Where and When
Les Mis is performed at the Broadhurst Theatre, 235 West 44th Street, New York NY. 10036. Previews begin October 24 with an official opening scheduled for November 9.
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The performance schedule is Tuesday through Thursday evenings with matinees on Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday.
Tickets are available online, at the Broadhurst Theatre box office, or by calling Telecharge (800) 432-7250.
The original production of Les Mis opened at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987 and closed at the Imperial Theatre on May 18, 2003.
A brief history
- Late Feb., 1987:
- First Broadway preview after a pre-Broadway engagement at Washington DC's Kennedy Center.
- March 12, 1987:
- Les Mis opens at the Broadway Theatre, on Broadway at 52nd St.
- June 7, 1987:
- Les Misérables wins 8 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Featured
Actor (Michael Maguire as Enjolras), Best Featured Actress (Frances
Ruffelle as Eponine), Director of a Musical (Trevor Nunn and John Caird),
Book of a Musical (Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg),
Score (Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
and Alain Boublil), Scenic Design (John Napier) and Lighting Design
(David Hersey). Other award nominees included Colm Wilkinson (Valjean),
Terrence Mann (Javert) and Judy Kuhn (Cosette) as well as Andreane Neofitou
- Oct. 17, 1990:
- Les Mis moves from the 1752 seat Broadway Theatre to the smaller 1421
seat Imperial Theatre to make room for Miss Saigon to open in the former.
- Late 1996:
- It becomes known that in preparation for the 10th anniversary, much
of the current cast will be let go and the show will be overhauled.
The reason given for this drastic action is that the show has grown
stale. Ensemble actors generally have "run of show" contracts;
those actors who were let go were compensated beyond the minimum requirements
of Actors Equity (the union for theatre actors).
- Jan. 1997- March 1997:
- The US National touring cast fills in on Broadway while the 10th anniversary
cast- which includes former cast members as well as new ones- rehearses.
- March 12, 1997:
- Special 10th anniversary performance which officially premieres various
changes in text and blocking, including the addition of a scene where
Valjean meets Cosette at the well.
- Dec. 2000:
- Over the span of two nights, cuts are introduced into the show to
shorten the running time from 3 hrs 12 minutes to just under 3 hrs;
many workers have to be paid overtime when a show runs over 3 hours
so the rationale behind the cuts is to keep the show profitable- and
therefore still running- for awhile to come.
- Jan. 2001:
- Further revisions are made in the cuts.
- Jan. 25, 2002:
performance #6138, Les Mis surpasses A Chorus Line to
become the 2nd longest running show in Broadway history. To celebrate
the occasion, former cast members join the current cast to perform a
special finale of "One Day More" which segues into "One" from A Chorus
Line. Alumni on hand for the occasion include original cast members
Colm Wilkinson, Judy Kuhn, David Bryant, Jennifer Butt, and Leo Burmester.
- May 17, 2003:
- Final 2 Broadway performances that are open to the public.
- May 18, 2003:
- Performance #6680 is the final Broadway performance; a special finale is performed by alumni of the Broadway production as well as teenagers who have performed in the school edition of Les Mis.
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