Les Miz or Les Mis?

morosco
Broadway Legend
joined:7/10/04
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 01:21pm
Even the Les Miserables website has it both ways. Is there an official way to spell the abbreviated title?
LizzieCurry
Broadway Legend
joined:3/7/05
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 01:23pm
I don't think so, though Richard-Jay Alexander used to use the "z" for the American productions and the "s" for all the others.
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EponineAmneris
Broadway Legend
joined:5/25/06
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 02:30pm
I think it goes Z for Americans and S European/elsewhere in the world.

For what it's worth, I have always used Z
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broadwaydevil
Broadway Legend
joined:2/16/11
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 02:55pm
If you had no idea how to pronounce it, Les Miz is better phonetically though since the actual title is Les Miserables, Les Mis makes more sense. I've always used Les Mis.
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joined:12/26/10
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 03:08pm
There was a marquee in London (until 2010, I think, it has the blueish design), saying "LES MIZ" - so there┤s no real differentiation between the American and the European production conerning the spelling...

For me, it┤s Les Miz.
Phantom4ever
Featured Actor
joined:9/17/07
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 04:35pm
I definitely go with Les Miz. Can't ever remember seeing Les Mis anywhere. Although since the late 1980's, my aunt has called it La Miz.
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Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 07:48pm
Link is to opinions from four years ago.


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michellek45
Leading Actor
joined:5/20/11
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 08:06pm
If you're using American phonetics, it only makes sense to use Les Miz. If you did Les Mis, the actual pronunciation would be "Les Miss."
jo
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joined:5/15/03
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 08:48pm
In 1989, the book by Edward Behr called LES MISERABLES: HISTORY IN THE MAKING was published in the United Kingdom. One of its most informative and insightul chapters was called " From Les Miserables to 'Les Mis' "

Maybe that was the first time the nickname was used or maybe he was just repeating what some early fans have devised as an affectionate nickname for the show ? I think it referred to the stage musical as we know it now -- reimagined from its original sources, i.e., the book by Victor Hugo and the original musical staged in Paris! This particular chapter from the book traces the development of the English-based stage musical which debuted at the Barbican in London.

But it is still a French musical, at least by its title -- "Les Miserables", not "The Miserables"








Updated On: 2/27/12 at 08:48 PM
BroadwayFan12
Leading Actor
joined:4/17/10
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 09:41pm
I'm American and I always use Les Mis.
Marianne2
Broadway Legend
joined:3/28/08
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 09:45pm
I'm also in the US and use Les Mis. To me that makes sense because it's just a shortened title. Or is there more to it that I just don't know?
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kdogg36
Leading Actor
joined:9/13/07
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 09:59pm
If you're using American phonetics, it only makes sense to use Les Miz. If you did Les Mis, the actual pronunciation would be "Les Miss."

Is that the case? :)
Matt2
Featured Actor
joined:5/15/09
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 10:39pm
Les Miz with a 'Z'

It's Les Miz with a Z
Not Les Mis with an S
Cause Les Mis with an S
Goes "sss" not "zzz"
It's Z instead of S
Iz instead of Is
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michellek45
Leading Actor
joined:5/20/11
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/27/12 at 11:12pm
kdogg, it's because of the consonant in front that you say it differently. The only exception to this I can think of is "his."
ClapYo'Hands
Broadway Legend
joined:11/29/09
Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 2/28/12 at 02:33am
I always say "Les MisÚrables"...

But seriously, I don't understand why people would call it Les Miz, there's just no "z" in the title...
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Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 3/1/12 at 05:06pm
Is there any difference between Lay Ms and Lay Miss?
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Les Miz or Les Mis?
Posted: 3/1/12 at 11:44pm
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