By Baz Bamigboye for the Daily Mail
Published: 00:40 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 00:40 GMT, 1 November 2019
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have helped to transform what was meant to be a ‘filler’ show into one of the biggest hits in the West End.
The two stars — Ball plays Inspector Javert and Boe, Jean Valjean — lead the staged concert of Les Miserables at the Gielgud Theatre, which will have a live broadcast onto 600 cinema screens for one night only in the UK and Ireland on Monday, December 2, before being beamed later to venues in the United States.
Les Miserables opened 34 years ago as a Cameron Mackintosh production, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The impresario devised the concert version at the Gielgud when the adjoining house, the newly named Sondheim Theatre, was closing for refurbishment.
Alfie Boe (pictured as Jean Valjean) has helped to transform what was meant to be a ‘filler’ show into one of the biggest hits in the West End
The concert show will be running at the Gielgud until November 30, with the full version of Les Miserables moving back into the Sondheim on December 18.
‘I did it to have a presence for Les Miserables on Shaftesbury Avenue,’ Cameron said of the high-wattage concert that has become a hot ticket event. ‘It was a filler, for a few months.
‘I didn’t think it would have this much life,’ Mackintosh