Even those who aren't the typical audience to enjoy theater
shows have found much to love about the musical Les Miserables. Les Miserables is set during France in the 19th
century, following the story of one man who is hunted by the law but is actually a good man with honest intentions. His name
is Jean Valjean, and he is imprisoned for stealing bread for his starving family. He serves 19 years hard labor and then disappears
after being given parole.
Valjean emerges under a pseudonym as a wealthy mayor, but he is hunted by a dogged policeman named Javert. He promises
a dying woman he will look after her daughter, just as Javert discovers him. Valjean goes into hiding with the girl, Cosette,
for years, but his past catches up to them when Cosette is nearly grown and has fallen in love.
When Les Miserables first debuted,
it instantly caught the attention of both audience and critics. It won multiple Tony Awards, among others. The music helped
it win many awards, thanks to a score that includes songs like "I Dreamed a Dream," "Master of the House," "Look Down," "Do
You Hear the People Sing?," "On My Own" and many more.