Les Miserables

...a starving child. Inspired by a bishop, he decides to start a new life and identity. Being mayor and factory owner some years later, he witnesses the unjust dismissal of one of his female workers who then becomes prostitute. Being wounded by one of her abusive customers, she is arrested by policeman named Javert who is exactly the policeman that is still looking for Valjean. Valjean reveals his true identity and takes his former female worker to the hospital. Before she dies she requests him to take care for her illegitimate daughter Cosette who lives with a wicked family. Valjean takes Cosette with him to Paris... more

 

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...to the hospital. Before she dies she requests him to take care for her illegitimate daughter Cosette who lives with a wicked family. Valjean takes Cosette with him to Paris.

Nine years later, in 1832, Paris is in upheaval because of the death of a General who was the only man in government showing mercy to the poor. The leader of the student revolt, Marius, falls in love with Cosette. Her wicked foster family meanwhile leads a robber gang. The policeman Javert who fights the robbers is still chasing Valjean. Valjean wants to flee the country with Cosette. However, upon learning about her love for Marius, he decides to go to the student revolt and search for Marius. Out of mercy, he frees the policeman Javert who was captured by the students. In the next morning, the soldiers attack and kill all the students except for Valjean who tries to take wounded Marius to the hospital. Shaken by the questions over his belief in absolute justice, policeman Javert commits suicide. Cosette and Marius marry and meet Valjean again just before he dies. As he dies, the spirits of Cosette's mother and the killed students guide him to heaven.

The Composer of Les Miserables

Claude-Michel Schoenberg (France, born 6 July 1944) composed Les Miserables in 1980. It is based on the novel with the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The original French lyrics are written by Alain Boublil, and the English libretto by Herbert Kretzmer.