Great Performances: Season 24, Episode 10

Les Misérables in Concert (1 Mar. 1996)

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The story of the fall and redemption of Jean Valjean, arrested for stealing some bread for his starving family. In prison he's constantly bothered by the hard-nosed lawman Javert. Valjean ... See full summary »


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The story of the fall and redemption of Jean Valjean, arrested for stealing some bread for his starving family. In prison he's constantly bothered by the hard-nosed lawman Javert. Valjean is paroled, but runs away and becomes the mayor of a small town. He meets a dying woman named Fantine and swears to raise her daughter. Javert catches up to him, but Valjean escapes. The daughter, Cosette, grows up and falls in love with Marius, a student. An ill-fated, student-led revolution makes the mother of all climaxes for this beauty of a production. And the end with the 50 or so Valjeans is pretty impressive! Written by Kevin Gillease <>

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Michael Maguire and Judy Kuhn both reprise their roles from the original Broadway cast. See more »


In the beginning of the show, after Valjean sings the line "took the silver, took my flight" there's a brief shot of the soldier/policeman stepping up to the mic. However, in that shot you can see Grantaire standing to the soldier's right, demonstrating that that shot was taken from later in the show, when the soldier is actually about to sing the line "you at the barricade listen to this". See more »


Jean Valjean: It's you Javert! I knew you wouldn't wait too long. The faithful servant at his post once more! This man's done no wrong, and he needs a doctor's care!
Javert: I warned you I would not give in. I won't be swayed!
Jean Valjean: Another hour yet, and then I'm yours, and all our debts are paid!
Javert: The man of mercy comes again, and talks of justice!
Jean Valjean: Come, time is running short. Look down, Javert, he's standing in his grave! Give way, Javert! There is a life to save!
Javert: Take him, Valjean, before I change my mind! I will be ...
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Version of The Bishop's Candlesticks (1913) See more »


Drink with Me
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Michael Ball and Chorus
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better than any other musical! and blows Les Mis movies (especially Neeson's) out of the water!
31 August 2002 | by (Perryopolis, PA USA) – See all my reviews

I never thought I would like Broadway music. I was kind of iffy when I got the International Cast's Highlights for Christmas. I only listened to a few songs. Then I got interested, and saw the 10th anniversary concert on PBS. I was spellbound. Since then I have adored Broadway, but this one has always been and will always be my favorite. I am not drawn to any other musical the way I am to this story of justice, duty, love, redemption, and revolution. If you are a fan of Hugo's book, see it, if you are a fan of Broadway, see it, if you want to see a powerful story in song, see it.

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