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For more than 25 years, fans have been inspired and moved by the poignant beauty of Les Miserables. Its heart-wrenching story of suffering, struggle against nearly insurmountable odds, and the search for love in a bleak and desolate world has become a cultural landmark. Its memorable characters including the hero Valjean, the dutiful Inspector Javert, the tragic Fantine, the disgraceful Thenardiers, the idealistic Marius, and the graceful Cosette have made their way into theater fans' hearts. And the score features some of the most beautiful now-standard songs ever composed, including "I Dreamed a Dream," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," and "On My Own." It is no wonder that it has won over 70 major theatre awards, including the 1987 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Aside from being an artistic achievement and a critical success, Les Miserables has also proven to be a worldwide phenomenon. Originally debuting in Paris in 1980, it was adapted into English and premiered in London's West End in 1985 and on Broadway in 1987. Since then, it has been produced in 42 countries and has been translated into 21 languages. It has played over 43,000 professional performances all over the world, translating to a total audience count of 55 million. Whether you're already a fan or you're wondering what all of the fuss is about, there has never been a better time to check out the Les Miserables schedule and get tickets. With Les Miserables tickets, you are guaranteed an outstanding night at the theatre with one of the biggest shows in history.Review "...the only way I can describe how this performance made me feel is that I now understand how people can sit in a theatre or even in their own home, put on opera music, and weep. The emotions come partly from the heart-wrenching lyrics and literary context, but equally from the beauty of the music and the virtuosity of the singers." Read the full review >> Plot Synopsis
Les Miserables opens in 1815 in a prison in Toulon, France, where Jean Valjean has been doing hard labor for 19 years, his sentence for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family and attempting to flee the authorities. The policeman Javert finally releases Valjean on parole, but he must bear a yellow ticket-of-leave, labeling him as an ex-convict and subjecting him to the scorn of the rest of society. Once free, Valjean meets the Bishop of Digne, who gives him food and shelter. When Valjean steals from the bishop and is apprehended by police, the bishop lies to save him and help him make a new life for himself. Inspired by the bishop's mercy, Valjean follows his advice and throws down the yellow ticket, breaking his parole.
Eight years later, Valjean has assumed a new identity as Monsieur Madeleine and has amassed a fortune as a factory owner and mayor of the town of Montreuil-sur-Mer. One day, it is discovered that of the factory's female workers, Fantine, has been sending money to her illegitimate child, who is living with an innkeeper and his wife. Although Valjean tries to resolve the issue amicably, Fantine is eventually dismissed. Alone and desperate for money, she sells her possessions and becomes a prostitute. Meanwhile, Javert comes to the village, continuing his search for the fugitive Valjean, and though he tricks him into revealing himself, Valjean evades him once again. Later, upon the plea of Fantine, whose ruination he feels responsibility for, Valjean finds her daughter, Cosette, who is abused by the despicable innkeepers, the Thenardiers. He pays them to take her away and once again flees to find a new life.
Nine years later, there is severe social unrest in Paris because the last government official who has shown kindness to the poor is on his deathbed. The idealistic students of the area plan to lead a revolt; meanwhile, the Thenardiers are looking for any opportunity to loot and steal while their daughter, Eponine, and Cosette fall in love with the same man, the student Marius. What is to become of the downtrodden poor of Paris? Will Cosette ever find true happiness? Can Valjean ever escape his past and build a new life for himself? Don't wait any longer to get Les Miserables tickets and find out how this touching and awe-inspiring story concludes.Run Time 2 hours and 50 minutes with one intermission Advisory Recommended for young teens and older (adult themes including violence, death, prostitution) Awards 1985 Olivier Awards: 4 nominations, 1 win 1987 Tony Awards: 12 nominations, 8 wins and many more Creative Team Music Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics Herbert Kretzmer Book & Lyrics Alain Boublil Based on the novel by Victor Hugo Cast: Broadway Jean Valjean Ramin Karimloo Javert Will Swenson Fantine Caissie Levy Eponine Nikki M. James Marius Andy Mientus Cosette Samantha Hill Enjolras Kyle Scatliffe Thenardier Cliff Saunders Madame Thenardier Keala Settle Les Miserables News March 1, 2014 The new revival of Les Miserables begins performances on Broadway! November 19, 2010 A fourth U.S. Tour commemmorating the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables launched at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey!