As its redemptive hero toils on a chain gang, traverses a mountain, trudges through sewers and enters a revolutionary barricade, (among other intense trials), the movie musical “Les Miserables” is a zero-subtlety spectacle for the Occupy age and the current Oscar-campaign climes.
But it also is a risk-taking and frequently affecting movie that sings its not entirely artificial heart out. Read More
Though Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables" has been made into many movies, adapting it from the monumental stage musical to the screen for the first time seems like it would be daunting.
But Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") decided to let go of cinematic tricks and simply have the cast sing the famed songs by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer live – recording them right there on camera. Read More
If Justin Timberlake really wants to make his new wife, Jessica Biel, happy, he’ll deliver Anne Hathaway’s head on a plate this Christmas.
According to the New York Daily News, Biel is “fuming” over the fact that she has lost two plum roles to the Oscar-buzzy brunette: Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises” and Fantine in “Les Miserables.”
Could it be that Biel is more Lifetime movie than Cannes Film Festival? Read More
Back in 1985, San Francisco defeated Miami in the Super Bowl, unemployment hovered just above 7 percent and TV’s “Dynasty” was a ratings winner. But it was a major drama unfolding onstage that generated the most buzz that year, as audiences came out en masse to applaud what was destined to become the second-longest-running musical in the world: “Les Misérables.”
The 25th anniversary touring show, which was first re-imagined in 2010, hits the Orpheum Theatre this week. Read More
The SHN Series — formerly known as Best of Broadway — is bringing seven shows to the Orpheum, Curran and Golden Gate theaters for its 2011-12 season.
Running Oct. 25 to Nov. 20 at the Golden Gate will be “Hair,” the 2009 Tony Award winner for best musical revival.
A new musical comedy, “Bring it On: The Musical,” about the world of competitive cheerleading runs Dec. 15 to Jan. 5 at the Orpheum. Read More