Miserable anniversary for cast

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 October, 1996, 12:00am

Happy anniversary. Now clean out your dressing room.

That was the word from the directors and producer of the long-running Broadway musical Les Miserables to the show's cast, The New York Times said yesterday.

The actors were told that most of them would be replaced in time for a new cast to give its first performance on March 12 - the 10th anniversary of the show's opening night on Broadway.

The sweeping change was aimed at freshening a production that co-director John Caird said had become tired.

Twelve cast members were told they would not be invited back, nine were asked to return and nine were asked to audition for parts, the newspaper said.

Alan Eisenberg, the executive secretary of Equity, said the union was investigating whether the changes violated contracts.

Since it opened at the Imperial Theatre in 1987, Les Miserables has been seen by about six million people and has taken in more than US$250 million (HK$1.93 billion) at the box office.

The present company will give its final performance on January 26.