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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 »

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 ... Self
John Cameron John Cameron ... Self
Herbert Kretzmer Herbert Kretzmer ... Self

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Storyline

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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Trivia

The five international English-speaking Valjeans featured in the encore song played the convicts in the opening number "Look Down". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 Les misérables (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

In My Life/A Heart Full of Love
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Judy Kuhn Michael Ball and Lea Salonga
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a superb concert record of a great show
17 August 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Seeing Les Miz on stage is a breathtaking experience, as it really has the atmosphere, the heart, the energy and the songs to do justice to Victor Hugo's great French novel. So it was no surprise that the Tenth Anniversary Concert really worked - it assembled perhaps the best group of singers (Colm Wilkinson, who created the role of Valjean; Philip Quast, Javert in Australia and on the UK tour (fabulous); Ruthie Henshall as a brittle Fantine; Lea Salonga as Eponine; Michael Ball recreating his role as Marius (and few people can sing Empty Chairs and Empty Tables as well as he does); and from the US, Judy Kuhn as Cosette).

I don't feel that we have been cheated out of a full film version; and in fact I hope they don't attempt it. This semi-dramatised concert does the job and keeps this fantastic musical on record for future generations. Roll on the 20th anniversary, and long may the production run in its London home, where the giant Cosette has become a landmark for tourists getting lost on Piccadilly!


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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