song.
To celebrate the movie release, Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to offer you a new Les Misérables piano/vocal songbook from the Hal Leonard Corporation. The songbook features piano/vocal selections of 16 songs from the film, plus a special 9-page section of fantastic full-color art! Of special note is the inclusion of the Golden Globe nominated song “Suddenly,” which was newly composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg and sung by Hugh Jackman in the film. (Learn more about the creation of this exciting new song here.)