Les Miserables Summary

  • Les Miserables is 3 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 1, 2014
  • Opens March 23, 2014
  • Show Closed: September 4, 2016

Based on Victor Hugo’s renowned novel of the same name, Les Misérables is a celebrated musical masterpiece that is now enjoying its second revival on Broadway. Les Misérables depicts the story of the volatile and quickly changing landscape of post-revolutionary France. Jean Valjean is one of Les Misérables, or Miserable or Wretched Ones, who struggles to redeem himself after life as a convict. The novel is considered one of the greatest works of its time.

Les Miserables on Broadway Background

Taking place in 19th century France, the show features a large cast and a beautiful, memorable score including such songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “At the End of the Day,” “Who Am I?”, “Master of the House,” “Castle on a Cloud,” and “Bring Him Home.” With lyrics by, Jean-Marc Natel, and Herbert Kretzmer, and score and book by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, this musical had its beginnings as a concept album debuted in Paris in 1980. Legendary producer Cameron Mackintosh spent two years reworking and improving and the phenomena of Les Mis that you see today opened in the West End of London in 1985. Les Miserables moved to Broadway in 1987 with a budget of over $4.5 million dollars. When it closed on Broadway in 1993, only Cats had a longer Broadway run. The show has been received like no other around the world because of its universal appeal of the story of human struggle and societal change. The show has been translated into 21 languages including four versions of Spanish and two versions of Dutch. This current revival returned to Broadway in 2014.

What’s Les Miserables Like?

It is the story of a peasant named Jean Valjean, who is imprisoned for 19 years for having stolen a piece of bread, and his quest for redemption as he relentlessly tries to escape a police inspector named Javert. There are also wonderful comedic elements, mostly through the delightful malicious characters Madame and Monsieur Thénardier, and extremely moving moments, especially during songs sung by the young women Fantine and Cosette. This show is known for its high quality sets, costumes and production values. Audience members actually feel like they have been transported to 19th century France sans the rats and smell.

Is Les Miserables Good for Kids?

Les Mis contains themes relating to prostitution, violent revolution, and destitution. The show is most suited for children over the age of 10. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted into the theatre.

Theatre Information

Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,417
Entrance: 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave
Theatre Information

Imperial Theatre Seating Chart

Les Miserables Marquee

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Cast Members

Jean Valjean
John Owen-Jones
Javert
Earl Carpenter
Fantine
Montego Glover
Eponine
Brennyn Lark
Marius
Chris McCarrell
Cosette
Alex Finke
Thenardier
Gavin Lee
Madame Thenardier
Rachel Izen
Enjolras
Mark Uhre

Producers

Cameron Mackintosh

Production Credits

Direction
Laurence Connor + James Powell
Scenic Design
Bob Crowley
Costume Design
Andreane Neofitou
Additional Costumes
Christine Rowlands
Lighting Design
Paule Constable
Sound Design
Mick Potter
Projection Design
Fifty-Nine Productions
New Orchestrations
Christopher Jahnke
Additional Orchestrations
Stephen Metcalfe + Stephen Brooker
Lyrics
Herbert Kretzmer
Book
Alain Boublil + Claude-Michel Schonberg
Music
Claude-Michel Schonberg
Production Stage Manager
Trinity Wheeler

Creative Team

General Manager
Aaron Lustbader at Foresight Theatical LLC
Company Manager
Dave Ehle at Foresight Theatical LLC
Casting Director
Tara Rubin Casting
Technical Supervisor
Kevin Broomell
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Press Agent
Marc Thibodeau at The Publicity Office