Les Misérables, the musical based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo, features music by Claude-Michel Shönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer.
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 stealing a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him to, but he is relentlessly tracked by a police inspector.
Along the way, Valjean and a number of characters are swept into France's revolution, in which a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.
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