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, the longest-running musical in the world, takes place in France after the French Revolution and follows the story of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict, and Javert, the police inspector who spends years pursuing Valjean in order to bring him to justice. This two hour and 55-minute show adapts Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name. Since its inception in the late 1980s, the show has been translated into 21 languages, has won numerous awards and has been seen in 42 countries.
It’s impossible to think about
without its central character Jean Valjean, a man who spent 19 years in prison and who spends many years after his release from prison being pursued by Inspector Javert. Many actors have brought the role to life, including Colm Wilkinson, who originated the role of Valjean on Broadway. Film director Tom Hooper cast Wilkinson as the Bishop of Digne, the first person to show Jean Valjean some humanity after prison, in the 2012 movie musical adaptation. However, Wilkinson wasn’t the only actor to play more than one role in the show. Actor Philip Hernandez has played both Valjean and Javert. John Owen-Jones has the distinction of being the youngest actor to play the illustrious role; the actor played Valjean when he was just 26 years old. In addition,
has appeared in the show’s Broadway revival in 2014.
Whether you want to see the show in concert or as the live theatrical production, you’ll find the
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The cast that will make
come to life on stage in Baltimore would likely be the cast of the US road tour. Actor Nick Cartell brings the part of Jean Valjean to life, and Josh Davis plays Javert. Mary Kate Moore brings Fantine to the stage. Eponine is voiced by Paige Smallwood, and Joshua Grosso plays Marius. Finally, Jillian Butler portrays Cosette.
One of the big standout features of the original stage set of
was its multi-ton turntable stage design. Newer productions feature simpler sets that are more reminiscent of Tom Hooper’s 2012 film version of the show. Some of the more interesting effects in the newer productions include smoky streets the sounds of gunfire and projected images, which draw their inspiration from paintings by Victor Hugo. The songs that
has become known for still lie at the heart of worldwide theatrical productions.
for its rousing musical numbers, elaborate costumes and fantastic light shows. The show includes at least 40 actors, 500 costumes and almost 90 wigs. It counts as one of the most epic nights of musical theater audiences will ever experience, and while it gives French history after the Revolution a much closer look, it never feels like a dry historical drama.
has funny songs, like Master of House, but it’s a show that’s really known for its sad and emotional songs, like I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Drink With Me, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables and Bring Him Home. It also has its share of rousing anthems, like One Day More and The Final Battle.
After its launch on Broadway during the '86-'87 theater season,
went on to win eight Tony awards. Awards included Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Score Written for the Theater, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.
Music theater fans would likely enjoy seeing productions of shows like
The Lion King