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Stage Tube: On This Day for 3/12/16- Les Miserables

Today in 1987, Les Miserables opened at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 6680 performances. Written by Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is set in early 19th-century France. The plot follows the stories of many characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution. An ensemble that includes prostitutes, student revolutionaries, factory workers, and others joins the lead characters. In January 2010, it played its ten-thousandth performance in London, at Queen's Theatre in London's West End. On 3 October 2010, the show celebrated its 25th anniversary with three productions running in the same city the original show at London's West End the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary touring production at the original home of the show, the Barbican Centre and the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena. The original Broadway cast included Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, David Bryant as Marius, Judy Kuhn as Cosette, Michael Maguire as Enjolras,
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Hot Video: Les Miserables' 30th Birthday with Patti LuPone, Colm Wilkinson, Frances Ruffelle & More Singing in Special Finale!

It's been 30 years since Claude-Michel Schonberg ampAlain Boublil's phenomenon of a musical opened in London and finally videos have just started to appear online from the special 30th Anniversary event, including Patti LuPone, Colm Wilkinson, Frances Rufelle, John Owen Jones, Geronimo Rauch, Peter Lockyer, Rachelle Ann Go, Carrie Hope Fletcher and other members of the current and original cast
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Photos and Video: Les Mis Stars Unite! Original Valjean Colm Wilkinson Duets with Broadway-Bound Ramin Karmimloo!

London and Broadway's original Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, performed the role of the Bishop for a special performance of Les Miserables Saturday evening, January 11 in Toronto at the Princess of Wales Theatre alongside Broadway's next Valjean, Ramin Karimloo, who will star in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of the legendary musical beginning March 1 at the Imperial Theatre. Wilkinson passed the torch - and the silver candlesticks - to Karimloo in a special benefit performance for five different Toronto charities Casey House, Covenant House, Ernestine's, The Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa and Theatre 20. Wilkinson and Karimloo brought down the house with a special curtain call duet of Bring Him Home. The Iranian-born Karimloo, who grew up in Toronto, has idolized Wilkinson since he was 12 and saw him perform in the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto. Karimloo went on to star as the Phantom in London, and since this November,
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Les MISÉRABLES Veteran Colm Wilkinson Joined the Revival Cast for a Special Performance in Toronto

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece Les MISÉRABLES. Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les MISÉRABLES sweeps its audience through an epic tale of broken dreams, passion and redemption, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. This enthralling story is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Les MISÉRABLES stars Ramin Karimloo as "Jean Valjean," Will Swenson as "Javert," Caissie Levy as "Fantine," Nikki M. James as "Eponine," Andy Mientus as "Marius," Charlotte Maltby as "Cosette," Kyle Scatliffe as "Enjolras," Cliff Saunders as "Thenardiers," and Keala Settle as "Madame Thenardiers." Colm Wilkinson, who...
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Stage Tube: Valjeans Unite! Ramin Karimloo and Colm Wilkinson Sing 'Bring Him Home'

The legendary original star of Les Miserables, Colm Wilkinson, returned to the musical that first brought him to international acclaim to perform the role of the Bishop in the Toronto production- a role he played in the Oscar-winning film adaptation. As the Bishop he passed the torch, or the silver candlesticks that his character passes on to Jean Valjean, to Ramin Karimloo, the young Canadian star who has won unanimous raves for his portrayal of Valjean -- a role he will reprise in the upcoming new Broadway production. In the video below, Karimloo and Wilkinson unite to perform 'Bring HIm Home.'
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Les Miserables Blu-ray Review

I’m still surprised by how deeply Les Miserables touched me. I’m not a huge fan of musical theater and while I’d been mildly impressed by the 10th anniversary concert, I never grasped what all the fuss was about. I went into Tom Hooper’s 2012 movie adaptation with high hopes, but no expectations. I left a blubbering wreck, reduced to tears a good half-dozen times in the course of its 150-minute running time. Plenty of folks feel the same way… and plenty of other folks still see nothing but bombastic sentiment. The new Blu-ray isn’t likely to change anyone’s minds. Or is it? Hit the jump for my full review. Hooper’s central creative conceit involved recording the singing live onset, as well as making copious use of close-ups to capture the actors’ emotions. That makes for a radical departure from the stage musical, where the
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InDepth InterView Exclusive: Colm Wilkinson Talks Les Miserables, Phantom, Evita, Concerts & A Return to the Stage?

Today we are talking to the originator of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables onstage and a preeminent Phantom and the first to actually play the role in The Phantom Of The Opera who has clearly made a major mark with his performances in the theatre - not to mention his work on the original concept albums of Evita and Jekyll amp Hyde - who now makes the leap to the big screen in his featured role in the super-successful feature film iteration of the Claude-Michel SchonbergAlain Boublil musical based on the Victor Hugo novel - the titanically talented Colm Wilkinson. Opening up about his work in the original Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Miserables and his collaboration with the creative team and cast of actors as well as his association with producer Cameron Mackintosh, director Trevor Nunn and more, Wilkinson details the finer points of creating one of the
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Exclusive: Les Miserables Interview with Colm Wilkinson and Producer Cameron Mackintosh

Exclusive: Les Miserables Interview with Colm Wilkinson and Producer Cameron Mackintosh
Colm Wilkinson and Producer Cameron Mackintosh Talk Les Miserables, available now on Blu-ray and DVD

Heading into Easter Weekend, the Oscar-winning film Les Miserables is available on Blu-ray and DVD, the perfect musical to get you in the mood for this upcoming Holiday. We recently caught up with one of the producers on the film Cameron Mackintosh, and the man who perfected Jean Valjean on stage before taking the role of the Bishop on screen, Colm Wilkinson. Both have a long and storied history with the production, from its stage roots to its place as one of cinema's great musicals. Here's our exclusive conversation.

Actor Colm Wilkinson

Les Mis was originally supposed to be turned into a film musical nearly twenty-five years ago. It didn't happen. Were you involved with the first incarnations of this project's life as a movie?

Colm Wilkinson: No. We never talked. It never got that far,
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Colm Wilkinson to Tour Ireland & UK; Lyceum Theatre June 24

Ireland's Colm Wilkinson is best known as the original Jean Valjean and the Phantom, roles he created and embodied in London, Toronto and New York productions of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. He played Jean Valjean in the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall 1995 and has gained many new fans since his guest appearances on both 25th Anniversary Concerts of Les Miserable at the O2 London 2010 and Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall 2011.
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Blu Review: Les Miserables (2012)

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Cinelinx sings the song of angry men with the fantastic new Les Miserables Blu-ray!

The Set-up

In 19th century France, an ex-prisoner named Valjean (Hugh Jackman) finds his purpose in life when he agrees to care for the daughter of a factory worker (Anne Hathaway). Also stars Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and the musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg.

Directed by Tom Hooper 

The Delivery

This phenomenal adaptation of the beloved musical manages to surpass expectations on every level. From the incredible set design, to the outstanding performances, to the stirring renditions of the songs fans have come to love, Les Miserables is everything you could ask for in a movie musical. 

I do not consider myself a fan of musicals in general; I find most are unable to deliver both acting and musical performances worth noting. I do admit to
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Mega Stage Tube: On This Day 3/12- Les Miserables

Today in 1987, Les Miserables opened at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 6680 performances. Written by Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is set in early 19th-century France. The plot follows the stories of many characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution. In January 2010, it played its ten-thousandth performance in London, at Queen's Theatre in London's West End. On 3 October 2010, the show celebrated its 25th anniversary with three productions running in the same city the original show at London's West End the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary touring production at the original home of the show, the Barbican Centre and the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena. The original Broadway cast included Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, David Bryant as Marius, Judy Kuhn as Cosette, Michael Maguire as Enjolras, Frances Ruffelle as Eponine, Braden Danner as Gavroche, Donna Vivino as Young Cosette, Jennifer Butt as Madame Thenardier,
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Happy Anniversary, Les Miserables!

Happy Anniversary, Les Miserables!
Today marks the 26th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Les Miserables, the third-longest running musical in the history of the Great White Way. The ultra famous production, starring Irish tenor Colm Wilkinson and Brit Frances Ruffelle, lasted an impressive 16 years on Broadway, racking up a total of 6,680 performances. But did you know the critics weren't crazy about the show when it first came out?

Similar to, say, the mixed public opinion surrounding present Les Mis star, Anne Hathaway, writers and reviewers landed on both sides of the fence after Trevor Nunn and John Caird showcased their adapted musical, first in the UK and later in New York City. While one reviewer deemed the work "a wonderful human pageant," another had far less nice things to say, describing the musical as "witless and synthetic entertainment."

Scroll through the slideshow below to get a taste of the reviews accompanying the production's 1980s debut,
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Bww Exclusive Interview: Ramin Karimloo on His Toronto Homecoming in Les Miserables in Fall of 2013

Ramin Karimloo was first bitten by the theatre bug upon seeing Colm Wilkinson in the original production of The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto in the late 80s. Since then he has gone on to play the title role in both The Phantom and Love Never Dies in London's West End, and now will come home to Toronto for the first time in the Mirvish Production of Les Miserables which was just announced for their 2013-2014 season. Bww spoke with Ramin about how he feels about coming home, the pressures of the role of Jean Valjean, Sheytoons, protecting his voice and more.
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6 Of YouTube's Most Impressive One-Man 'Les Misérables' Medleys (Video)

6 Of YouTube's Most Impressive One-Man 'Les Misérables' Medleys (Video)
By Aja Romano

"One-man medleys" — the phenomenon in which talented YouTubers record, edit, and sync their own voices singing in harmony — are innumerable on YouTube. But recently, one viral video and one perennially popular 15-year-old musical have combined to produce an irresistible combination.

That's right. It's a YouTube theatre crowded with one-person renditions of "Les Misérables," and we flock to it like students to a barricade.

Oh, YouTube, you know what we like.

Popular ever since its 1986 premiere in the West End, "Les Mis's" giant cast and string of powerhouse ballads and eminently singable ensemble numbers have proved a lethal combination for audiences ever since. Now, with the advent of the film, YouTube is rediscovering its love for revolution and counterpoint.

At 1.5 million views, the champion "Les Mis" medley-maker is undoubtedly Nick Pitera, whose song stylings have made him a YouTube sensation with over 300,000 subscribers.

Though his "Les Mis" medley,
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19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners
The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out today in Los Angeles, with Argo taking home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Modern Family and Downton Abbey won the top awards in the television categories. Take a look at the full list of the Screen Actors Guild Awards winners and nominations.

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners and Nominations

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis / Abraham Lincoln - Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)

Bradley Cooper / Pat - Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)

John Hawkes / Mark - The Sessions (Fox Searchlight)

Hugh Jackman / Jean Valjean - Les Miserables (Universal Pictures)

Denzel Washington / Whip Whitaker - Flight (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jennifer Lawrence / Tiffany - Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)

Jessica Chastain / Maya - Zero Dark Thirty
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"Argo," "Downton Abbey," "Modern Family" Big Winners at 2013 SAG Awards! See Full Winners List!

Ben Affleck's "Argo" continues its march as the Oscar front-runner this awards season. Yesterday, the film was the big winner at the 2013 Producers Guild Awards, and tonight, it won the big prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards taking home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture trophy.

As predicted, Daniel Day-Lewis won the Lead Actor award for "Lincoln" while Jennifer Lawrence won the Lead Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook."

Tommy Lee Jones won the Best Supporting Actor award for "Lincoln," and my fave, the lovely Anne Hathaway won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables."

In the television category, "Downton Abbey" won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and "Modern Family" took home the Comedy Series award.

Here's the complete 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Winners (bolded and highlighted); for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Theatrical
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'Les Miserables' - heart-wrenching epic saga

'Les Miserables' - heart-wrenching epic saga
Film: "Les Miserables"; Cast: Aaron Tveit, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Colm Wilkinson, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Hugh Jackman, Isabelle Allen, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen and Samantha Barks; Director: Tom Hooper; Rating: ****

Sad stories sell like hot cakes and "Les Miserables" tugs at your heart strings. An adaptation from Victor Hugo's eponymous book, it is not a historical story, but a classic tale of humanity, love and loss set against the backdrop of a political uprising in France, the French Revolution.

Directed by Tom Hooper, who had earlier done "The King's Speech", "Les Miserables" is a spectacular blockbuster. From the first to the last frame, the film enthralls you like a magnum opus.

It.
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Review: Les Miserables

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Les Miserables

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Isabelle Allen, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne, Colm Wilkinson | Written by Victor Hugo, William Nicholson | Directed by Tom Hooper

Victor Hugo’s epic novel Les Miserables is no stranger to big screen adaptations, with close to fifty different versions in various languages, but Tom Hooper’s version, (Oscar winning director of The King’s Speech) the first to adapt the stage musical, is possibly the grandest and most ambitious to date. The tale of Jean Valjean provides the plot for the longest running musical in the West End, and it took 27 years for someone to bring give it the cinematic treatment it so clearly deserves.

The story begins as Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is released on parole after 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread, and trying to escape. However he breaks parole, in attempt to make a better life for himself,
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Les Misérables review

Tom Hooper's film is a colossal effort – after 158 minutes, you really have experienced something. It's just not clear what

Like a diabolically potent combination of Lionel Bart and Leni Riefenstahl, the movie version of Les Misérables has arrived, based on the hit stage show adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel set among the deserving poor in 19th-century France, which climaxes with the anti-monarchist Paris uprising of 1832. Even as a non-believer in this kind of "sung-through" musical, I was battered into submission by this mesmeric and sometimes compelling film, featuring a performance of dignity and intelligence from Hugh Jackman, and an unexpectedly vulnerable singing turn from that great, big, grumpy old bear, Russell Crowe. With the final rousing chorus of "Do you hear the people sing?", the revolutionary-patriotic fervour is so bizarrely stirring, you'll feel like marching out of the cinema, wrapped in the tricolour, and travelling to Russia to
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Film Review: Les Miserables (2012): Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman

  Les Misérables (2012) Film Review, a movie directed by Tom Hooper and starring Eddie RedmayneSamantha Barks, Hugh JackmanSacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham CarterRussell CroweAnne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron TveitColm Wilkinson, Ella HuntGeorge Blagden, and Bertie Carvel. Les Miserables is a film about hope sung from the [...]

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