LUDLOW, Vt. – Friends of Ludlow Auditorium (FOLA) will feature the musical, “Les Miserables,” on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. “Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary” was performed at the O2 in North Greenwich, London, England on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010.
It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French-language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, alongside an English-language libretto with accompanying English-language lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The London production has run continuously since October 1985, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world after the original Off-Broadway run of “The Fantasticks.”
It features Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Norm Lewis as Javert, Lea Salonga as Fantine, Nick Jonas as Marius, Katie Hall as Cosette, Ramin Karimloo as Enjolras, Samantha Barks as Éponine, Mia Jenkins as Young Cosette, Robert Madge as Gavroche, Matt Lucas and Jenny Galloway as the Thénardiers, and Earl Carpenter as the Bishop of Digne.
Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables” is set in early 19th-century France. It is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
The musical is open to everyone and is free; donations are appreciated. Information is available at 802-228-7239 and the FOLA web site, www.fola.us.