Les MisÚrables Film Soundtrack Will Have Dec. 26 Release
By Adam Hetrick
A single-disc highlights album of Tom Hooper's film adaptation of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Les Miserables will be released Dec. 26, according to Amazon.com.
Universal Republic is releasing the album that features live vocals recorded on set during the filming of the epic musical. As previously reported, the cast, including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Aaron Tveit, recorded all of their singing live during filming, listening to piano accompaniment through a hidden earpiece.
A 70-piece orchestra later gathered in London to record the full orchestrations that will be featured in the film and on the soundtrack.
The soundtrack is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
It has not been reported whether a fuller, deluxe edition of the Les Miserables soundtrack will be released. The film debuts Christmas Day in theatres across the world. The film does not include all of the musical recitative from the original stage production.
The movie also includes the new song "Suddenly" for Jean Valjean (Jackman) to sing. Producer Cameron Mackintosh previously told Playbill.com that the song "was something that Alain and Claude-Michel came up with, after a passage in the book, which beautifully explains what happens when [Valjean] takes Cosette from the inn and looks after her. Herbie's written a lovely lyric to it, and we're all delighted how it seems to fit into the film version."
The film stars Jackman as Valjean; Crowe as Javert; Hathaway as Fantine; Tveit as Enjolras; Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier; Amanda Seyfried as Cosette; Eddie Redmayne as Marius; Samantha Barks as Eponine; George Blagden as student Grantaire; Sacha Baron Cohen as Thenardier; and Daniel Huttlestone as child-hero Gavroche.
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