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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Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball, and Alun Armstrong all reprised their roles from the Original London Cast. Colm Wilkison also reprised his role for the 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 »


Eponine: I love him, but everyday I'm learning. All my life, I've only been pretending. Without me his world will go on turning. A world that's full of happiness that I have never known.
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Version of Les Misérables (1958) See more »


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Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Chorus
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Lea Salonga's voice shines flawlessly!!!
12 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is the ultimate Les Miz. Truly a dream cast when you have Colm Wilkinson, Philip Quast, Michael Ball, and the rest of the performers on one stage at the same time. I don't know what some people were talking about when they said that Lea's performance was too "bitter". Lea performed "On My Own" straight from the heart. If she sounded bitter when the song began, it's because the lyrics needed to sound that way. When she got close to the middle, her voice became gentle because her character, Eponine, is dreaming of Marius. When the words turned to realization at the bridge, her voice became strong with a sense of regret. And I love the way she pants when the song is close to ending, we get the sense of Eponine's hopelessness. Let the crowd judge since three of her four performances all had ovations. One more standout scene was her death which made lots of Eponine fans cry. The fact that she was chosen as the definitive character despite of her ethnicity is undeniable. If she had the chance of originating the role, other performers like Frances Ruffelle would get lots of criticism for not measuring up. I recommend the video to anyone just to see Lea's scenes and lots of others like: the face/off songs of Valjean and Javert, the "One Day More" finales, and the very funny "Master of the House". Do you hear the people sing?

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