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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 »

Directors:

Paul Kafno, Gavin Taylor

Writers:

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

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
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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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Music

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

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SDDS
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Trivia

Lea Salonga, who plays Eponine here, later played Fantine in Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010). At the 25th anniversary, Jenny Galloway reprised her role as Madame Thénardier. 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 »

Quotes

Old Prostitute: What you think yer at? Hanging round me pitch? If you're new around here, girl you've got a lot to learn!
Lovely Lady: Listen you old bat... Crazy bloody witch... 'Least I give me customers some pleasure in return!
Old Prostitute: I know what you give! Give 'em all the pox! Spread around your poison till they end up in a box.
Pimp: Leave the poor old cow! Move it, Madeleine. She used to be no better till the clap got to her brain.
Ensemble: When's it gonna end? When we gonna live? Something's gotta happen now or something's gonna give. ...
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Alternate Versions

The VHS/DVD versions are longer than the public TV version. See more »

Connections

Version of Tempesta su Parigi (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Javert's Suicide
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Philip Quast
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Dream Cast Indeed!
27 August 2007 | by nolirizali-1See all my reviews

Drawing cast around the globe made this Les Miz concert a dream cast indeed. Lea Salonga (Eponine) and Phillip Quast (Javert) were the best singers/performers among the cast. Their respective voice qualities and stunning performances were truly amazing. They're simply the best!!! Michael Ball (Marius) was great as a singer. Wasn't quite impressed with vocal qualities of Judy Kuhn (Cosette) nor Colm Wilkinson (Valjean), however, Wilkinson did very well in acting. Ruthie Henshall (Fantine) was good but I prefer Patti Lupone's more matured, deep voice.

I've heard quite a number of Les Miz performances (either recorded or live on stage) and I would say Lea Salonga's "On My Own" and "A Little Fall of Rain" renditions were the best so far. Same credit holds true for Phillip Quast's rendition of "Stars".

I would definitely recommend this DVD as a must-have for musical fanatics...


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