LES MISERABLES: FROM STAGE TO SCREEN Hardcover Tie-in Book Announced

It has been 150 years since Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables was first published. However, for the last 25 or so, the poignant saga of Jean Valjean, a villain to some but a savior to others, set in France during the early years of the 19th century, has become one of the world's most popular musicals and is about to become one of the must-see movies of 2013.

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In Les Misérables: From Stage to Screen, the reader can find out how the musical came to life – the trials and tribulations of turning it from the initial concept into a thrilling musical extravaganza – and how the new film version starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe and directed by the Oscar-winning Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) has emerged from the show that has been seen by over 55 million people worldwide.

To bring this fascinating story to life, the book also contains at least 15 facsimiles that highlight key moments in the creation of Les Misérables, both on stage and on the screen, including:

• Original costume sketches
• Annotated scripts
• Original music scores and librettos
• Film screenplay extracts and anniversary mementos

Price $45.00 (US)
96 pages, Hardcover
Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Author: Benedict Nightingale
Author: Martyn Palmer
Release Date: 04/16/2013

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

In December 2012, the world’s longest-running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper’s sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo’s epic tale. With international superstars and beloved songs–including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More” and “On My Own”–Les Misérables, the show of shows, is now reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime.

Tom Hooper (Academy Award winner for The King's Speech) directs Les Miserables off a script penned by William Nicholson with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. Hugh Jackman stars Jean Valjean with Russell Crowe as his antagonist Inspector Javert. Anne Hathaway plays Fantine alongside Amanda Seyfried as her daughter Cosette. Tony Award winner Eddie Redmayne stars as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Samantha Barks as Éponine, with Sacha Baron Cohen as Monsieur Thenardier and Helena Bonham Carter as his wife. Les Misérables is scheduled for theatrical release on December 25th, 2012.