|Shirtless Valjean is my favourite|
Originally opened in the West End October 8, 1985 (five years after the French production opened).
Currently: Still in the West End. On its second Broadway revival. Also in Japan, Korea, Manila, Singapore, and Spain.
Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics: Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (French lyrics); Herbert Kretzmer (English adaptation)
Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Trevor Nunn, and John Caird (adaptation)
Basis: 1862 novel by Victor Hugo
Everybody knows about: All this for a loaf of bread? (Yes, that's really a Les Mis reference.)
I have thoughts: You must be new here. Well. I saw the Broadway version last summer, and had too many things to say for just one post. Then there's the 2012 movie version, and Chadwick's keen ability to sing all the songs. And that's not even all of them. Suffice to say, I can't stop hearing the people sing.
You don't have to love this musical to be my friend. I'm totally okay with you hating Les Mis, if you like. Just tell me this: what do you think they were smoking when they chose Russell Crowe as Javert for the movie?