While most of the score for the film version of Les Miserables is what lovers of the musical will know from the stage, there’s one new song that’s been added for the movie – ‘Suddenly’. Now a featurette has popped up all about the song, which was written by the creators of the original musical, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. The featurette has people talking through most of it, but it does let us hear parts of the Hugh Jackman sung ditty.
The featurette is largely about the director, writer and producer telling us all about why this new tune was a necessary addition, although many will be wondering whether they’re protesting a little too much. Many people feel the only reason to add a fresh song is so that the film is eligible for the Best Original Song Oscar, which is only open to new music written specifically for a film. It’s a strategy that’s worked before, such as the movie version of Evita picking up the award for the new song ‘You Must Love Me’.
Whether it’s needed or not, you can take a bit of a listen to ‘Suddenly’ above.