Les Miserables Information

Les Miserables is a Broadway musical based off of Victor Hugo’s novel. Written by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics were by Alain Boubil and Jean-Marc Natel, and translated in English by Herbert Kretzmer.

In 1985, it opened in London and became the second longest running show throughout the world. The show’s Broadway debut was in 1987 and upon its closing in 2003, was the third longest running show on Broadway. Nominated for a total of 12 Tony Awards, Les Mis took home eight wins, including for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Performance by a Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical. A revival opened in 2006 and closed in 2008.

The show begins in 1815 in France, during a time of unrest, and follows a large cast of characters and their difficulties throughout the years leading up to the French Revolution.

Hit songs include, “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Master of the House,” “One Day More,” “On My Own,” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.” Different cast recordings have been released in over 25 different languages on top of all of the tours and performances worldwide.

When a 25th Anniversary Performance was released on DVD in 2010, an announcement followed that a film adaptation of the musical was in the works and will be released at some point in 2012.

The 2012 U.S. Tour stars J. Mark McVey as Jean Valjean, Andrew Varela as Javert, Jenny Latimer as Cossette, Max Quinlan as Marius, Betsy Morgan as Fantine, and Chastin Harmon as Eponine.