History Theatre / LesMiserables

18th Mar '18 10:07:47 AM johnnye
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The result was what can only be called a bona fide musical theatre phenomenon. The show opened at the Creator/RoyalShakespeareCompany's Barbican Theatre in 1985, and has been running [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAr7n6i-lds without interruption ever since.]] It debuted on Broadway two years later, where it won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. "''[[FanNickname Les Mis]]''" is not only the fourth-[[LongRunners longest-running]] musical in Broadway history, but the longest-running musical in the world, with the West End production alone having played an astounding 10,000+ performances.

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The result was what can only be called a bona fide musical theatre phenomenon. The show opened at the Creator/RoyalShakespeareCompany's Barbican Theatre in 1985, and has been running [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAr7n6i-lds without interruption ever since.]] It debuted on Broadway two years later, where it won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. "''[[FanNickname Les Mis]]''" is not only the fourth-[[LongRunners longest-running]] musical in Broadway history, but the longest-running longest still-running musical in the world, with the West End production alone having played an astounding 10,000+ performances.



* {{Pun}}: Victor Hugo is well known for his puns. "Les Amis de l'ABC" is one of them: the French pronunciation makes you read "ABC" as "Abaissé", the ones who are "down", meaning the people, thus making them "The Friends of the People".

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* {{Pun}}: Victor Hugo is well known for his puns. "Les Amis de l'ABC" is one of them: the French pronunciation makes you read "ABC" as "Abaissé", the ones who are "down", meaning the people, "abased", thus making them "The Friends of the People".Downtrodden".
18th Mar '18 9:57:03 AM johnnye
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* IllGirl: Fantine is reduced to a "ghost of herself," suffering from a never-exactly-named disease, and acts as a motivator for Valjean to go and retrieve her daughter, and then disappears from the story.

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* IllGirl: Fantine is reduced to a "ghost of herself," suffering from a never-exactly-named disease, and acts as a motivator for Valjean to go and retrieve her daughter, and then disappears from the story.dies.


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* NotSoDifferent: Valjean and Javert, from the consonants in their names onward. In "The Confrontation" they both sneer at each other for "knowing nothing of" one another's lives, and Javert reveals he also grew up in poverty; later, Javert's final song echoes the tune and several lines of Valjean's ThatManIsDead declaration in "What Have I Done."
17th Mar '18 7:58:18 AM johnnye
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* LogicBomb: Javert's breakdown is sometimes seen as this, but it's played with: Javert ''expects'' that Valjean will demand his own freedom as a condition of sparing his life, which would create a conflict of interest in Javert, but would also confirm his image of Valjean as a criminal opportunist (who merely draws the line at murder). Javert wouldn't really struggle with such a dilemma, as he'd choose the law over his own honour every time. When Valjean spares his life ''without condition'', that goes out the window: Javert has only one course of action under the law, and what drives him crazy is realising that for the first time in his life, he doesn't want to obey that law.



* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Comes into play several times. First of all, Valjean chooses to out himself in "Who Am I?" when he could have passed his whole life in peaceful anonymity. Then, When Valjean is given the duty of executing Javert as a spy. He could easily kill the only man who knows him personally enough to track him down but without even thinking about it this time, he fakes Javert's execution and lets him go free, giving him his address for good measure so the two of them can settle things later Many of Valjean's finest moments involve this trope.

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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Comes into play several times. First of all, Valjean chooses to out himself in "Who Am I?" when he could have passed his whole life in peaceful anonymity. Then, When Valjean is given the duty of executing Javert as a spy. He could easily kill the only man who knows him personally enough to track him down but without even thinking about it this time, he fakes Javert's execution and lets him go free, giving him his address for good measure so the two of them can settle things later later. Many of Valjean's finest moments involve this trope.
16th Mar '18 8:35:52 PM johnnye
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* ThatManIsDead: "Jean Valjean is nothing now!". Later he declares " I'm Jean Valjean!". The rest of the play deals with how he can reconcile who he was with who he had become.

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* ThatManIsDead: "Jean Valjean is nothing now!". Later he declares " I'm "I'm Jean Valjean!". The rest of the play deals with how he can reconcile who he was with who he had become.



* TogetherInDeath: What Éponine hopes will happen to her and Marius. [[spoiler: Sadly (for her), he survives.]]

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* TogetherInDeath: TogetherInDeath:
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What Éponine hopes will happen to her and Marius. [[spoiler: Sadly (for her), he survives.]]]]
** In a non-romantic version, [[spoiler:Fantine]] reappears to escort [[spoiler:Valjean]] to the afterlife.
19th Jan '18 10:07:35 PM HolisticWoodpecker
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* StillWearingTheOldColors: Thénardier wears a Napoleonic uniform at the start of the play as a remnant from his supposed days as a soldier (if by soldier you mean "guy who looted corpses on the battlefield").

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* StillWearingTheOldColors: Thénardier wears a Napoleonic uniform at the start of the play as a remnant from his supposed days as a soldier (if by soldier you mean "guy who looted corpses on the battlefield").soldier.
26th Dec '17 6:09:47 PM CJCroen1393
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Well, most of the cast is dead. But at least our Alpha Couple live happily ever after. And Valjean finally finds absolution at the end of his life. And the ghosts give us hope for a better future.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Well, most of the cast is dead.dead, the rebellion failed and the Thenardiers have gotten away with all their crimes (and will likely continue to do so). But at least our Alpha Couple live happily ever after. And Valjean finally finds absolution at the end of his life. And the ghosts give us hope for a better future.]]
17th Dec '17 11:32:22 AM DustSnitch
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* BadassGrandpa: Jean Valjean.
14th Nov '17 10:34:46 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* InsaneForgiveness: Valjean to Javert, when they meet at the barricade in Act II. Valjean has the right to kill Javert however he sees fit, but instead, lets him go, saying "You are free, and there are no conditions, no bargains, no petitions. There's nothing that I blame you for... you've [[JustFollowingOrders done your duty. Nothing more.]]" Keep in mind, he's including Javert's role in Valjean's imprisonment, and nearly twenty years' worth of pursuit. Later, Valjean will actually ''give'' Javert his home address, because he knows arresting him will be the only way Javert will ever find peace.
27th Oct '17 7:29:50 PM CJCroen1393
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* ExactWords: Thenardier wasn't lying when he said he served [[LethalChef "food beyond belief"]] or when he said he treated Cosette like [[AbusiveParent "one of [his] own"]].
4th Sep '17 4:38:31 PM AbsoluteSword
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* SuperStrength: In all versions of the musical (film included) Valjean's twenty years of slavery has toughened his muscles and sinews, allowing him to perform almost superhuman feats such as '''singlehandedy''' lifting a shipmast or a fallen cart that a '''dozen''' men cannot even ''budge'', and effortlessly carrying grown loved ones across his shoulders to safety while running at a brisk pace.
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