The cast of Les Misérables has been spending time at the Dolby Theater to rehearse their performance at the Academy Awards. Reports have come out that Hugh Jackman will join his co-stars Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen to sing as a group – for the first time! – on Oscar Sunday.
A special medley is being planned, with Anne singing “I Dreamed a Dream” solo, Hugh tackling the new and nominated song “Suddenly,” and the entire cast – including Les Mis performers from the West End, Hollywood Bowl, and U.S. tour productions – to wow the audience with “One Day More.” Some pictures from yesterday’s rehearsal have been added to the gallery, with additional details from the day below:
“This is the first time the cast has actually performed onstage together. Ever. It’s fantastic,” Neil Meron, who is producing the show with Craig Zadan, told USA TODAY in between lengthy rehearsals. “That’s what the Oscars are all about. To have these sort of events. Not just the reunion of the cast, but singing together like this for the first time is very, very significant.”
And there will be no lip syncing. Just like the best-picture-nominated movie, the cast is singing live. “It really gives credence to the live singing in the movie to see them actually do it live onstage,” Meron said.
At times it was like a stage production with Hathaway wandering the stage singing seeming nonsensical voice exercises and Jackman keeping an ever-present cup of tea in his hand for his throat.
But there was time for laughter. Crowe was particularly playful, posing for a goofy picture onstage with Hathaway and pulling aside Jackman for conspiratorial whispers from which they both came away laughing. And when called to test out his microphone, Baron Cohen, a flat cap pulled over his head, began to sing the Barbra Streisand song, “I’m Just a Woman in Love.”