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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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 »

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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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Madame Thenardier: Now look who's here! The little madam herself! Pretending once again she's been 'so awfully good.' Better not let me catch you slacking! Better not catch my eye! Ten rotten francs your mother sends me! What is that going to buy? Now take that pail, my little 'Mademoiselle' And go and draw some water from the well! We should never have taken you in in the first place how stupid the things that we do! Like mother like daughter, the scum of the street. Still here, Cosette? Your tears will do you ...
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Version of Los miserables (1943) See more »

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I Dreamed A Dream
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Ruthie Henshall
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A Profoundly Moving Experience
18 July 1999 | by (Saint Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

This dream cast production was a masterpiece! Even though I have not seen the actual production live, I do not think it could be more profound and moving than this. To see and hear the emotion portrayed by the characters as they sing their pieces was excellent, and then to hear the climatic ending as supported by the huge choir was even better. I would highly recommend this for any lover of music. Even if you are a die-hard Andrew Lloyd Webber fan, you cannot help but be moved by this performance. Excellent!!!


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