LES MISÉRABLES 25th Anniversary Concert Starring Salonga, Lewis, Jonas, et al. Airs on PBS 3/6

By: Jan. 31, 2011

Entertainment Weekly reports that the 25th Anniversary Concert of LES MISÉRABLES, which took place on October 3rd, 2010 with simultaneous screenings in select theaters, will air on PBS in March. 

Lea Salonga returned to the "Les Mis" concert stage 15 years after the 10th Anniversary, essaying the tragic heroine Fantine. Salonga was joined by Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Norm Lewis as Javert, Matt Lucas as Thénardier, Jennifer Galloway as Madame Thénardier, Nick Jonas as Marius, Samantha Barks as Eponine, Ramin Karimloo as Enjolras, Katie Hall as Cosette, Mia Jenkins as little Cosette, the cast members of the current London and international tour productions, and the cast members of the original 1985 London production - making up a strong ensemble of 300 performers and musicians.

Sir Cameron Mackintosh-produced LES MISÉRABLES originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985; transferred to the Palace Theatre on December 4, 1985;  and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on April 3, 2004. When the show celebrated its 21st birthday on October 8, 2006, it became the world's longest-running musical, surpassing the record previously held by CATS. The London production broke another record by marking its historic 10,000th performance in January 2010.

Written by MISS SAIGON collaborators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, LES MISÉRABLES has been seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages. The show is undisputedly one of the world's most popular stage musicals, with new productions opening and currently running around the globe.

There have been over 36 cast recordings on CD and/or DVD of LES MISÉRABLES, including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy award-winning Broadway cast recording, the complete symphonic recordings, and the soon to be released 25th anniversary productions recordings.

There have also been reports that a movie musical adaptation is in the works.

LES MISÉRABLES 25th anniversary concert at the O2 Arena was directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley, and conducted by David Charles Abell . Original costumes by Andreane Neofitou, additional costumes by Christine Rowland, lighting by Patrick Woodroffe and Paule Constable, and sound by Mick Potter.

A Blu-ray and DVD release of LES MISÉRABLES 25th anniversary concert was released on Monday, November 29, 2010 in the UK. PBS will air the concert March 6th.

Read the full Entertainment Weekly article here.