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Les Miśerables - The Dream Cast in Concert
Directed by John Caird
Produced by Cameron Mackintosh
Written by Alain Boublil
Herbert Kretzmer
Claude-Michel Schönberg
Starring Colm Wilkinson
Philip Quast
Alun Armstrong
Jenny Galloway
Judy Kuhn
Michael Ball
Lea Salonga
Ruthie Henshall
Anthony Crivello
Distributed by Sony Pictures (USA & Canada Broadcast Rights) BBC Video (U.K. Broadcasting Rights)
Release date(s) November 17, 1998
Running time 159 min.
Language English

Les Misérables: The Dream Cast in Concert a.k.a. Les Misérables in Concert is a concert version of the musical Les Misérables, produced to celebrate its 10th anniversary. It was filmed in October 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall and released on DVD and VHS in 1998 and re-released on DVD in North America in 2008. It stars Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, Philip Quast as Inspector Javert, Michael Ball as Marius Pontmercy, Lea Salonga as Éponine, Judy Kuhn as Cosette, Ruthie Henshall as Fantine, and several others, and was directed by John Caird. The performers were chosen from London, Broadway and Australian productions of the show.

Contents

Production

This presentation uses a "modernised" and more orchestrated Alain BoublilClaude-Michel Schönberg score than that of the musical. The format is closer to that of a dramatic cantata rather than being fully staged; the singers stand at their microphones with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and chorus behind them, but they do wear costumes and participate in some movement. During the action scenes, the video switches to action from the stage production.

A few scenes from the musical are not included in the concert, including the street brawl broken up by Javert, "The Death of Gavroche" and the confrontation between Marius and Thénardier at the wedding feast.

The second encore

The programme ends with an encore in which seventeen actors who portray Jean Valjean in seventeen different nations join Wilkinson on stage to each sing a few bars of "Do You Hear the People Sing?" in their native languages. They are then joined by the entire cast and choir to sing the last verse of "One Day More!", receiving applause and a standing ovation. Balloons and confetti fall from the ceiling and sparklers erupt on stage as the show finishes.

Cast

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Main performers

Colm Wilkinson Jean Valjean Original London/Broadway cast
Philip Quast Javert Original Australian cast/Complete Symphonic Recording
Ruthie Henshall Fantine Replacement London cast
Jenny Galloway Madame Thénardier Replacement London cast
Alun Armstrong Thénardier Original London cast
Lea Salonga Éponine Replacement Broadway Cast
Michael Ball Marius Original London cast/Complete Symphonic Recording
Michael Maguire Enjolras Original Broadway cast
Judy Kuhn Cosette Original Broadway cast
Anthony Crivello Grantaire Original Broadway cast
Adam Searles Gavroche
Hannah Chick Young Cosette
Paul Monaghan Bishop of Digne

The seventeen Valjeans

The following are the seventeen Valjeans who participated in the second encore:

Country Actor
 United Kingdom Phil Cavill
 France Robert Marien
 Germany Jerzy Jeske
 Japan Takeshi Kaga
 Hungary Vikidál Gyula
 Sweden Tommy Körberg
 Poland Krzysztof Stasierowski
 Netherlands Henk Poort
 Canada Michael Burgess
 Austria Reinhard Brussman
 Australia Rob Guest
 Norway Øystein Wiik
 Czech Republic Jan Ježek
 Denmark Kurt Ravn
 Ireland Jeff Leyton
 Iceland Egill Ólafsson
 United States Craig Schulman

Cavill and Leyton also appeared as two of the five principal convicts in "Work Song" at the beginning of Act 1.[1]

DVD release

The DVD was released by Sony Pictures on November 17, 1998. This Region 1 fullscreen DVD is now out of print. It had a run time of 159 minutes.

A two-disc widescreen collector's edition was released by BBC Video in Region 1 territories on February 19, 2008. Viewers have reported that a segment of "Little People," is inexplicably removed. This release also does not contain the speeches. The second disc contains Les Misèrables: Stage by Stage, a documentary from 1988.

Recent versions of the DVD include the missing segment of Little People.[2]

Soundtrack

Disc 1
  1. Prologue
  2. On Parole/The Bishop
  3. Valjean's Soliloquy
  4. At the End of the Day
  5. I Dreamed a Dream
  6. Lovely Ladies
  7. Fantine's Arrest
  8. The Runaway Cart
  9. Who Am I? - The Trial
  10. Fantine's Death
  11. The Confrontation
  12. Castle on a Cloud
  13. Master of the House
  14. The Bargain-Waltz of Treachery
  15. Look Down
  16. Stars
  17. ABC Café/Red and Black
  18. Do You Hear the People Sing?
  19. Rue Plumet - In My Life
  20. A Heart Full of Love
Disc 2
  1. The Attack on Rue Plumet
  2. One Day More!
  3. Building the Barricade/On My Own
  4. Back at the Barricade
  5. Javert's Arrival/Little People
  6. A Little Fall of Rain
  7. Night of Anguish
  8. First Attack
  9. Drink with Me
  10. Bring Him Home
  11. Second Attack/The Final Battle
  12. The Sewers
  13. Dog Eats Dog
  14. Javert's Suicide
  15. Turning
  16. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  17. Every Day/A Heart Full of Love (Reprise)
  18. The Wedding Chorale/Beggars at the Feast
  19. Epilogue (Finale)
  20. Encore 1: Entrance of International Valjeans
  21. Encore 2: Do You Hear the People Sing?/One Day More!


References

  1. ^ Les Misérables in Concert CD liner notes
  2. ^ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00110K62U

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