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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 »


Paul Kafno, Gavin Taylor


Alain Boublil (book), Claude-Michel Schönberg (book) (as Claude-Michel Schonberg) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Wilkinson ... Valjean
Philip Quast ... Javert
Ruthie Henshall ... Fantine
Jenny Galloway ... Madame Thénardier
Alun Armstrong ... Thénardier
Lea Salonga ... Eponine
Michael Ball ... Marius
Michael Maguire Michael Maguire ... Enjolras
Judy Kuhn ... Cosette
Anthony Crivello ... Grantaire
Adam Searles Adam Searles ... Gavroche
Hannah Chick Hannah Chick ... Young Cosette
Cameron Mackintosh ... Himself
John Cameron John Cameron ... Himself
Herbert Kretzmer Herbert Kretzmer ... Himself


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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UK | France



Release Date:

1 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Michael Maguire won the 1987 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Featured Actor in a Musical for "Les Miserables" as Enjolras and recreated his role in this production. 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 »


[Fantine has become a prostitute to support her daughter Cosette]
Fantine: Come on Captain, you can wear your shoes! Don't it make a change to have a girl who can refuse? Easy money, lying on a bed... Just as well they never see the hate that's in your head! Don't they know they're making love to one already dead?
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Alternate Versions

The DVD omits the preview and everything between "Finale" and the 17 Valjeans from around the world. 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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You will be spellbound.
1 July 2000 | by ginnersSee all my reviews

I have seen the musical live twice and I am still spellbound by how powerful this concert is on video. Phillip Quast is just fantastic - especially when he sings his final song before he dies. There is such force and passion in his voice. The other thing that makes this video performance memorable is that you get to see the reactions from the cast members towards each other's numbers; it's great to see THEM enjoying the show so much.I just wish I could have been there!

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