Valjean’s New Song Has a Title

Playbill.com asked, and Cameron Mackintosh answered. After Hugh tweeted that the new Les Miserables song would be for Jean Valjean, a lot of other questions popped up, namely: where in the story would it fit in? The new song, entitled “Suddenly,” expands more on the relationship between Valjean and Cosette, as Makintosh clarified in the quote below. You may also want to check out the source, as there’s more information about the production of the upcoming film.

“Well, he did warn us he was going to Tweet,” Mackintosh told Playbill.com on Feb. 8. “He didn’t hear the song until yesterday when he went through it with Claude-Michel.”

Written by the stage hit’s original songwriting team of Schönberg, Alain Boublil and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer, the new number is called “Suddenly,” the producer revealed.

“It’s a really lovely new song,” Mackintosh said by telephone from London, where the film, directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper, is in rehearsal before shooting starts in March. “It was something that Alain and Claude-Michel came up with, after a passage in the book, which beautifully explains what happens when [Valjean] takes Cosette from the inn and looks after her. Herbie’s written a lovely lyric to it, and we’re all delighted how it seems to fit into the film version.

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