PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, May 25-31: Soul Doctor Moves to Broadway, Revivals Abound and Neil Patrick Harris Hosts Another Awards Show

By Robert Simonson
31 May 2013

Alan Cumming
Broadway is apparently so wanting of ideas for new shows that it has taken to reviving the only recently departed.

Les Misérables, which has already paid one false farewell to the Great White Way, closing in 2003 only to return for a 14-month run in 2006, is on its way back again!

Producer Cameron Mackintosh announced May 30 that his 25th-anniversary, re-imagined production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's musical will return to the Imperial Theatre—the show's home on Broadway for nearly 13 years of its original 16-year run—on March 1, 2014.

The new staging will feature fresh scenic and narrative elements and new orchestrations. It will be directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with a design by Matt Kinley that was inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Les Misérables is currently playing on tour across North America.

Meanwhile, co-directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall have been busying themselves getting their famous, environmental revival of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret back on its feet. The production bowed on Broadway to much acclaim in 1998 and stayed there until 2004.

Mendes and Marshall have induced Alan Cumming to return as the Master of Ceremonies, a role that made the Scot famous and won him a Tony. As for Sally Bowles, ubiquitous film star Emma Stone had previously been reported as a contender. But, according to The New York Times this week, Stone will not be taking part in the venture.

(Representatives for the Roundabout Theatre Company could not confirm details of the revival, or Mendes' and Marshall's attachment, to