||Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
February 21st - March 17th, 2013
THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR MUSICAL
Les Misérables, the uplifting musical that has captured the hearts of over 60 million people worldwide, brings to life the tragic story of Jean Valjean, a convict, whose entire life is changed due to a single act of kindness. This beautiful epic tale, set in early 19th-century France, tells of the redeeming nature of forgiveness and the human sprit. The magnificent score features the classic favorites "I Dreamed a Dream," "Do You Hear People Sing?," "On My Own," and many others. Winner of over 70 major Drama awards including the Tony Award for Best Musical, Les Misérables is the show that will sweep you away.
LES MISERABLES: A TIMELINE
June 5-7, 1832 - The June Rebellion - An uprising of mostly young working men and teenage boys who stood up against the July Monarchy which governed France. This three day battle, to which author Victor Hugo was temporarily trapped by is the factual event and inspiration for the novel LES MISERABLES.
1845 - Victor Hugo begins writing LES MISERABLES
1861 - Victor Hugo completes LES MISERABLES
April 3, 1862 - LES MISERABLES is published for the first time
1863 - Charles Victor Hugo (son of Victor Hugo) co-writes the first stage adaptation of LES MISERABLES
May 22, 1885 - Victor Hugo Dies
1909 - The first film version of LES MISERABLES is released. It is a silent film.
1978 - Alan Boublil sees a production of OLIVER! and starts picturing the LES MISERABLES character of Gavroche, he would then contact writing partner Claude Michel-Schonberg and the idea for the musical is born
1980 - LES MISERABLES the musical (in French) debuts at the Palais des Sports in Paris where it will play for 107 performances
October 8, 1985 - LES MISERABLES (The English Version) debuts in London at the Barbican Arts Centre produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cameron Mackintosh
December 4, 1985 - LES MISERABLES transfers to The Palace Theatre in London
March 12, 1987 - LES MISERABLES opens at the Broadway Theatre in New York. It will go on to win eight 1987 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Two of the original cast members from the London Production are in the Broadway production: Colm Wilkinson as Jean Val Jean and Frances Ruffelle as Eponine.
1989 - The largest single live LES MISERABLES audience as 125,000 people attend a concert production in Sydney, Australia
May 18, 2003 - The original Broadway production closes after 6,680 performances. At the time it was the second longest running show in Broadway History (It currently is third behind on CATS and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA)
April 3, 2004 - London Production transfers to the Queen's Theatre.
October 7, 2006 - LES MISERABLES becomes the longest running musical in London Theatre history (and the longest in London or Broadway history). At this performance is superfan Sally Frith who is seeing the show for the 740th time.
November 9, 2006 - LES MISERABLES returns to Broadway for a limited three month run...which is extended to a a fourteen month run because of demand
December 12, 2009 - The 25th Anniversary "Dream the Dream" tour begins in the United Kingdom
October 1, 2010 - As of this date the musical LES MISERABLES had been translated into 21 languages, played in 42 Countries and has been seen by over 57 million people.
December 25, 2012 - The film version of the the musical opens in the United States and United Kingdom. Frances Ruffelle and Colm Wilkinson the two actors who appeared in the original casts in London and New York appear in the film in small roles.
2014?? - Les Miserables returns to Broadway for the 3rd Time