Photo Flash: The Celebration Continues! LES MISERABLES' 30th Birthday Event With Patti LuPone, Colm Wilkinson, Frances Ruffelle and More!
It's been 30 years since Claude-Michel Schönberg &Alain Boublil's phenomenon of a musical opened in London. Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on October 8, 1985. It transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 where it ran for 19 years before moving to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004 where it has already played for 11 years and looks set to at least equal the run at the Palace Theatre as it is still playing to standing room only. When Les Miserables celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by Cats in London's West End.
Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Miserables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The magnificent score includes the classic songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master Of The House" and many more.
Seen by 70 million people worldwide in 43 countries and in 22 languages, Les Miserables is undisputedly one of the world's most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe. The worldwide gross for Les Miserables is $2.5 billion. The 2012 Universal film version of Les Miserables co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title Films, is one of the most successful musical films ever, grossing more than $450 million. The film received the Golden Globe Award as Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) and received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won three Academy Awards. The film's soundtrack debuted at #1 on Billboard's Album chart and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
There have been 47 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production.
Check out the photos of the 30th Anniversary party below!
Photo Credit: Dan Wooller
Peter Lockyer and Colm Wilkinson
Patti LuPone and Rachelle Ann Go
Patti LuPone and Jonathan Pryce
Patti LuPone and John Owen Jones
Patti LuPone and Frances Ruffelle
Frances Ruffelle, Carrie Hope Fletcher, John Owen Jones, Colm Wilkinson, Peter Lockyer, Patti LuPone and Rachelle Ann Go
Frances Ruffelle, Caroline Quentin and Colm Wilkinson
Francess Ruffelle, Cameron Mackintosh and Patti LuPone
Frances Ruffelle and Carrie Hope Fletcher
Eliza Doolittle and Frances Ruffelle
Colm Wilkinson, Peter Lockyer and Jonathan Pryce
Claude Michel Schonberg, Frances Ruffelle and Alain Boubill
Alain Boubill, Cameron Mackintosh, Claude Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer