The U.K.'s New Year's Honors List has been announced. Apart from the fact that more women than men have been honored for the first time ever, it is notable for some worthy ladies and gentlemen of the arts. A good batch in the main, this year.
We always knew it would happen. The famous helicopter in the musical (actually, it's a through-sung rock opera, but let's not quibble) 'Miss Saigon' is set to land again in London--along with the rest of the show, in a new production. The occasion is the 25th anniversary of the original and will reunite several of the original team, notably producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, and composer and lyricist Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. The cast is mostly new, with one or two returnees and promotions.
The soundtrack to the big screen adaption of Broadway musical "Les Miserables" topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, edging out British folk rockers Mumford & Sons.