Les Miserables Overture

CJ N2N
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joined:7/8/11
Les Miserables Overture
Posted: 10/23/12 at 03:21pm
I know it's not technically an overture per say, but here's my question:

I was listening to the Original London Cast for the first time on youtube today and was really surprised to hear a different opening "overture" (as opposed to the opening on all subsequent recordings). It sounded like the opening of "At the End of the Day" but in a minor key.

When and why was it changed to the current "Look Down" theme (which I personally like a LOT better)?

Updated On: 10/23/12 at 03:21 PM
LizzieCurry
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joined:3/7/05
Les Miserables Overture
Posted: 10/23/12 at 03:24pm
I think it was changed when it transferred from the Barbican.
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EricMontreal22
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joined:10/31/11
Les Miserables Overture
Posted: 10/23/12 at 05:11pm
I kinda enjoy the gloomy original overture. I admit, while I saw Les Miz twice on tour in the 80s (both Canadian national tours, I believe, though the second one may have been North American), I know the score almost completely from the OLC, which is all I listen to, so am always thrown when I hear the many (fairly minor) changes--when I flip on one of the concert performances that for a while were always on PBS, for example.
ClapYo'Hands
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Les Miserables Overture
Posted: 10/23/12 at 06:14pm
When it began performances at The Barbican, the overture was slightly different again. It was the same theme but was exactly the same as the one at the start of "At The End of the Day" (i.e Major, not Minor).

When it opened at The Palace, it became the 5-1 theme we all know and love!
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Updated On: 10/23/12 at 06:14 PM
sueb1863
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joined:3/6/11
Les Miserables Overture
Posted: 10/23/12 at 08:00pm
I wonder if they'll open the movie with the overture, or just go straight into 'Look Down'?
ClapYo'Hands
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joined:11/29/09
Les Miserables Overture
Posted: 10/24/12 at 05:21am
Well as the OP said, it's not really an overture, it's part of the prologue, so I don't see why not.
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