West End Diary – Chapter 5

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Les Miserables at the O2

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To The O2 to scope out our great allocations for the Les Miz 25th Anniversary Concerts on the 3rd of October.

Matt Lucas and Nick Jonas will be drawing huge crowds but it is the return of Lea Salonga, the original Miss Saigon, that I am most looking forward to seeing on stage again

Miss Saigon opened at The Theatre Royal Drury lane on September 21, 1989, and ran ten years, doubling the previous record set by My Fair Lady

Coincidentally, the Producer of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Cameron Mackintosh, had been a stagehand and cleaner at Drury Lane before going becoming an Assistant Stage Manager on the tour of Oliver!
Spookily, it was Oliver!, in part, that inspired Alain Boublil and Claude Michel Shonberg to write Les Miserables (before going on to write Miss Saigon)

And amazingly, Cameron Mackintosh was producing My Fair Lady in London when he received the tape of Les Miz
…small world, eh!

Cameron played the tapes to the director of My Fair Lady, Alan Jay Lerner (who had written the book and lyrics for the show) and asked him what he thought of it.

Lerner’s two-word reply was: “Buy it.”

And for twenty-five years, audiences around the world have been doing just that
38 countries
21 languages
54 million hearts beating as one

“Do you hear the people sing?”
Wherever you are on the 3rd of October, I GUARANTEE you will!

PS
If you cannot make it to The O2, Superbreak have great packages available for the Anniversary Production at The Barbican and the Original Production at The Queens
PSS
If you have never seen Les Miz, you have one hell of a great night in store

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