Susan Boyle helped boost Les Miserables
The appeal of Les Miserables was boosted by Susan Boyle's decision to sing a track from the show, according to Sir Cameron Mackintosh.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the man who helped to put the show on the West End stage 25 years ago said that until Boyle sang the track I Dreamed A Dream during her Britain's Got Talent audition, the musical had not had a hit song.
"Her connection with the material was quite extraordinary. There was something in the lyric and something autobiographical in that song that she released, and she took the public imagination with it," Mackintosh told the news source.
He added that although the show had been enjoying success prior to her performance, he believes it helped to "reawaken" the affection that people have for the musical.
A special anniversary show was held at London's O2 Arena on Saturday (October 3rd), with footage being broadcast live to cinemas around the world.
By Jemma Howard