Les Misérables staged concert coming to US cinemas for one night

On Sunday December 2nd for one night, a staged concert of Les Misérables will be broadcast live in cinemas across North America from the Gielgud Theatre in London. Many of you will be aware that Boublil & Schönberg’s musical has been staged as a concert before, but this is another chance to see it live and, according to the promoters UPHE and Trafalgar Releasing, there will be encore screenings taking place on Sunday, December 8. Tickets for what is titled Les Misérables – The Staged Concert will become available on November 8th from this website (www.LesMisConcert.com).

The show has already been seen by 120 million people worldwide, and represents one of the most popular musicals of all time. It still plays in many live theatres globally, has seen a slew of licensed revivals since 1985 and resulted in a filmed version in 2012. A 65-strong orchestra is augmented by cast members Michael Ball (Javert), Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Fantine) and Matt Lucas (Thénardier), who will perform, among others, crowd-pleasing songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More”, and “On My Own.”

Producer and theatrical impresario Cameron Mackintosh said, “The extraordinary sell-out success and response to our spectacular new theatrical concert staging of Les Misérables has been phenomenal so we are thrilled to add one final extra performance on December 2 which will be streamed LIVE to cinema audiences around North America. Starring our entirely brilliant London cast headed by Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas, our 16 week limited season at the Gielgud sold out in a few days but now you can storm the barricades to ensure you catch this thrilling live performance direct from the West End in a cinema near you. For the masses of disappointed fans who couldn’t get to see this amazing concert in London this live event will be a unique shared experience of thrilling drama, glorious music and sensational singing performed by an amazing all-star cast and orchestra of over 65 – the like of which you will have never seen before. If you have ever Dreamed a Dream – this is it!”

Cameron Mackintosh is responsible for presenting the concert of the show based on Victor Hugo’s novel with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, plus original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel.

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18 Comments

  1. This is probably my favorite musical but, honestly, I've never been a fan of watching these staged concerts. I love listening to the music and I even enjoy the soundtrack albums from these concerts. With that said, If I'm actually watching it, I want to see all the acting, sets and choreography that goes with the show. Not just people standing in front of microphones and doing a little acting. I'd gladly pay Broadway ticket prices to see a live broadcast of the actual stage show.

  2. The website http://www.lesmisconcert.com has been updated to say that the concert (being filmed December 2) will be in North American cinemas on December 8 and 11. So we will not be seeing it live streamed as the UK will be, but played back after the fact.

    It still only has a signup to be notified when tickets are on sale, so it doesn't appear they've finalized any bookings yet.

  3. I was surprised because I wasn't expecting them to go on sale until tomorrow, but both Cinemark and Fandango have a listing up and tickets are on sale now.

    The website for the concert itself has not yet been updated, but I just bought my ticket, so I know it's happening.

    The two showtimes are 11:30am on Sunday, December 8 at 11:30am and Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00pm. All theaters in my area are sticking to these times, so I initially thought maybe these were consistent throughout the country, although a friend of mine in Palm Springs reports that his theater has scheduled the December 8 show for 1:00. It is being priced as a special event, with my theater pricing tickets at $15.

    I bought mine for the Sunday show. 11:30 is a bit earlier than I would normally like, but I'll do it.

    If you buy your tickets on Fandango, make sure you're on the page that is listed as Les Miserables: The Staged Concert. There is also a separate listing for Les Miserables (2019), but that is an unrelated French movie that Amazon Studios will release later in the year which has nothing to do with this.

  4. It means that there will be minimal staging but they won't have all the blocking and scenic elements of the fully-produced show. This was designed as a limited run to keep Les Miserables running in London while the theatre where it is normally housed undergoes a much-needed renovation, so they moved over to another theatre in concert format for a few months while their normal home is getting refurbished. They'll reopen at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre later in December, and it will be a fully staged production again there.

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