No matter how much you may have the score to the Broadway musical Les Miserables memorized, you’ll still be in for a treat when the film version of the show hits the silver screen, a new song that has been added into the show written expressly for the movie.
Written by the show’s original tunesmiths of (Claude-Michel Schonberg, Alain Boubil, and Herbert Kretzmer), the new song is entitled “Suddenly” and will be sung by Hugh Jackman in the character of Jean Valjean.
Adding new songs to a film adaption of a stage musical is nothing new. Classic musicals like Hello Dolly, Mame and Bye Bye Birdie had songs added in when translated to the big screen while more recently the film adaptions The Producers, Chicago and Nine also featured new tunes. It’s a maneuver that makes the show eligible for nomination in the “Best Original Song” Academy Award category, thus hopefully upping the film’s total potential Oscar noms and wins. It is a strategy that worked for Chicago and Nine which each earned a nomination in the category, though they both lost the Oscar itself.
The film adaption of Les Miserables is set to begin filming next month for a December release.