Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
was originally conceived for the stage by Claude-Michel Schönberg
and Alain Boublil. The production reunited many of the creative
artists from the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Charles
Dickens' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
An epic saga of social injustice, Les Misérables
follows the life of Jean Valjean, imprisoned for nineteen
years for stealing a loaf of bread. After his release, Valjean
is hounded relentlessly by the fanatic police inspector Javert
for breaking his parole. In the end, Javert's obsession leads
the two men to a confrontation in the sewers of Paris, a confronation
from which only one of them will walk away.
Les Misérables opened in London in 1985 at the
RSC's Barbicon Theatre. A monumental success, the production
was moved to New York two years later with the original Valjean,
Colm Wilkinson, repeating his critically acclaimed performance.
The New York production opened at the Broadway Theatre on March
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