The mega-musical "Les Miserables" is back on the Broadway boards. NY1's Frank DiLella was on hand for the show's opening on Sunday night.
After a six year absence from the Great White Way, "Les Miserables" is back home, but this time with a whole new look.
Les Mis opened on Sunday night at the space it closed in during its original run in 2003, The Imperial Theater. This production features new staging by Laurence Connor and James Powell, new costumes, sets and orchestrations. The revival stars an A list roster of musical theater talent, including Will Swenson as Javert, Nikki M. James as Eponine and Caissie Levy as Fantine. Leading the company as the central character Jean Valjean is West End powerhouse and Broadway newcomer Ramin Karimloo.
"I've been lucky to have offers like you say, I just thought that's not enough to leave the kids and leave the U.K. or uproot them and bring them. So when this came on the table there was nothing to say no," says Karimloo.
Karimloo made a name for himself in London when he originated the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera," "Love Never Dies." He later went on to star as Valjean in Les Mis in London and then Toronto.
"In London it was only like three and a half months. Toronto was about four months. So I haven't even actually done a year yet, so I'd never felt I had finished business with it," says Karimloo.
The original Broadway production of "Les Miserables" ran for more than 6,500 performances. It was revived in 2006, and of course was turned into a feature film. So what makes Les Mis stick? I polled the Les Mis company on opening night and they had this to say.
"Alain and Claude Michel wrote one of the best scores I've ever heard," says Nikki M. James, one of the actors.
"It's all of the death and the turmoil and the sacrifice that happens in this show. There is hope that rings true," says Keala Settle, another actor.
"This is a rock show even though it's Les Mis," says Andy Mientus, another actor.
And to catch this French themed rock show, Les Mis is now playing on Broadway.