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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  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.

  5. I just got back, I enjoyed this very much and it was nice to get a chance to meet with @Mike Frezon .

    I think this was by far the best performed filmed version of Les Mis since the Tenth Anniversary Concert. All of the actors were at least competent in their roles and you didn't get dreadful performances like Nick Jonas in the 25th anniversary concert and Russell Crowe and Eddie Redmayne in the movie.

    There is a 10 minute intermission followed by ads for related CDs, UK concert tours, West End shows, and the trailer for the upcoming Cats movie. They also showed a featurette which was somewhat confusing because it wasn't always clear if they were talking about the concert that we were currently watching or the new version of the play which is soon to open at the Sondheim.

  6. Wayne_j

    I just got back, I enjoyed this very much and it was nice to get a chance to meet with @Mike Frezon .

    I think this was by far the best performed filmed version of Les Mis since the Tenth Anniversary Concert. All of the actors were at least competent in their roles and you didn't get dreadful performances like Nick Jonas in the 25th anniversary concert and Russell Crowe and Eddie Redmayne in the movie.

    There is a 10 minute intermission followed by ads for related CDs, UK concert tours, West End shows, and the trailer for the upcoming Cats movie. They also showed a featurette which was somewhat confusing because it wasn't always clear if they were talking about the concert that we were currently watching or the new version of the play which is soon to open at the Sondheim.

    Yes! I FINALLY got to meet @Wayne_j ! I wished I had seen you AFTER the performance Wayne, so we could have done a debriefing!

    But Peg and I agree completely with your observations. I would add that it is hard for me, personally, to compare anyone in the role of Eponine with Lea Salonga. She can do NO wrong in my eyes. Amazingly, I think Samantha Barks held up pretty well in my eyes in comparison to Salonga. The young lady in this production, however, not so much. The strongest performer, for me, was the young fella who played Enjolras. He (unfortunately, I don't know his name) is heading off to play Javert in the new West End production. He was clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the people in this concert–including Michael Ball and Alfred Bois.

    Peg and I both felt that we really got nothing new from this experience that we hadn't already seen in the 10th or 25th anniversary concerts–or the film–or the Broadway production we took-in circa 2000. But we still enjoyed it.

  7. These concerts have always had great Enjolares's. The guy for the 25th was the same guy who played phantom for the 25th anniversary event and originated the Phantom in Love Never Dies. Since then he starred as Valjean in the new Broadway version of Les Mis.

  8. Wayne_j

    The guy for the 25th

    Ramin Karimloo. I met him once after a cabaret concert that he did. There was a huge line — I think literally everyone who went to the show stayed to meet him and get an autograph. Because of this, the organizers were enforcing a one-item-per-person policy, so I asked for Phantom to be signed (where he was the lead) rather than Les Miserables. He wouldn't have any reason to remember me at this point, but he was very nice and took the time to talk to me for a minute, asked my name and personalized it to me. This impressed me because, given the length of his line, he very easily could have just scribbled something on there and asked us to move along, but I really felt like I got something special there.

    And before him, in the 10th anniversary, Enjoras was played by Michael Maguire.

  9. It looks like they edited out part of the following clip at around 4 minutes in.

    The part where Michael Ball messes up Marius's part in One Day More. I think he would be able to pull it off if he trained it for a bit, but would probably never be as automatic for him as it was in his youth.

  10. Wayne_j

    It looks like they edited out part of the following clip at around 4 minutes in.

    No, they didn't edit it out. That's impossible because the clip you posted is from a different performance.

    The final performance of the concert, which was added to the run for the purposes of filming it, took place on December 2.

    This video is dated December 1.

    The curtain speech is also different than what was said today.

    So, clearly they are different performances and Ball got it right for the day that was filmed.

  11. Wayne_j

    It looks like they edited out part of the following clip at around 4 minutes in.

    No, they didn't edit it out. That's impossible because the clip you posted is from a different performance.

    The final performance of the concert, which was added to the run for the purposes of filming it, took place on December 2.

    This video is dated December 1.

    The curtain speech is also different than what was said today.

    So, clearly they are different performances and Ball got it right for the day that was filmed.

  12. glad to know, thanks for that info. To confuse things that same audience member was at the taping because other video she shot was marked as the December 2nd performance and matched exactly what I saw in the theater.

  13. In a somewhat related note, last night I watched my imported Blu-Ray of the 2014 25th anniversary London revival of Miss Saigon. It was very well done. It features a great post curtain call event with Lea Salonga, Jonathan Price and Simon Bowman who performed several songs from the show.

    Miss Saigon was the only musical that I have actually seen on broadway. My High School orchestra did a field trip in the early 90's.

  14. For anyone who is curious, here is a walk through video which shows what the Sondheim Theatre (where the new production of Les Mis in London is now playing) looks like following its restoration. The concert version was designed to keep the show running while the former Queen's Theatre was refurbished into the Sondheim.

    Still no date yet for a U.S. disc release of the concert.

  15. Not completely related, but he did come up previously in this thread. I have been listening to various Ramin Karimloo songs on Apple Music and I find him to be a complete vocal chameleon. His voice is different if he is playing The Phantom or Valjean and in his cover of "From Now On" from The Greatest Showman almost all of his vibrato disappears. This is in distinct contrast to singers like Alfie Boe or Michael Ball who keep the same distinctive voice no matter what they sing.

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