Les Misérables – Do You Hear the People Sing

Les Misérables – Do You Hear the People Sing – Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg (sheet music, partition)

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Les misérables (the film)

Les Misérables (Les Misérables) is a 2012 British and French musical drama film produced by Working Title Films and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is based on the homonymous musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, which in turn is inspired by Les Misérables, an 1862 novel written by the Frenchman Victor Hugo.

The film was directed by Tom Hooper, with a script by William Nicholson, Boublil, Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer. It has an ensemble cast headed by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne.

It tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes the mayor of a village in France. Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but due to his status as a fugitive, he must avoid capture by police inspector Javert. The story spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political unrest, with the film culminating in France’s June 1832 Rebellion.

Development based on the musical began in the late 1980s. Following the musical’s 25th anniversary commemorative concert in October 2010, producer Cameron Mackintosh announced that he had resumed development on the film. Hooper and Nicholson were contacted in March 2011 and the main characters were cast in 2011.

Filming began in March 2012, taking place in various locations, including Greenwich, London, Chatham, Winchester and Portsmouth in Hampshire, England, at the the same as in the French city of Gourdon. It premiered in London on December 5, 2012, and was released on December 25 of the same year in the United States, on December 26 in Australia, and on January 11, 2013 in the United Kingdom.

The film has received mixed but generally positive reviews, with many critics praising the cast, especially the performance of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. The film received the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Comedy or Musical for Jackman, and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway. She also received four BAFTA Awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Hathaway).

It received eight nominations at the 85th Academy Awards, including Best Picture (the first musical nominated since 2002’s winner Chicago) and Best Actor for Jackman, winning three: Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup, and Best supporting actress for Hathaway.

Les Misérables received generally favorable reviews. It has a 70% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes out of 227 reviews, with a 9/10 rating under the consensus: ‘Impeccably staged but occasionally bombastic, Les Misérables succeeds largely thanks to the virtuoso performances of its filmmaker distinguished cast.

On Metacritic, the film earned an average score of 63 out of 100 based on 41 reviews, indicating ‘generally favorable reviews’. Due to the numerous deleted scenes in the film, various pages have been created, including: https://lesmisextendedversion.tumblr.com/ requesting signatures so that the directors decide to edit the full version of the film. Numerous fans of the film from around the world have joined this initiative, with the aim of obtaining a favorable response from managers.

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Les Misérables (the Musical)

Les Misérables or Les Misérables is a fully sung musical based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean -Marc Natel.

The show premiered in 1980 in Paris and five years later made the leap to London, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and adapted into English by Herbert Kretzmer. His Tony-winning score includes such well-known songs as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘On My Own’, ‘One Day More’, ‘Bring Him Home’ or ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’.

Set in early 19th century France, the musical tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict of extraordinary strength who seeks redemption after serving nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. Unable to get an honest job because of his past, Valjean finds his way thanks to the compassion of a kind bishop, who inspires him to break his probation and start a new life under a false identity, while suffering the relentless persecution of the inspector.

Javert through the years. Along the way, Valjean and a series of characters will find themselves involved in the middle of a revolution, in which a group of young students fight for their ideals in the streets of Paris.

Initially conceived as a concept album in French, the first staging of Les Miserables debuted in September 1980 at the Palais des Sports in Paris, where it ran until December of that same year.

In 1983, six months after Cats premiered on Broadway, producer Cameron Mackintosh received a copy of the French concept album from Hungarian director Peter Farago. Farago was impressed by the play and asked Mackintosh to produce an English version of the show. Initially reluctant, Mackintosh eventually agreed and together with the Royal Shakespeare Company assembled a creative team to adapt the musical for British audiences.

After two years of work, the English-language version of Les Misérables premiered on October 8, 1985, at the Barbican Center in London, then the headquarters of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The enormous success of the musical in the West End led to its arrival on Broadway.

The emblem of the musical is a portrait of the girl Cosette sweeping the Thénardiers’ inn (scene that takes place during the song ‘Castle on a Cloud’) with the flag of France superimposed. The image is based on an illustration by Émile Bayard that appeared in the first French editions of the original novel.


Act I

  • Overture – Instrumental (Orchestra)
  • Prologue: Work Song (“Look Down”) – Chain Gang, Javert and Valjean
  • Prologue: On Parole – Valjean, Farmer, Labourer, Innkeeper’s Wife and Innkeeper
  • Prologue: (The Bishop) Valjean Arrested, Valjean Forgiven – Constables and Bishop
  • Prologue: What Have I Done? – Valjean
  • At the End of the Day – Fantine, The Poor, Foreman, Workers, Factory Girls and Valjean
  • Lovely Ladies – Fantine, Sailors, Whores, Old Woman, Crone and Pimp
  • I Dreamed a Dream – Fantine
  • Fantine’s Arrest – Fantine, Bamatabois, Javert and Valjean
  • The Runaway Cart – Onlookers, Valjean, Fauchelevent and Javert
  • Who Am I? – Valjean
  • Fantine’s Death – Fantine and Valjean
  • The Confrontation – Javert and Valjean
  • Castle on a Cloud – Young Cosette and Madame Thénardier
  • Master of the House – Thénardier, Madame Thénardier and Chorus
  • The Well Scene – Valjean and Young Cosette
  • The Bargain / The Thénardier Waltz of Treachery – Thénardier, Valjean, Madame Thénardier and Young Cosette
  • Suddenly – Valjean (2012 film only)
  • The Convent (2012 film only)
  • Stars – Javert
  • Look Down – Beggars, Gavroche, Old Woman, Prostitute, Pimp, Enjolras and Marius
  • The Robbery / Javert’s Intervention – Thénardier, Madame Thénardier, Éponine, Marius, Valjean and Javert
  • Éponine’s Errand – Marius and Éponine
  • The ABC Café / Red and Black – Students, Enjolras, Marius, Grantaire and Gavroche
  • Do You Hear the People Sing? – Enjolras, Grantaire, Students and Beggars
  • In My Life – Cosette, Valjean, Marius and Éponine
  • A Heart Full of Love – Marius, Cosette and Éponine
  • The Attack on Rue Plumet – Thénardier, Thieves, Éponine, Marius, Valjean and Cosette
  • One Day More – Valjean, Marius, Cosette, Éponine, Enjolras, Javert, Thénardier, Madame Thénardier and Company

Act II

  • At the Barricade (Upon These Stones) – Enjolras, Javert, Marius, Éponine and Valjean
  • On My Own – Éponine
  • Building the Barricade (Upon These Stones) – Enjolras, Students and Army Officer
  • Javert’s Arrival – Javert and Enjolras
  • Little People – Gavroche, Students, Enjolras and Javert
  • A Little Fall of Rain – Éponine and Marius
  • Night of Anguish – Enjolras, Valjean and Students
  • The First Attack – Enjolras, Grantaire, Students, Valjean and Javert
  • Drink with Me – Grantaire and Marius
  • Bring Him Home – Valjean
  • Dawn of Anguish – Enjolras and Students
  • The Second Attack (Death of Gavroche) – Enjolras, Marius, Valjean, Grantaire, Gavroche and Students
  • The Final Battle – Army Officer, Grantaire, Enjolras and Students
  • The Sewers – Instrumental (Orchestra)
  • Dog Eats Dog (The Sewers) – Thénardier
  • Javert’s Suicide – Valjean and Javert
  • Turning – Women of Paris
  • Empty Chairs at Empty Tables – Marius
  • Every Day / A Heart Full of Love (Reprise) – Cosette, Marius and Valjean
  • Valjean’s Confession – Valjean and Marius
  • Suddenly (Reprise) – Marius and Cosette (2012 film only)
  • Wedding Chorale – Guests, Thénardier, Marius and Madame Thénardier
  • Beggars at the Feast – Thénardier and Madame Thénardier
  • Epilogue: Valjean’s Death – Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, Marius and Éponine
  • Finale: Do You Hear the People Sing (Reprise) – Full Company

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