With the exception of The Producers
and The Book of Mormon
, there probably hasn’t been a modern, non-Andrew Lloyd Webber-related stage musical as beloved as Les Miserables
. The adaptation of Victor Hugo’s sprawling novel of redemption and revolution is the third-longest-running musical in Broadway history, and at the time this Tom Hooper-directed film version hit screens, the London production was still going strong after nearly 30 years in the West End.
The story follows former prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who, after being released from the watchful eye of police officer Javert (Russell Crowe), is unable to find work because of h...