At the end of May, theatre fans were treated to an all new trailer for the highly-anticipated LES MIS film, dominated by Anne Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from her role as Fantine. Now Hathaway is speaking out about what is was like to play the iconic role. On singing "I Dreamed a Dream," she told NY Magazine: "I apparently looked like I was ready to face the guillotines. They just kept telling me and the cast to ignore the iconic nature of Les Miz and of the song. I had to sing it as if it had never been sung or heard before."
Hathaway also revealed that her mother starred in the show when she was young. She added: "She actually covered Fantine and went on the national tour, so it was a really big part of my childhood."
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LES MISERABLES will come to the big screen on December 14th.
Hugh Jackman is currently playing the role of Jean Valjean in the upcoming Les Misérables film. The movie, under the direction of Tom Hooper will also star Sacha Baron Cohen as Thernardier, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Samantha Barks as Eponine, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier. Original stage stars Colm Wilkinson, Frances Ruffelle and more will reprise their roles from the London production.
Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004. When LES MISÉRABLES celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by "Cats" in London's West End. In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.
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