In its opening holiday week, Les Miserables, Tom Hooper's Oscar-contending adaption of the hit Broadway musical has already grossed $40 million, with strong returns expected headed into the "holiday sandwich" weekend.
Such numbers inevitably lead some to pronounce the return of the big-screen musical!
Meanwhile, another big-screen musical, Hair (1979) hits the big screen today at The Plaza for a weeklong revival.
How do the two period films measure up?
Hair stars John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo and Nell Carter. Les Miz stars Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe.
Advantage: Les Miz
Hair is helmed by Oscar-winner Miloš Forman. Les Miz is directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper.
While Hooper deserves credit for his role behind such successful television projects as "John Adams," and "Prime Suspect," as well as BBC stalwart "EastEnders," his cinematic résumé just doesn't measure up to Forman's whose work includes Czech New Wave milestones like Loves of a Blonde and Fireman's Ball, as well as bona fide classics like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, Man on the Moon and the People vs. Larry Flynt.
Hair features "Aquarius," "Sodomy," "White Boys," and "Let the Sunshine In." Les Miz boasts live on-the-set singing of show-stoppers like "I Dreamed a Dream," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," and "Do You Hear the People Sing?"
TIE-BREAKER - Hair:
In Hair, they grow hair. In Les Miz, they grow and cut hair.
Advantage: Les Miz
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