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Mon, Aug. 15 at 7pm - Les Miserables: 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2

WSIU-Les Miserables - 25th Anniversary Concert - The O2 Arena - 3rd October 2010
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Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), Colm Wilkinson (Jean Valjean), Ramin Karimloo (Enjolras) and Nick Jonas (Marius) during the curtain call for the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2 Arena, London, England on the 3rd October 2010. (Credit should read: Dan Wooller/wooller.com). Paid use only. No Syndication

No one could have guessed on October 8, 1985, when Les Misérables opened in London at the Barbican Theatre, that it would become a worldwide phenomenon. But audiences embraced it from the start, creating a “people’s musical” that has played around the world and has been seen by millions. In 2010, the legendary musical celebrated its 25th birthday, and to mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London.

First broadcast in 2011, LES MISÉRABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2 will have an encore broadcast as part of special programming on PBS stations. Tune in Mon, Aug. 15 at 7pm on the WSIU stations: WSIU 8.1, WUSI 16.1, WSEC 14.1, WQEC 27.1 and WMEC 22.2 or access the WSIU local broadcast livestream online at pbs.org or via the PBS Video app. Watch with WSIU Passport.

With more than 500 actors and musicians — including Alfie Boe, Jenny Galloway, Katie Hall, Nick Jonas, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Lea Salonga, Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo and Colm Wilkinson — LES MISÉRABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2 includes the October 2010 cast of the long-running Original Production at London’s Queen’s Theatre and members of the original 1985 London cast.

Based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name and set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables features the stories of individuals struggling for redemption and revolution. The magnificent score includes the 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.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton. The original London 1985 production of Les Misérables was adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

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