The Original Cast—Plus Hundreds More—On Stage for Concert Version of Les Miserables
Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Airs March 6 on the Nine Network
St. Louis—February 28, 2011—No one could have guessed on October 8, 1985, when Les Misérables opened in London that it would become a worldwide phenomenon. It has played in 42 countries and has been seen by nearly 60 million people. In 2010, the legendary musical celebrated its 25th birthday, and to mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London reuniting the original 1985 London cast as well as hundreds of actors and musicians from various versions around the world.
Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 will be broadcast on the Nine Network (KETC/Channel 9) on Sunday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. The four-hour event includes actors Alfie Boe, Colm Wilkinson, Jenny Galloway, Katie Hall, Nick Jonas, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Lea Salonga, Samantha Barks and Ramin Karimloo.
Based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name and set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables features the stories of individuals struggling for redemption and revolution. The magnificent score includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Master of the House” and many more.
When Les Misérables celebrated its 21st London birthday on October 8, 2006, it became the world’s longest-running musical, surpassing the record previously held by Cats in London’s West End.
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