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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 »




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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Alternately titled as "Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert" because Cameron Mackintosh personally hand-selected the main performers. See more »


During Young Cosette's solo "Castle on a Cloud", A loud BANG is heard off-camera. The noise has been attributed to the premature popping of one among many balloons secured at the time in nets against the ceiling. They were intended to be dropped into the concert hall along with confetti at the show's finale. To her credit, Hannah Chick managed to stay in character, flinching visibly as any scared little child would, but continuing her solo without missing a beat. See more »


Enjolras: Let's give them a screwing they'll never forget!
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Alternate Versions

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


Version of Les Misérables (1934) See more »


Red and Black/Do You Hear the People Sing
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Michael Ball, Michael Maguire, Anthony Crivello and Chorus
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better than any other musical! and blows Les Mis movies (especially Neeson's) out of the water!
31 August 2002 | by anya_angieSee all my reviews

I never thought I would like Broadway music. I was kind of iffy when I got the International Cast's Highlights for Christmas. I only listened to a few songs. Then I got interested, and saw the 10th anniversary concert on PBS. I was spellbound. Since then I have adored Broadway, but this one has always been and will always be my favorite. I am not drawn to any other musical the way I am to this story of justice, duty, love, redemption, and revolution. If you are a fan of Hugo's book, see it, if you are a fan of Broadway, see it, if you want to see a powerful story in song, see it.

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