2012. United Kingdom. Tom Hooper.
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2012. United Kingdom. Directed by Tom Hooper. Screenplay by William Nicholson. Musical book by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. With Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway. The beloved theatrical production of Les Misérables is given a grand, solemn, and impeccable musical facelift by Academy Award–winning director Hooper. With cast members singing live on set and eschewing lip-synched playback, there is more emotional authenticity in this musical than ever. In the monumental opening scene of a shattered French warship being pulled back into a storm-tossed port by the toil of thousands of convicts, prisoner 24601, Jean Valjean, heaves the rope and sings "Look Down" under the barbaric eye of his captor and tormentor, Inspector Javert. Wrenching poverty, disregard for humanity, and shameless political excess drive the pitiable citizens of Paris to the barricades. Victor Hugo’s novel is all the more relevant today, given the phenomena of the Occupy movement and the 1% and 99% constituencies. Print courtesy of Universal Pictures.