Overview


Synopsis

One of the world’s most iconic and longest-running musicals, Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who spends a lifetime seeking redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and the aftermath of the French Revolution, this timeless story of intertwined destinies reveals the power of compassion and the quiet evil of indifference to human suffering. As Valjean’s quest for a new life carries him into Paris and to the barricades of the Student Revolution, he is hunted by Inspector Javert and the ghosts of his past. Amidst a battle for the soul of Paris, he discovers the true meaning of love and salvation. Performed in over 40 countries and 22 languages, and with a lush, swelling score that features such famed songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Bring Him Home,” Les Mis brings Victor Hugo’s revolutionary novel blazingly to life.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Lyrics:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Musical 1987
First Produced:
1980
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1815-1832, the french countryside and paris
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal For
community theater, touring, regional theater, ensemble cast
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, child, late teen, elderly characters

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