Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert: Special Limited Edition - Preview
Preview by Jack Foley
TO CELEBRATE the 25th anniversary of the world’s longest running musical, Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert: Special Limited Edition will be available on DVD from November 7, 2011.
Including the incredible 25th Anniversary Concert plus over 40 minutes of unseen footage, a limited edition anniversary key ring and souvenir booklet, this is a must-have for fans of one of the most popular musicals of all time, as well as the perfect Christmas gift.
Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert: Special Limited Edition perfectly captures the spectacular concert that reunites the original cast and celebrates a show seen by nearly 60 million people, has been translated into 42 productions across the globe with over 45,000 staged performances.
Get a feel of the excitement backstage with a personal tour by Matt Lucas, including his private singing lesson with tenor star Alfie Boe.
Witness the magical Sitzprobe as the cast rehearses with the orchestra of the 25th Anniversary Concert for the first time and meet the faces behind the magic as Matt Lucas meets the set designer.
With a star-studded cast that includes Classical Brit® Award nominee Alfie Boe (La Boheme, Kismet), musical and film star Norm Lewis (Sex and the City 2, Chicago), international pop sensation Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) and BAFTA and Emmy® Award winning TV funnyman, Matt Lucas (Little Britain), Universal Pictures (UK) is delighted to present Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 released on Special Limited Edition DVD November 7, 2011.
The Special Limited Edition also features the incredible talents of Tony® Award winning Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) Lawrence Olivier® Award winning Jenny Galloway (Mamma Mia, Electra, A Midsummer’s Nights Dream), Ramin Karimloo (Love Never Dies, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon) and Samantha Barks (BBC1’s I’d Do Anything, Oliver!).
The O2 production is astonishing in its size and ambition with the huge arena having played host to some of the biggest rock and pop concerts including, Lady Gaga, U2 and The Rolling Stones.
It’s only fitting that this is the setting for the celebratory musical production which has spawned international hits such as I Dreamed a Dream and On My Own.
About the show
Based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name, set in early 19th Century France , the show features the stories of the characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution.
The Tony® Award winning score features the song I Dreamed a Dream, sung as a solo by the character Fantine during the first act.
Numerous professional artists have recorded cover versions since the musical’s premiere in October 1985, including Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Elaine Paige, Susan Boyle and most recently as a duet between Idina Menzel and Lea Michele on the TV show Glee.
There have been almost 40 cast recordings of Les Misérables including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and the recently released live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production.
The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold millions of copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos ever in the UK.
There are over 2,500 productions of the Les Misérables School ’s Edition scheduled or being performed by over 125,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.
Cameron Mackintosh is currently developing a film of Les Misérables with Working Title and Universal, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
Special limited edition includes…
The incredible 25th Anniversary Concert
The BBC Documentary “Matt Lucas Dreams The Dream”
Limited Edition Anniversary Key Ring
Souvenir Booklet of the Anniversary
And over 40 minutes of unseen footage