Celebrate 25 Years of Les Mis with PBS
Nearly 60 million people have seen Les Miserables; have you? If not—or if you’d like to relive the experience—join PBS on Sunday, March 6, at 7 p.m. (Eastern; check local listings) for the television premiere of Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2.
More than 500 actors and musicians perform, including the October 2010 cast of the original London production and members of the original 1985 London cast. Tony-award winner Alfie Boe leads the cast of international stars as Jean Valjean, a man released from prison after serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. Set in early-nineteenth century France, it is a story of revolution and redemption.
Produced by Cameron Mackintosh, this production of Les Miserables was written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg (based on the Victor Hugo novel). The West End production of the world’s longest-running musical has presented over 10,000 performances.
Highly dramatic and beautifully performed, Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 features Jenny Galloway (Mme. Thenardier) , Katie Hall (Cosette), Nick Jonas (Marius), Norm Lewis (Javert), Matt Lucas (Thenardier), Lea Salonga (Fantine), and Colm Wilkinson (the musical's original Valjean). Lucas’ and Galloway’s performances are the highlights of the program, providing much needed humor. Also impressive is Norm Lewis as the single-minded Inspector Javert.