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Les Misérables in Concert 

TV-G | | Music | Episode aired 1 March 1996
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 ... Self
John Cameron John Cameron ... Self
Herbert Kretzmer Herbert Kretzmer ... Self


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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Did You Know?


Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball, and Alun Armstrong all reprised their roles from the Original London Cast. Colm Wilkison also reprised his role for the Broadway cast. 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 »


Grantaire: Drink with me to days gone by... Can it be, you fear to die? Will the world remember you when you fall? Could it be your death means nothing at all? Is your life just one more lie?
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Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Les Misérables: Musical Review (2013) See more »


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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cannot stop watching it!
9 December 2000 | by magus-21See all my reviews

Les Mis is my favorite musical of all time, and this video shows why! The cast is incredible, the music is incredible, and that ending with 17 Jean Valjeans is absolutely breathtaking. Here are things to look out for when watching this video: - Colm Wilkinson's angry singing

  • "Master of the House"

  • Philip Quast's absolutely beautiful "Stars"

  • "Do you hear the people sing!"

  • "One Day More!"

  • Michael Ball!!

  • Lea Salonga!!

  • The two of them singing "A Little Fall of Rain" (get tissue ready)

  • The finale: 17 Jean Valjeans from 17 countries all singing the lines of "Do you hear the people sing" (both regular and Epilogue versions) in their own languages from English to Japanese to Polish.

I have very few complaints! I think if there had been a set the singing and music would have been less powerful (200 chorus singers couldn't possibly fit onto one set during One Day More, and a full orchestra wouldn't fit under the stage). Michael Maguire gets my only complaint for his singing during "The Final Battle." His voice was wrong for that part and should have sung the way Anthony Warlow had sung the same song in the Complete Symphonic Recording. Listen to both to see what I mean.

Also, Andrew Lloyd Weber did NOT write this musical. I liked Phantom of the Opera, but that's it. Haven't seen Evita yet, but it couldn't possibly beat Les Miserables. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg wrote this and Miss Saigon. Cam Mackintosh produced Phantom, Les Mis, and Miss Saigon. Get your info straight, people.

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