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Without Susan Boyle, the Les Miserables movie might never have happened, according to theater producer Cameron Mackintosh. Mackintosh, who spearheaded the global Les Miz phenomenon (and is one of the film’s producers), says Boyle’s enormous worldwide success after wowing Britain’s Got Talent with her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” in 2009 had a lot to do with the movie getting made.

“The show was doing pretty well at the time, but it suddenly had a real kick into it,” says Mackintosh. “I could see a whole pile of new people who wouldn’t necessarily have thought to »

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