Then we get to the film and Tom Hooper's (The King's Speech) cinematic vision to transform the musical to the screen. Readers are taken into the filming, the casting, and the brave choice of having the actors sing "live" rather than in a studio.
The book is filled with hundreds of photographs and images that will take days and weeks of enjoyment to appreciate. But even better are the surprises that await readers as they flip through the book. Starting with the inside and outside flaps of this hardcover volume, readers will be delighted with "extras" hidden within flaps and envelopes scattered throughout, containing 20 items of Les Miz memorabilia, including posters, program extracts, original stage and costume design sketches, scene drawings and set designs for the film, call sheets, and much more.
For the Les Miz fan, whether a devotee of the stage play or a fan of the 2013 film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne, this book could well be called the Holy Grail of Les Miserables love. It is, indeed, a "must have."
Due out in April, Les Miz rables: From Stage to Screen is published by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group.