Les Misérables: Musical Info & Synopsis


Les Misérables is an epic musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel of the same name. Set in 19th-century France, the story revolves around Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who breaks parole and embarks on a journey of redemption. As Valjean seeks to rebuild his life, he becomes entangled in the revolutionary events of the time, including the June Rebellion of 1832. Through interwoven stories and memorable characters, the musical explores themes of love, justice, sacrifice, and the pursuit of freedom.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1980)

Cast Size: 30+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1800s / France

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyrics: Alan Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝

Cast Albums

Original London Cast (1985)➝

Original Broadway Cast (1987)➝

The Complete Symphonic Recording (1988)➝

10th Anniversary Concert (1995)➝

London Cast (2010)➝

The Staged Concert (2020)➝


1980s, Based on a Book, Child Roles, Dramatic, Large Cast, Mega MusicalPoliticalPopular, Religion, Sung-Through, Tony Award, Tragedy, War, Weddings

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