March 12th marks the 25th anniversary of the Broadway debut of one of the world’s most beloved and longest-running musicals, Les Misérables. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and set against the backdrop of rising civil unrest in 19th-century France, the story follows Jean Valjean, a paroled prisoner who struggles to rise above his impoverished and criminal status while hiding from the policeman Javert.
After the original French-language production closed in 1980, composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyricists Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, librettist Herbert Kretzmer, and producer Cameron Mackintosh brought an adapted English-language production to the London stage, where it premiered in October 1985.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of this remarkable work’s Broadway premiere, The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a selection of materials from our collection. This exhibit will run through the end of March.