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BIB ID#1499320
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Les misérables

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[London] : First Night ; New York, NY : Manufactured and marketed by Red Ink, [2004], p1985.
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Description
2 sound discs : digital ; 3 3/4 in.
Summary
Compact discs. At head of title: The original London cast. At head of title on container: Cameron MacKintosh presents. "Original text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. Additional material by James Fenton"--Container. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Originally released in 1985. Lyrics in container. First Night/Relativity: 1695-2. disc one. Prologue. Work song ; Valjean arrested/Valjean forgiven ; What have I done? -- At the end of the day -- I dreamed a dream -- Lovely ladies -- Who am I? -- Fantine's death. Come to me ; Confrontation -- Castle on a cloud -- Master of the house -- Thenardier waltz -- Stars -- Look down -- Little people -- Red and black -- Do you hear the people sing? -- disc two. Love montage. I saw him once ; In my life ; A heart full of love -- Plumet attack -- One day more -- On my own -- The attack -- A little fall of rain -- Drink with me -- Bring him home -- Dog eats dog -- Javert's suicide soliloquy -- Turning -- Empty chairs at empty tables -- Wedding chorale ; Beggars at the feast -- Finale. Colm Wilkinson (Jean Valjean), Patti LuPone (Fantine), Roger Allam (Javert) ; other soloists ; chorus ; orchestra ; Martin Koch, conductor.

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Music and Video Summary ->  Originally conceived as a simple recording production, Les Miserables evolved quickly into one of the premiere theater events of the 1980s. Theatrically on par with Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis is drawn from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The story chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, a simple Frenchman arrested as a youth for stealing a loaf of bread. After serving five years for that crime, as well as an additional 14 for attempted escape, Valjean is released on parole. Upon changing his name and eluding his parole officer, he becomes the surrogate father of a young girl and a Mayor as the French Revolution sets in. As the war rages, he finds that he cannot change the man he is. Les Miserables is typical of theater in the '80s, with extravagant effects and large, full-cast numbers. The beautiful score is full of emotion and humor, including such memorable and noteworthy songs as "Look Down," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "Bring Him Home," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," and the ubiquitous "On My Own." In 1995, a tenth anniversary concert was performed at Royal Albert Hall, combining members of the original cast, including Colm Wilkinson and Michael Ball, as well as Lea Salonga (the original Kim from Miss Saigon). Fully enjoyable, it may not be the best compilation of the music available, but it is definitely a worthwhile listen. ~ Sarah Erlewine

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