"In Dallas and Hong Kong: "Do you hear the people sing? Thénardier, Gareth Gates as Marius, Katie Hall as Cosette, Samara Clarke as Young Cosette, Jon Robyns as Enjolras, and Rosalind James as Éponine. In return, he asks Enjolras to allow him to be the one to execute the imprisoned Javert, which Enjolras grants. The Broadway production opened 12 March 1987 and ran until 18 May 2003, closing after 6,680 performances. The ensemble consisted of Becca Ayers, Daniel Bogart (Combeferre/Bamatabois), Justin Bohon (Joly/Major Domo), Kate Chapman, Nikki Renee Daniels, Karen Elliott (Old Woman/Innkeeper's Wife), Blake Ginther (Feuilly), J.D. A film adaptation was in development at several times since the late 1980s. [2][3] Public opinion differed: the box office received record orders. [106] The Australian revival production transferred to Manila, Philippines in March 2016, becoming an international tour. It now ended with the line, "This I swear by the stars! The show has been produced in forty-two countries and translated into twenty-one languages: English, French (re-translated from the English version[clarification needed]), German (Austria and Germany), Spanish (six versions: two from Spain, two from Mexico, one from Argentina, and one from Venezuela), Japanese, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk), Polish, Swedish (in Sweden and in Finland), Dutch (Netherlands and Belgium), Danish, Finnish, Brazilian Portuguese, Estonian, Czech, Mauritian Creole, Basque, Catalan and Korean. Javert returns to the barricade, searching for Valjean amongst the bodies, and finds the open sewer grating. All parts were sung live, giving the performance a different mood from other recording. Having seen many shows brilliantly reimagined at Signature I have no doubt that Eric and his team will come up with a revolutionary new take on Les Miz unlike anything anyone has seen before. Student revolutionaries who lead a revolution and die in the process, the Friends of the ABC become martyrs for the rights of citizens. There are also various non-English language cast albums of the musical. Valjean gives Cosette a letter confessing his troubled past and the truth about her mother. In many performances, Grantaire is very close to Gavroche and attempts to act as his protector. [61] On 30 August 2015, Karimloo ended his run of the show and was replaced by Alfie Boe. A Streetcar Named Desire Julius Caesar … [120][121], A 2014 production at the Dallas Theater Center modernized the staging in a way rarely attempted in productions of this play, set visually in the modern-day United States rather than 1830s France. Valjean carries Marius through the sewers but collapses in exhaustion. [citation needed], Les Miserables Reviews Box Office Theatre Ltd. Retrieved 12 July 2016, This article is about the musical theatre production. Javert makes a vow to the stars – which represent his belief in a just and ordered universe where suffering is a punishment for sin – that he will find Valjean and recapture him ("Stars"). Feuilly is the only member of the Friends of the ABC who is not a student; he is a workingman. [9] A film version directed by Tom Hooper was released at the end of 2012 to generally positive reviews as well as numerous awards nominations, winning three Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and four British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). This production had a cast that presented five shows a week in French and three a week in English. Cameron Mackintosh once again produced the show. Former London Valjean Phil Cavill reprised his role alongside Les Misérables veteran Michael McCarthy as Javert. Best friends with Joly. Aaron Tveit is confirmed to join the cast...", "Week Ending Jan. 6, 2013. An eternal survivor, Thénardier is above nothing and below everything. [99], The cast for the tour's second year featured Dean Chisnall (Jean Valjean), Nic Greenshields (Javert), Katie Hall (Fantine), Frances Mayli McCann (Éponine), Charlie Burn (Cosette), Felix Mosse (Marius), Ian Hughes (Thénardier), Helen Walsh (Madame Thénardier) and Barnaby Hughes (Enjolras). Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. After 19 years in prison (five for stealing bread for his sister's starving son and her family, and the rest for trying to escape), Jean Valjean, "prisoner 24601,” is released on parole by the prison guard Javert. Its English-language adaptation by producer Cameron Mackintosh has been running in London since October 1985, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world after the original Off-Broadway run of The Fantasticks. 1:28. [22][23], On 4 December 1985, the show transferred to the Palace Theatre, London and moved again on 3 April 2004, to the smaller Queens Theatre, now called the Sondheim Theatre, with some revisions of staging. Les Miserables Email Alerts. A five-track album featuring members of the UK national tour was released in 1992 and includes "I Dreamed a Dream" (Ria Jones); "Stars" (Philip Quast); "On My Own" (Meredith Braun); "Bring Him Home" (Jeff Leyton); and "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" (Mike Sterling). | The concert was staged by Ken Caswell and conducted by David Charles Abell. 'There are things that nobody had time to do in London, and here we have a wonderful opportunity to fix a few things. On 23 July 2007, Sarich took over the role of Valjean, following Gemignani's departure. Release Dates In September 2008, it was performed at the St John Loveridge Hall in Guernsey with a cast of West End performers—the first time that it had been professionally performed on the Island where Victor Hugo wrote the novel. "Beggars at the Feast", is shortened, with Thénardier losing a verse, and the song before it, "Wedding Chorale", is excluded entirely although the rest of the wedding remains in place. The cast featured Killian Donnelly (Jean Valjean), Nic Greenshields (Javert), Katie Hall (Fantine), Tegan Bannister (Éponine), Bronwen Hanson (Cosette), Harry Apps (Marius), Martin Ball (Thénardier), Sophie-Louise Dann (Madame Thénardier) and Will Richardson (Enjolras). "Dog Eats Dog" by Thénardier is heavily truncated. The majority is performed in recitative style; the vocalists use natural speech, not musical metrics.[21]. The Dubai production features John Owen-Jones as Valjean, Hayden Tee as Javert, Patrice Tipoki as Fantine, Peter Polycarpou as Thénardier, Jodie Prenger as Madame Thénardier, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Éponine, Alistair Brammer as Enjolras, Emily Langridge as Cosette, and Paul Wilkins as Marius.[111]. She intercepts a letter that the Thénardiers have sent to Fantine which exposes her as the mother of an illegitimate child, and the Factory Girl shows it to the Foreman, goading him into firing her. [124], The school edition cuts a considerable amount of material from the original show. Thénardier, Barry James as Thénardier, Kaho Shimada as Éponine, Ross McCall as Gavroche, Michael Ball as Marius, Anthony Warlow as Enjolras, Tracy Shayne as Cosette and Marissa Dunlop as Young Cosette.[148]. Featuring a cast and orchestra of over 65, the 16-week concert run starred Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thénardier. Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle reprised their roles from the London production. Helpful. Suggestions Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. According to Boublil, "I could begin work on the words. From September through October, the show returned to the Barbican Centre, London, site of the original 1985 production. '"[36] Two songs were deleted—the complete version of Gavroche's song "Little People" and the adult Cosette's "I Saw Him Once". Venues on the tour included the Stockholm Globe Arena, Oslo Spektrum, the Helsinki Hartwell Areena, and the Gothenburg Scandinavium, with audiences totalling over 150,000 for the complete tour. Television adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, which follows Jean Valjean as he evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert. When she fights back against an abusive customer, Bamatabois, Javert, now a police inspector stationed in Montreuil-sur-Mer, arrives to arrest her. Check the latest film times for Les Misérables: The Staged Concert now showing at your nearest Showcase. The Original London Cast recording was the first English language album of the musical. Thénardier on 24 April 2007. [citation needed]. [1] However, the production closed after three months due to the expiry of the booking contract. Directed by Ladj Ly. The stage show, which had changed so significantly since its Parisian conception as a stadium concert in 1980, was translated back into the language of Victor Hugo for its French world première in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1991. His acts of kindness move Valjean to surrender his ways to God, escaping the label of "criminal" and living in a new identity. As with the original recordings, however, they differed from the stage versions by excluding some songs (e.g., those vital to plot such as "Fantine's Arrest" and "The Runaway Cart" were kept, while unnecessary or complex songs, such as "At the Barricade", were left out). Valjean meets Cosette while she's on an errand drawing water and offers the Thénardiers payment to adopt her ("The Bargain"). The French army arrives at the barricade and demands that the students surrender ("At the Barricade"). The standard orchestration for the 2009 U.K. tour of Les Misérables consisted of: Alain Boublil's initial idea to adapt Victor Hugo's novel into a musical came while at a performance of the musical Oliver! In March 2009, the Guernsey production was remounted at Fort Regent in Jersey; and in July 2009, the musical was performed in concert at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Minor changes included colourful projections blended into its existing lighting design, and a proscenium that extended out into the first two boxes on either side of the stage. Enjolras attempts to comfort Marius, who is heartbroken over the death of his best friend. [32], The show was forced to close temporarily from March 16, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alan Parker was reported to be connected to an adaptation at an early stage. The 2014 Broadway revival was nominated for 3 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Karimloo, and Best Sound Design for Potter. Based on the novel by VICTOR HUGO Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHÖNBERG Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER Original French Text by ALAIN BOUBLIL and JEAN-MARC NATEL.Seen by over 120 million people worldwide, LES … The official website for the stage production of Les Misérables. The part of Jean Valjean was played by Michael Ball – the original 1985 London and 1995 Dream Cast Marius – and the part of Javert was played by Michael McCarthy. Thénardier, Lea Salonga as Éponine, Adam Searles as Gavroche, Hannah Chick as Young Cosette, Michael Ball as Marius, Michael Maguire as Enjolras, Judy Kuhn as Cosette and Anthony Crivello as Grantaire. In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. A fight breaks out, and the foreman and other workers use the incident as a pretence to fire Fantine ("At the End of the Day"). The concert was directed by Laurence Connor & James Powell and conducted by David Charles Abell. The tour cast featured John Owen-Jones as Valjean, Earl Carpenter as Javert, Gareth Gates as Marius, Ashley Artus as Thénardier, Lynne Wilmot as Madame Thénardier, Madalena Alberto as Fantine, Rosalind James as Éponine, Jon Robyns as Enjolras, Katie Hall as Cosette (with Samara Clarke as Young Cosette), and David Lawrence as the Bishop of Digne. The Foreman fires Fantine from the factory when she persists in resisting his overt sexual advances and because it is discovered that she is the mother of an illegitimate child (Cosette) living elsewhere. The creative team included Matt Kinley as Scenic Designer, Ken Billington as Lighting Designer, Peter Fitzgerald and Erich Bechtel as Sound Designers, Zachary Borovay as Projection Designer, and Dan Riddle as Musical Director and Conductor. [37] A New York Times report consisted of the following: "The transfer from London to the United States has prompted further modifications. When the New York production closed in 2003, the Third National Tour continued for another three years, and enjoyed the influx of many members from the original and subsequent New York companies. Éponine walks the streets of Paris alone, imagining that Marius is there with her, but laments that her love for Marius will never be reciprocated ("On My Own"). The Bishop tells Valjean that he must use the silver "to become an honest man" and that he has "bought (Valjean's) soul for God" ("Valjean Arrested, Valjean Forgiven"). ", while the London production and cast recording ended with the repeated line, "Keeping watch in the night". Cosette dreams of a life with a mother where she is not forced to work and is treated lovingly ("Castle on a Cloud"). [40] It was surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera in 2006. This was the third time of watching Les Miserables and it was the best experience yet. Thénardier suddenly recognises Valjean, but before they can finish the robbery, Javert, now an inspector stationed in Paris, comes to the rescue ("The Robbery"). [8] The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, at that time a record number, of which it won eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. He orders Javert to release her and takes her to a hospital ("Fantine's Arrest"). A group of prisoners work at hard labor ("Prologue: Work Song"). A short summary of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Les Misérables.