Les Misérables will soon be omniprésent. Adaptations of the 1862 French novel are coming to Broadway in 2014 (its second revival) and, quite possibly, as a Fox television show in the near future. It seems the 2012 Oscar-nominated big-screen version (starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway) rejuvenated interest in the musical.
Producer Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and writer Graham Norris will put a modern twist on their interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of redemption. As Deadline first reported, Fox has purchased their script, which will be presented as a primetime soap opera (presumably without the singing). The plot line involves a lawyer fighting an unjust conviction from the past — and helping other innocent folks — all while dealing with a U.S. attorney who can’t let the past live in the past. While there won’t be any singing or dancing, we should expect a lot romance.
The curtains will rise on the Broadway show in March 2014 at the Imperial Theatre. The original production opened on the Great White Way in 1987. Combined with the 2006 revival, there have been more than 7,000 performances of Les Misérables in New York City alone.