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Feature Ivan Radford Jan 24, 2013

In the wake of Les Misérables' success, Ivan takes a look at how the musical has reinvented itself in the modern era...

Do you hear the people sing? The refrain, bellowed by fans of Les Misérables whenever a French flag is in sight, was given a new meaning when Tom Hooper’s magnificent adaptation of the musical arrived in cinemas earlier this month. Because for the first time in years, we really could hear them - live, on camera.

It's an inspired decision by director Tom Hooper, who ignored the usual route of actors recording a track beforehand and miming for the cameras and instead gave them all an earpiece connected to a piano and told them to let their vocal chords rip.

The result? A cast full of people acting rather than lip-syncing - a raw edge often missing from studio song-fests. It's a »

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