The Story
Les Miserables
Book
ALAIN BOUBLIL & CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG

Music
CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG

Lyrics
HERBERT KRETZMER

Original French Lyrics
ALAIN BOUBLIL & JEAN-MARC NATEL

Additional Material
JAMES FENTON

Adaptation
JOHN CAIRD & TREVOR NUNN
This international smash-hit based on Victor Hugo's novel may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, but is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary Marius who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter Cossette.

PHOTOS
Various Productions
2014 Broadway Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Ramin Karimloo leads the 2014 Broadway revival company in a performance of "One Day More!" on the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
I Dreamed a Dream
Lea Salonga
25th Anniversary Concert

THE STORY

ACT ONE

1815, DIGNE. Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by law, display condemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop of Digne treats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by the police, and is astonished when the Bishop lies to the police to save him, also giving him two precious candlesticks. Valjean decides to start his life anew.

1823, MONTREUIL-SUR-MER. Eight years have passed and Valjean, having broken his parole and changed his name to Monsieur Madeline, has risen to become both a factory owner and Mayor. One of his workers, Fantine, has a secret illegitimate child. When the other women discover this, they demand her dismissal. The foreman, whose advances she has rejected, throws her out.

Desperate for money to pay for medicines for her daughter, Fantine sells her locket, her hair, and then joins the whores in selling herself. Utterly degraded by her new trade, she gets into a fight with a prospective customer and is about to be taken to prison by Javert when 'The Mayor' arrives and demands that she be taken to the hospital instead.

The Mayor then rescues a man pinned down by a runaway cart. Javert is reminded of the abnormal strength of the convict 24601 Jean Valjean, a parole breaker whom he has been tracking for years but whom, he says, has just been recaptured. Valjean, unable to see an innocent man go to prison in his place, confesses to the court that he is prisoner 24601.

At the hospital, Valjean promises the dying Fantine to find and look after her daughter Cosette. Javert arrives to arrest him, but Valjean escapes.

1823, MONTFERMEIL. Cosette has been lodged for five years with the Thenardiers who run an inn, horribly abusing the little girl who they use as a skivvy while indulging in their own daughter, Eponine. Valjean finds Cosette fetching water in the dark. He pays the Thenardiers to let him take Cosette away and takes her to Paris. But Javert is still on his tail.

1832, PARIS. Nine years later, there is a great unrest in the city because of the likely demise of the popular leader General Lamarque, the only man left in the Government who shows any feeling for the poor. The urchin Gavroche is in his element mixing with the whores and beggars of the capital. Among the street-gangs is the one led by Thenardier and his wife which sets upon Jean Valjean and Cosette. They are rescued by Javert, who does not recognize Valjean until he has made good his escape. The Thenardier's daughter, Eponine, who is secretly in love with the student Marius, reluctantly agrees to help him find Cosette, with whom he has fallen in love.

At a political meeting in a small cafe, a group of idealistic students prepare for the revolution they are sure will erupt on the death of General Lamarque. When Gavroche brings news of the General's death, the students, led by Enjolras, stream out into the streets to whip up popular support. Only Marius is distracted by thoughts of the mysterious Cosette.

Cosette is consumed by thoughts of Marius, with whom she has fallen in love. Valjean realizes that his 'daughter' is changing very quickly but refuses to tell her anything of her past. In spite of her own feelings for Marius, Eponine sadly brings him to Cosette and then prevents an attempt by her father's gang to rob Valjean's house. Valjean, convinced it was Javert lurking outside his house, tells Cosette they must prepare to flee the country.

On the eve of the revolution, the students and Javert see the situation from different viewpoints; Cosette and Marius part in despair of ever meeting again; Eponine mourns the loss of Marius; and Valjean looks forward to the security of exile. The Thenardiers, meanwhile, dream of rich pickings underground from the chaos to come.


ACT TWO

The students prepare to build the barricade. Marius, noticing that Eponine has joined the insurrection, sends her with a letter to Cosette, which is intercepted at the Rue Plumet by Valjean. Eponine decides, despite what he has said to her, to rejoin Marius at the barricade.

The barricade is built and the revolutionaries defy an army warning that they must give up or die. Gavroche exposes Javert as a police spy. In trying to return to the barricade, Eponine is shot and killed. Valjean arrives at the barricade in search of Marius. He is given the chance to kill Javert but instead lets him go.

The students settle down for a night on the barricade and in the quiet of the night, Valjean prays to God to save Marius from the onslaught which is to come. The next day, with ammunition running low, Gavroche runs out to collect more and is shot. The rebels are all killed, including their leader Enjolras.

Valjean escapes into the sewers with the unconscious Marius. After meeting Thenardier, who is robbing the corpses of the rebels, he emerges into the light only to meet Javert once more. He pleads for time to deliver the young man to the hospital. Javert decides to let him go and, his unbending principles of justice shattered by Valjean's own mercy, he kills himself by throwing himself into the river.

A number of Parisian women come to terms with the failed insurrection and its victims. Unaware of the identity of his rescuer, Marius recovers in Cosette's care. Valjean confesses the truth of his past to Marius and insists that after the young couple are married, he must go away rather than taint the sanctity and safety of their union.

At Marius and Cosette's wedding, the Thenardiers try to blackmail Marius. Thenardier says that Cosette's 'father' is a murderer and as proof produces a ring which he stole from the corpse in the sewers the night the barricade fell. It is Marius' own ring and he realizes it was Valjean who rescued him that night. He and Cosette go to Valjean where Cosette learns for the first time her own history before the old man dies, joining the spirits of Fantine, Eponine and all those who died on the barricade.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH
Direction LAURENCE CONNOR & JAMES POWELL
Musical Staging MICHAEL ASHFORD & GEOFFREY GARRATT
Orchestrations JOHN CAMERON
New Orchestrations CHRISTOPHER JAHNKEE, STEPHEN METCALFE, STEPHEN BROOKER
Scenic Design MATT KINLEY
Costume Design ANDREANE NEOFITOU & CHRISTINE ROWLAND
Lighting Design PAULE CONSTABLE
Sound Design MICK POTTER
Cast
Jean Valjean RAMIN KARIMLOO
Javert WILL SWENSON
Fantine CAISSIE LEVY
Eponine NIKKI M. JAMES
Marius ANDY MIENTUS
Cosette SAMANTHA HILL
Thenardier CLIFF SAUNDERS
Mme. Thenardier KEALA SETTLE
Enjolras KYLE SCATLIFFE
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH
Direction JOHN CAIRD & TREVOR NUNN
Musical Staging MICHAEL ASHFORD & GEOFFREY GARRATT
Orchestrations JOHN CAMERON
New Orchestrations CHRISTOPHER JAHNKE & STEPHEN METCALFE
Scenic Design JOHN NAPIER
Costume Design ANDREANE NEOFITOU
Lighting Design DAVID HERSEY
Sound Design JON WESTON, ANDREW BRUCE & AUTOGRAPH
Cast
Jean Valjean ALEXANDER GEMIGNANI
Javert NORM LEWIS
Fantine DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA
Eponine CELIA KEENAN-BOLQER
Marius ADAM JACOBS
Cosette ALI EWOLDT
Thenardier GARY BEACH
Mme. Thenardier JENNY GALLOWAY
Creative
Not available
Cast
Jean Valjean COLM WILKINSON
Javert PHILIP QUAST
Fantine RUTHIE HENSHALL
Eponine LEA SALONGA
Marius MICHAEL BALL
Cosette JUDY KUHN
Thenardier ALUN ARMSTRONG
Mme. Thenardier JENNY GALLOWAY
Enjolras MICHAEL MAGUIRE
Grantaire ANTHONY WARLOW
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH & THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Direction JOHN CAIRD & TREVOR NUNN
Orchestrations JOHN CAMERON
Scenic Design JOHN NAPIER
Costume Design ANDREANE NEOFITOU
Lighting Design DAVID HERSEY
Sound Design ANDREW BRUCE & AUTOGRAPH
Cast
Jean Valjean COLM WILKINSON
Javert TERRENCE MANN
Fantine RANDY GRAFF
Eponine FRANCES RUFFELLE
Marius DAVID BRYANT
Cosette JUDY KUHN
Thenardier LEO BURMESTER
Mme. Thenardier JENNIFER BUTT
Enjolras MICHAEL MAGUIRE
Creative
Producer CAMERON MACKINTOSH & THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
Direction JOHN CAIRD & TREVOR NUNN
Musical Staging KATE FLATT
Orchestrations JOHN CAMERON
Scenic Design JOHN NAPIER
Costume Design ANDREANE NEOFITOU
Lighting Design DAVID HERSEY
Sound Design ANDREW BRUCE
Cast
Jean Valjean COLM WILKINSON
Javert ROGER ALLAM
Fantine PATTI LuPONE
Eponine FRANCES RUFFELLE
Marius MICHAEL BALL
Cosette REBECCA CAINE
Thenardier ALUN ARMSTRONG
Mme. Thenardier SUSAN JANE TANNER
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Prologue: Work SongJavert, Valjean and the Chain Gang
On ParoleValjean and Company
The BishopValjean, Bishop
Valjean's Soliloquy (What Have I Done?)Valjean
At the End of the DayUnemployed and factory workers
I Dreamed a DreamFantine
Lovely LadiesLadies and clients
Fantine's ArrestBamatabois, Fantine and Javert
The Runaway CartJavert, Valjean and Company
Who Am I? (The Trial)Valjean
Fantine's Death (Come To Me)Fantine and Valjean
The ConfrontationJavert and Valjean
Castle on a CloudYoung Cosette
Master of the HouseThenardier, his wife, and customers
The Bargain (Thenardier Waltz)M. and Mme. Thenardier, and Valjean
Look DownGavroche and the beggars
The RobberyM. and Mme. Thenardier, Marius and Eponine
Javert's InterventionJavert and Thenardier
StarsJavert
Eponine's ErrandEponine and Marius
Red and Black (The ABC Cafe)Enjolras, Marius, and the students
Do You Hear the People Sing?Enjolras, the students, and the citizens
In My LifeCosette, Valjean, Marius, and Eponine
A Heart Full of LoveCosette, Valjean, Marius, and Eponine
The Attack on Rue PlumetEponine, Thenardier and his gang
One Day More!The Company


ACT TWO

Building the Barricade (Upon These Stones)Enjolras and students
On My OwnEponine
Back at the BarricadeThe Students
Javert's ArrivalJavert and Enjolras
Little PeopleGavroche
A Little Fall of RainEponine and Marius
Night of AnguishValjean and Students
The First AttackEnjolras, Valjean, Javert and students
Drink With Me (The Night)Grantaire, students, and women
Bring Him HomeValjean
Dawn of AnguishEnjolras and students
The Second Attack (Death of Gavroche)Gavroche and students
The Final BattleEnjolras and students
The SewersInstrumental
Dog Eats DogThenardier
Soliloquy (Javert's Suicide)Javert
TurningWomen
Empty Chairs at Empty TablesMarius
Every DayCossette, Marius and Valjean
Valjean's ConfessionValjean and Marius
Wedding ChoraleGuests
Beggars at the FeastM. and Mme. Thenardier
Epilogue: FinaleThe Company

We Will Rock You
Bells Are Ringing
Sophisticated Ladies
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Ramin Karimloo leads the 2014 Broadway revival company in a performance of "One Day More!" on the Tony Awards.
Performance highlights from the 2014 Broadway revival headlined by Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Caissie Levy.
Queen's Theatre footage featuring the 2009-2010 London company performing excerpts from the show's 25th Anniversary year.
Colm Wilkinson leads the original 1987 Broadway cast in a performance of 'One Day More!' at the Tony Awards.

One Day More! Colm Wilkinson & Company Original London Cast Recording
Do You Hear the People Sing? Michael Maguire & Company Original Broadway Cast Recording
A Little Fall of Rain Michael Ball & Kaho Shimada The Complete Symphonic Recording
On My Own Lea Salonga 10th Anniversary Concert
I Dreamed a Dream Lea Salonga 25th Anniversary Concert
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