Les Miserables [Original Broadway Cast]

Les Miserables [Original Broadway Cast]

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The most genuinely moving extravaganza to be credited to theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh -- the impresario behind The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, and Cats -- is 1987's Les Misérables, a musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel. With a score by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, and Herbert Kretzmer, LesSee more details below

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The most genuinely moving extravaganza to be credited to theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh -- the impresario behind The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, and Cats -- is 1987's Les Misérables, a musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel. With a score by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, and Herbert Kretzmer, Les Misérables is a sung-through opera-lite variety show set in Paris in 1832. Bringing their stirring voices to this double-disc Broadway cast recording are Colm Wilkinson in the role of Jean Valjean, the tormented hero unjustly jailed for stealing a loaf of bread, and Terrence Mann as his obsessed pursuer, Javert. Aided by sterling performances from Randy Graff and Frances Ruffelle, this blockbuster musical contains the gorgeous melodies "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Who Am I?," and "Bring Him Home," all deservedly familiar anthems.

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All Music Guide - Sarah Erlewine
Originally conceived as a simple recording production, Les Miserables evolved quickly into one of the premiere theater events of the 1980s. Theatrically on par with Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis is drawn from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. The story chronicles the life of Jean Valjean, a simple Frenchman arrested as a youth for stealing a loaf of bread. After serving five years for that crime, as well as an additional 14 for attempted escape, Valjean is released on parole. Upon changing his name and eluding his parole officer, he becomes the surrogate father of a young girl and a Mayor as the French Revolution sets in. As the war rages, he finds that he cannot change the man he is. Les Miserables is typical of theater in the '80s, with extravagant effects and large, full-cast numbers. The beautiful score is full of emotion and humor, including such memorable and noteworthy songs as "Look Down," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "Bring Him Home," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," and the ubiquitous "On My Own." The original Broadway cast recording contains some very fine performances, particularly by Colm Wilkinson (as Valjean) and Frances Ruffelle (as Eponine, the waif). The vocals on this recording are heavy on character, making it an interesting and entertaining listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0720642415122
catalogNumber:
24151
Rank:
1744

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Overture/Work Song
  2. Valjean Arrested/Valjean Forgiven
  3. What Have I Done?
  4. At the End of the Day
  5. I Dreamed a Dream
  6. Lovely Ladies
  7. Who Am I?
  8. Come to Me (Fantine's Death)
  9. Confrontation
  10. Castle on a Cloud
  11. Master of the House
  12. The Thenardier Waltz of Treachery
  13. Look Down
  14. Stars
  15. Red and Black
  16. Do You Hear the People Sing?

Disc 2

  1. In My Life
  2. A Heart Full of Love
  3. Plumet Attack
  4. One Day More!
  5. Upon These Stones (Building the Barricade)
  6. On My Own
  7. Upon These Stones (Building the Barricade)
  8. Javert at the Barricade/Little People/The First Attack
  9. A Little Fall of Rain
  10. Drink With Me
  11. Bring Him Home
  12. Dog Eats Dog
  13. Javert's Suicide
  14. Turning
  15. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
  16. Wedding Chorale/Beggars at the Feast
  17. Finale

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Original Cast Recording   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor
Laurie Lewis   Violin,Leader
Bishop   Track Performer
Chain Gang   Track Performer
Valjean   Track Performer
Amanuel Vardi   Viola
Jonathan Abramowitz   Cello
Ross Allen   Keyboards
Julien Barber   Viola
Peter Boita   Drums
Ariana Bronne   Violin
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
Katherine Cash   Violin
Brent Forbes   Bass
David Gale   Trumpet
Jacqueline Giat   Flute,Piccolo
Joanna Glushak   Vocals
Allan Goldberg   Cello
Peter Halling   Cello
Michael Hinton   Drums
Peter Hyde   Trumpet
Jean Ingraham   Violin
Howard Joines   Percussion
Paul Kegg   Cello
Brian Koonin   Guitar
Jesse Levine   Viola
Batia Lieberman   Cello
Kevin Marcum   Vocals
Tony McVey   Percussion
Louann Montesi   Violin
Harriet Orenstein   English Horn,Oboe
Gene Orloff   Violin
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Jerry Peel   French Horn
Marion Pinhiero   Violin
Clay Ruede   Cello
John Rojack   Bass Trombone
Myra Segal   Violin
Jeff Silverman   Keyboards
Marti Sweet   Violin
Mitsue Takayama   Violin
Brooks Tillotson   French Horn
Mitchell Weiss   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Mineko Yajima   Violin
Harry Zaratzian   Viola
Robert Zottola   Trumpet
Jesse Corti   Vocals
Judy Kuhn   Vocals
Chris Lacey   Flute,Piccolo
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
Michael Ball   Vocals
Frances Ruffelle   Vocals
Joseph Kolinski   Vocals
Eugene Orloff   Violin
Anthony Crivello   Vocals
Lindsey Horner   Bass Guitar
Randy Graff   Vocals
Dave Willetts   Vocals
Colm Wilkinson   Vocals
Keith Burns   Vocals
Clive Carter   Vocals
Caroline Marwood   Oboe,Cor anglais
Andy Read   Keyboards
Victor Slaymark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Peter Washtell   Synthesizer,Piano
Martin Koch   Conductor
Ian Laws   Guitar
Patrick A'Hearn   Vocals
Ken Caswell   Vocals
Ann Crumb   Vocals
Zoe Hart   Vocals
Duncan Hollowood   Horn
Gary Huddlestone   Vocals
Sally Mates   Vocals
Craig Pinder   Vocals
Caroline Quentin   Vocals
Robert Billig   Conductor
Siân Reeves   Vocals
Roderick Tearle   Trumpet
Brian Newman   Horn
Richard Bureau   Violin
David Hissey   Trombone
Roger Allam   Vocals
Alun Armstrong   Vocals
Jackie Marks   Vocals
Jill Martin   Vocals
Aline Mowat   Vocals
Cindy Benson   Vocals
John B. Norman   Vocals
Marius   Track Performer
Ian Tucker   Vocals
Marcie Shaw   Vocals
Robin Williams   Violin
Marcus Lovett   Vocals
Norman Large   Vocals
Susan Goodman   Vocals
Michael Maguire   Vocals
David Bryant   Vocals
David Burt   Vocals
Paul Leonard   Vocals
Susan Jane Tanner   Vocals
Ian Calvin   Vocals
Donna Vivino   Vocals
Peter Wright   Trumpet

Technical Credits

John Cameron   Programming,Orchestration
Sheridan Morley   Liner Notes
Alain Boublil   Librettist,Producer
Dave Hunt   Engineer
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Songwriter,Producer
Andy Read   Director
Martin Koch   Director
David Hunt   Engineer
Herbert Kretzmer   Lyricist
James Fenton   Additional Music

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