Les Miserables Cast Recording
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After Les Misérables became a huge hit in London, it moved to Broadway, bringing along two stars from the London production, Colm Wilkinson as the heroic Valjean and Frances Ruffelle as the despondent Eponine. Filling out this 1987 cast are Randy Graff (Fantine), Terrence Mann (Javert), David Bryant (Marius), Judy Kuhn (Cosette), Michael Maguire (Enjolras), and Leo Burmester and Jennifer Butt (the Thénardiers). Whether you prefer the London cast or this one just might depend on which one you heard first, though minor revisions to the show since its London debut make the Broadway version more familiar to current audiences. In fact, the 10th anniversary concert might have the best overall cast of the lot, while the three-disc symphonic recording is a must for completists.
Regardless of cast, Les Misérables has become a sensation. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's score is filled with beautiful ballads ("Bring Him Home," "I Dreamed a Dream") and rousing anthems ("One Day More," "Do You Hear the People Sing?"), and Victor Hugo's classic novel of a student uprising in pre-revolutionary France provides a compelling story line that continues to thrill audiences all over the world. --David Horiuchi
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VALJEAN & JAVERT = John Curl, FANTINE & COSETTE = Lindsey Stafford Smith, MARIUS= Christopher Smith, ENJOLRAS= Adam Pinter, THENARIDIER=Julian Emery, M. THENARDIER= Catherine Watson.
Uhhh, why have the same man sing 2 different parts. Okay, maybe I can see the same woman singing the mother and daughter, but the rivals?
Song List: AT THE END OF THE DAY,--I DREAMED A DREAM,--WHO AM I?,--FANTINE'S DEATH, --CONFRONTATION, --MASTER OF THE HOUSE, --STARS, --ABC CAFE, --RED AND BLACK, --DO YOU HERE THE PEOPLE SING, --A HEART FULL OF LOVE
Songs only from Act I of Les Miz!
Anyhow, the singers could turn out to be good for all I know, but I was just upset that it wasn't what it said it was. Although it wasn't listed as having Colm and Patti it did say "Original London Cast." So, at least now you can purchase this CD fully aware that it's not the London Cast! :)
The first time I saw Les Mis was at a small local high school. It was pretty bad, for the most part, but the musicians as well as some of the actors redeemed the performance. Valjean was excellent, Thernardier was pretty good, but most of all, the musicians in the performance performed quite well. The premise of a MUSICAL is for it to BE musical, and have good quality instrumental music as well as good quality acting... ideally. This recording has one of the above...
I was looking forward to getting this version, but when I actually got it, I started listening to the songs and was rather disappointed. I can sit down at my computer and probably write an arrangement to accompany the performance of Les Mis in cheap quality MIDI and have it sound better than this.
For example, in tracks 5 and 8, the background part has some kind of guitar or something or other and it just sounds absolutely terrible. I Dreamed a Dream is generally considered to be one of the better songs in the entire musical, and it's a shame that it has to get virtually ruined with this kind of tacky synthetic sound... But this happens to many of the songs.
Three stars for the effort, for it being Les Mis, and for the singing being decent. I just think it's terrible when a great musical has to have such a terrible, tacky sounding 'orchestral' accompaniment.
This is the second CD of Les Miserables recorded in English after the London Cast. Colm Wilkinson and Frances Ruffelle came to America to join the Broadway Cast, and we are glad that they did! Their energy is needed in such a musical as this!
The basic plot of LES MISERABLES the musical is the struggle of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, to become a part of society again. He was sent to jail for 19 years just for stealing a loaf of bread in order to feed his starving family. Of course the musical does not touch most of what is in the book because the musical is only three hours long, whereas it would take a couple of weeks to finish the book! Jean Valjean is haunted by his past and cannot find food or shelter because of the yellow ticket he wears that proclaims that he is an ex-convict. A kind bishop allows him to stay, and Valjean takes advantage of the old man by stealing silver and taking off. Valjean is brought back by constables to face the bishop, but the bishop lies for him. Valjean is touched when the bishop tells him that his soul is bought for God. Valjean changes his life around and breaks his parole by leaving the city. The story gets involved with the miserable Fantine and her orphaned daughter Cosette, and it then goes to the romance between Marius and Cosette. And then there is the revolution. There are fighting songs that will make you get goosebumps.Read more ›
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unfortunately for me, I thought "original cast" meant original English cast. I was replacing an original English one because I had played it so often a part of the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jb
This is an excellent quality CD. The Broadway cast is fantastic. The music never gets old. I am extremely fascinated.Published on Feb. 25 2013 by Omar Leon Sanchez
This was a hard to find item for a price like this. I have heard several versions of this show and still feel this is the best soundtrack.Published on Jan. 25 2013 by DocFollicle
This is an excellent reproduction of the full show. It was as if I were, again, attending the play.Published on June 18 2009 by James Jopling
This Broadway album is much better than the slow-paced London album, but two other recordings top it: the Complete Symphonic Recording and the 10th Anniversary Concert Recording. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
I like the quicker pace of the music here compared to the Original London Recording. The casting of other actors is also quite refreshing. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
and pair THAT one with the Complete Symphonic Recording, then you'll have all the Les Mis that you need. Read morePublished on July 12 2004
I love Les Miserables. It is a beautiful, beautiful show. However, this CD doesn't showcase the amazing people who have been in the show. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Amanda
THAT recording has the most exciting performances, has great live music, and has the BEST CAST (esp. Read morePublished on June 23 2004