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Les Misérables in Concert 

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 <gillease@scf.usc.edu>

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Contrary to what some believed, Frances Ruffelle revealed in an August 1, 2010 interview with Elizabeth Sanderson of the Daily Mail's "Femail" section that she was never asked to reprise her role as Eponine in this concert. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Jean Valjean: One day more. Another day, another destiny, this never-ending road to Calvary. These men who seem to know my crime will surely come a second time. One day more.
Marius: I did not live until today. How can I live when we are parted?
Jean Valjean: One day more.
MariusCosette: Tomorrow, you'll be worlds away, and yet with you, my world has started.
Eponine: One more day all on my own.
MariusCosette: Will we ever meet again?
Eponine: One more day of him not caring.
MariusCosette: I was born to be with you.
Eponine: What a life I might have known.
MariusCosette: And I swear, I will be true.
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Version of Your Show Time: The Bishop's Experiment (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

A Little Fall of Rain
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Lea Salonga and Michael Ball
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1 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

What can I say that hasn't been said already. This concert performance of Les Miserables is simply superb and one of my personal favourite performances of any musical to date. The story and characters are vivid and the music is magnificent and one of those musicals where there isn't a single bad tune, Stars, Bring Him Home, On My Own and Empty Chairs and Empty Tables always had the most impact on me.

The performance is shot excellently, and while not the most visually appealing of all Les Miserables the settings and costuming are appropriate. The orchestral playing and conducting are superb too, and the performances are faultless. Michael Maguire and Judy Kuhn mayn't be completely ideal age-wise but I can forgive that when I hear how well they act and sing.

Michael Ball's Empty Chairs and Empty Tables is heart-wrenching, Lea Salonga is a lovely Eponine(though I couldn't help thinking that Kuhn would have been better suited while Salonga sang Cosette, but it doesn't hurt the performance at all) and Alun Armstrong is perfectly cast and very funny. Colm Wilkisnon is an expressive and dynamic Valjean, complete with a very moving rendition of Bring Him Home. Phillip Quast is superb as Javert, conveying his harshness as well as making him a sympathetic figure. Stars is also a contender for the best rendition of the performance, it was very commanding and magnificently sung.

Overall, a superb Les Miserables. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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