“What we’re counting on is that people who loved the movie will now really want to see ‘Les Misérables’ on stage, and people who loved the original musical were swept up by the film and say, ‘I can’t wait for another chance to see it onstage again,’” Cameron Mackintosh, the mega-producer of hits like “Cats” and the long-running “Phantom of the Opera,” told the New York Times. (Translation: “We’re going to beat this dead horse for every penny she’s worth.”)
Asked if Hugh Jackman, a Tony Award-winning theater actor as well as a movie star, might do a guest appearance as Jean Valjean in “Les Misérables” on Broadway, Mackintosh told the Times that his billing “would sell a few tickets.”
“If Hugh said he wanted to do it for a week or two, that’d be fine by me,” he said. “But that’s not why we’re doing this. ‘Les Misérables’ is the star, the material is the star, and what you want to do is find star performances from people who want to be in it – like we had with the movie.”
No word on offers for Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried to reprise the roles of Inspector Javert and Cosette respectively. Maybe they could switch; it would probably be as entertaining as their on-screen performances.