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LES MISÉRABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT DVD

YOU CAN HEAR THE PEOPLE SING – AND HOW! 
London’s spectacular 02 arena was the stage for the epic 25th Anniversary Les Misérables Concert presented by Cameron Mackintosh & Universal Pictures in October 2010, and recorded for posterity in spectacular fashion. It is now available on DVD (from 1/12/2010). Andrew L. Urban reports.


Tears of joy and elation are caught in close up as the audience rises to its feet in rapturous appreciation of the show, as members of the original 1985 production walk on stage to take their nostalgic bow. By this time, you will be in tears, too, at the tail end of this remarkble production.

The 02 Concert involved over 300 actors and musicians, including Alfie Boe, a leading UK tenor (star of Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme on Broadway); Nick Jonas of the pop group The Jonas Brothers; Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Shooting Stars, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland) and several members of the original 1985 London production.

"an awesome audio visual experience"

Presented in two acts on two discs, each over 80 minutes, Les Mis in Concert is partly staged and costumed. No bow ties and gowns; it’s all rags and French army uniforms. The huge orchestra – and an even huger choir - is positioned behind the performance stage on a raised platform, and above that are two vast screens to deliver close up what the cast are doing and singing on the apron. Enormous crowds in the 02 arena greet the opening fanfare, which is lit by giant flying light rigs. On even the most humble home entertainment system, this is an awesome audio visual experience, not least because it carries a huge emotional payload from start to finish. 

Lighting and multi screen effects add to the oomph; it really is more than a concert.

The longest running musical theatre production, Les Mis works in concert partly because of the famous and rousing music and lyrics; I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Did You Hear the People Sing, One Day More, Master of the House – and others.

Translated into 21 languages and performed in 42 countries and 291 cities, Les Mis has been seen live by over 55 million people. So if you can’t be there in person – and you want to re-live the Les Mis experience – this is the disc set for you. And me. Gotta rush and get back to it ….

Cast
Jean Valjean - Alfie Boe
Marius - Nick Jonas
Javert - Norm Lewis
Thénardier - Matt Lucas
Fantine - Lea Salonga
Madame Thénardier - Jenny Galloway
Cosette - Katie Hall
Enjolras - Ramin Karimloo
Éponine - Samantha Barks

Crew
Producer - Cameron Mackintosh
Author/Dramatist - Alain Boublil
Book & Music - Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyricist - Herbert Kretzmer
Costume Design - Andreane Neofitou
Director - Laurence Connor
Director - James Powell
Set Design - Matt Kinley
Lighting - Paule Constable
Lighting - Patrick Woodroffe
Additional Costumes - Christine Rowland
Conductor - David Charles Abell

Published December 2, 2010

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