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"Les Miserables" will soon be returning Broadway home again. Musical producer Cameron Mackintosh announced on Tuesday that the national tour of the critically acclaimed musical based on 19th-century life in France will stop on Broadway in March 2014 at Shubert theater, CBS News reported.
The announcement comes after the tremendous success of the film adaptation directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne. The film has been nominated for several awards, including eight Academy Awards. The musical, which the film is based on, is in turn based on the 1862 book by author Victor Hugo.
According to CBS, the stop represents the third time the show has made it to Broadway. It first landed in 1987 and went on to play over 6,600 performances, earning the third spot as longest-running musical in Broadway history. The show attempted a revival in 2006 but closed two years later.
"What we're counting on is that people who loved the movie will not really want to see 'Les Misérables' on stage, and allow people who loved the original music were swept up by the film and say, 'I can't wait for another chance to see it onstage again,'" Makintosh told the New York Times.
The show's producer acknowledged to the Times that his earlier Broadway revival was too soon after the original closed. Mackintosh said, "In hindsight I wish I hadn't done that, because coming back to New York in 2014 would be much more exciting without the last revival."
CBS News reported that the show, which features such songs as "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Do You Hear the People Sing?," has been seen by close to 65 million worldwide in 42 countries and in 22 languages.
The 2014 Broadway revival will include music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and additional material by James Fenton. Unlike the previous two installments of the musical, this "Les Misérables" will not include a revolving turntable, the Times reported.
The national tour of "Les Misérables" was launched in November 2010 and has played in 64 cities throughout North America, CBS reported. Tickets for the show's stop in Broadway have no gone on sale yet.