Les Misérables

Musical

Writers: Alain Boublil Claude-Michel Schönberg

Overview

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Lyrics
Based on the Play/Book/Film
Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the same name
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
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 Theatre, Ensemble Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, child, late teen, elderly characters

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.

Lead Characters


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  • Bonnie Antosh, Michael Miller