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Les Miserables - French Concept

Ozam
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Les Miserables - French Concept
Posted: 5/22/14 at 10:14am
Just wondering if anyone knows if the original French Concept version of Les Mis is ever performed and if so where? Ditto for Parisian Version. I'll love to see them.
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LizzieCurry
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Les Miserables - French Concept
Posted: 5/22/14 at 10:28am
It's probably not licensed, but I'm sure someone's performed the OFC version somewhere, post-1980.
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Mr. Nowack
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Posted: 5/22/14 at 07:43pm
I'm pretty sure the french version was changed to reflect the english version after it premiered, and I don't think it's really been seen since. There are unofficial recordings of the full 1980 Paris performance, but that's about it.
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Les Miserables - French Concept
Posted: 5/23/14 at 01:28am
There is a recording on iTunes of the 1980 production. I would assume it is somewhat truncated, as it looks like it would be a two disc set if you were buying a physical copy, and I can only guess that in that early incarnation it was still running far longer than what would fit on just two CDs.
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LizzieCurry
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Posted: 5/23/14 at 09:41am
There are unofficial recordings of the full 1980 Paris performance, but that's about it.

That's not true at all: http://www.amazon.com/Les-Miserables-Original-French-Concept/dp/B000003C5B/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

But yes, it is truncated; the Palais des Sports production had the equivalent to "I Saw Him Once." Among other fun stuff.
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Ozam
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Les Miserables - French Concept
Posted: 5/23/14 at 10:00am
Thanks so much for this information - I have a recording of the French Concept version - which I LOVE so would love to hear the missing songs - now that I know there are more I'll go looking for them.

Ozam
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Les Miserables - French Concept
Posted: 5/23/14 at 10:06am
Thanks for this - I'm really looking for any performances which might be done - not sure if this version is legal these days. I know Hal Leonard will only allow the current favourite version to be performed but I wondered if they also owned the original version. There are versions in other languages performed in different parts of the world ie Japan/Denmark (I think) - I was assuming the Parisian version (a French version based on the Broadway production) is still performed in France.I'd love any information on any of this and whatever anyone knows of the productions currently being performed. I know there's one in Melbourne Australia coming up - other than that I've just assumed there are many different productions all happening at the one time in different parts of the world - sometimes in different languages.
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SnoopyQc
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Les Miserables - French Concept
Posted: 5/23/14 at 01:55pm
I know that the original french concept was produced at least twice in recent years under the name of «Pour l'amour de Cosette» (for the love of Cosette). You can watch some video on youtube. The first one was produced by Tourelou (Quebec)and the second by Choeur Régional de Lorraine (France). But I think they added somes songs from the complete french version.
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LizzieCurry
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Posted: 5/23/14 at 02:10pm
Ozam: The one in Melbourne coming up is the 25th anniversary staging (same as Broadway and the most recent UK tour), so you'll have fire, Marius in a blue coat, Javert dying like Bobby Strong, etc...

There was a production also in Quebec that used the same translation/relatively current content as the Paris 1991 revival. It didn't do well in Paris and hasn't been performed there since or continuously.
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Mr. Nowack
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Posted: 5/23/14 at 04:03pm
When I said "that's about it," I was referring to the full show, as in the material not recorded on the album.

Although apparently I was wrong. That's very interesting that the original version is performed under a different title. I wonder if anything else like that has ever happened before.
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