Justin Bieber offered role in Canadian Les Miz production

Producer Cameron Mackintosh, who cast teen idol Nick Jonas as Marius in the London production of Les Miserables, admits he’s hoping to get Justin Bieber for the Toronto version. During an interview with the Toronto Star, he said, “You’re going to have a completely new, all-Canadian production opening at the Royal Alex in July 2012,” adding, “I would love to hear Justin Bieber sing ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.’ Please spread the word that he’d be more than welcome in the show.” Mackintosh says he’s reworked the musical, providing new staging and scenery, because he felt it could use a fresh design after 25 years. The new staging was inspired by paintings by Victor Hugo, the author of the 1862 book that the musical is based on.

“I was inspired to do a new version when I realized that the show was going to be 25 years old,” said Mackintosh. “You always have a different point of view on something after 25 years and just for my own sanity’s sake, I had to see it fresh again.” The Toronto production will play for a “substantial period of time” before touring Canada. A movie version of Les Miserables is also currently in the works, with filming scheduled to begin in March 2012, starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.

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  1. Katie • October 7, 2011 @ 12:10 AM

    It would definitely sell tickets, but I doubt he’d do it. The difference is that Nick Jonas started in musicals. And besides, Bieber’s voice needs to change before he can sing that role.

  2. Eb • October 7, 2011 @ 12:21 AM

    Justin Bieber, could never in a million years play Marius. His vocals are not even close to strong enough to sing a song like “empty Chairs At Empty Tables”. Nick Jonas however, has an incredible vocal ability and he started his career on Broadway. His performance was exceptional.

    I have nothing against Justin Bieber but he is just not talented enough for musicals.

  3. Mare • October 7, 2011 @ 12:33 AM

    Let him be Gavroche. He looks young enough, almost, and I’d pay to see him snuffed out at the barricades.

  4. Rock Solid • October 7, 2011 @ 3:28 AM

    Fans make stars, not ‘Haters’.
    Like it or not he is the most popular entertainer in the world.
    In only his last 4 shows he sold out 250,000 seats.
    He made over a million a week last year, so why would he
    want to freakin do a play in Toronto! Lmfao!!!

  5. Les Mis fan • October 7, 2011 @ 4:24 AM

    Justin would be great in Les Mis!

  6. Nobody Important • October 7, 2011 @ 5:24 AM

    Demi Moore really let herself go…. oh wait that’s a picture of Justin Bieber. Yikes!!

  7. JustinBieberlvr • October 7, 2011 @ 6:19 AM

    That would be pretty cool….

  8. Joe • October 7, 2011 @ 7:28 AM

    Perhaps he would be more suited for the role of little Cosette.

  9. NYTOC • October 7, 2011 @ 2:06 PM

    Is this guy serious? We’re talking about the same JB kid who called a producer a faggot for barely touching now some other producer of a famed live performance wants him to star in his “musical” which JB would simply cast as “gay”. Oh wait, the same JB kid who refused to be in Toronto for New Years eve but went to New York to drop the ball instead. Huh, what makes this producer think JB wants anything to do with Canada and its historical musical performances unless it has anything to do with gaining 15 minutes of fame like he has done on youtube? This kid doesn’t want to take the high-road, he wants the fast road to life by-passing anyone who worked years in the industry to make a name for themselves. I’m not sure how he influenced a genaretion of young women to want to go out and kill people just for bad mouthing him(which never happened in the history of other artists), but what will happen when people start criticizing his acting and theatre performances? Are those people’s lives going to be at risk from his fans too?

  10. C-Dub • October 7, 2011 @ 3:17 PM

    Who cares.

  11. AJSDH • October 7, 2011 @ 10:20 PM

    WHAT?! That loser can’t sing!!! idiots

  12. Kags • October 8, 2011 @ 1:44 AM

    LOL I swear when I saw this picture the first thing that came to my mind was “he looks like a chick”

  13. Sugars • October 8, 2011 @ 2:24 PM

    That would be awesome!

  14. Shay • October 15, 2011 @ 6:30 PM

    Les Miserables is the most sacred show in the world of theatre. Casting this child would be literal blasphemy. Over my dead body will this happen.

  15. BeesMom • December 18, 2011 @ 4:33 PM

    Oh, say it isn’t so. I want to take my daughter (10) and my mom to see Les Mis this summer. I saw it 20 years ago in Toronto. If she finds out Justin B is in it, she will NOT want to go see it. She hates him. Anyone but him. I agree, he would make a perfect Gavroche. She would cheer when the character gets killed.

    If only Colm Wilkinson would come and do the lead….

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