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Les Misérables celebrates its 21st Birthday on 8 October 2006

5 October 2006
Les Miserables
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Les Misérables celebrates its 21st Birthday on 8 October 2006 at the Queen's Theatre in London becoming the World's longest running musical and overtaking the record previously held by Cats. On 24 October 2006 Les Misérables returns to Broadway with its 6,681st performance.
To celebrate its 21st birthday a specially edited 90-minute version of the show has been recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the current London cast. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on 8 October.
To date there have been over 42,000 professional performances of Les Misérables worldwide. It has been seen by 10,953,665 people in London and 54 million people worldwide. Grossed Pounds Sterling206,689,372 at the London Box Office and over Pounds Sterling1.4 billion worldwide.
The famous revolve has made 216,275 complete turns in London alone, equating to over 4,168 miles or the distance from London to Chicago. If you add the complete revolves worldwide it is a staggering 39,851.33 miles! (The circumference of the earth is only 24,859.82 miles). The London Jean Valjeans have stolen over 8,000 loaves of bread. The London cast have fired more than 60,000 gunshots. Over 500 children have played the roles of Gavroche, Young Cosette and Young Eponine in London. Each performance of Les Misérables entails some 392 complete costumes consisting of some 1782 items of clothing and 31 wigs. During the 21 year run of the London production the Wardrobe department has washed 81,900 loads of washing, used 4,914kgs of washing powder, 13,104 cans of spray starch and ironed 327,600 shirts. The Wigs department has used 2,184 cans of hairspray and 1,092 bottles of wig glue. It takes 4 people to change Cosette from her black dress to her wedding dress in less than a minute. The drummer for Les Misérables in London was at the very first orchestra rehearsal at the Barbican in 1985 and is still playing in the show to this day!
Les Misérables will be the first major production of a western musical in the Chinese language when it opens in 2008; co-produced by Cameron Mackintosh and the Shanghai Grand Theatre it will launch an initiative between Cameron Mackintosh and the cities of Shanghai and Beijing to create the musical theatre industry in China. The Les Misérables Schools Edition was launched in the USA on 10 May 2001 at Holy Trinity High School, Hicksville, New York and in the UK on 14 October 2002 at Stanwell School, Cardiff. Since then there have been over 1,000 schools productions in America and nearly 400 schools productions in the UK with over 76,000 students making the show their own. Les Misérables has won over 50 major theatre awards, the most recent being the BBC Radio 2 Award for The Nation's Most Popular Musical. In 2005 the Guinness Book of Records confirmed that Les Misérables has had more concurrent productions (15 at one time) than any other musical in history. The New York production of Les Misérables is currently the third longest running musical in Broadway history. The longest is The Phantom of the Opera and the second longest Cats - all shows produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Seven US Presidents have seen Les Misérables: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.
A song from the show "One Day More" was used for Bill Clinton's 1992 US presidential campaign. 64 professional companies have opened Les Misérables in: London, Washington/Broadway, Tokyo (3 companies & Japan concert tour company), Tel Aviv (2 productions), Budapest (2 productions), U.S National 1, U.S National 2, U.S bus and truck, Sydney, Reykjavik, Oslo, Vienna, Toronto, Gydnia, Melbourne, Stockholm, Montreal, Amsterdam, Odense, Paris, Prague (2 productions), Madrid, Copenhagen, U.K. tour (2 companies), Manila, Duisburg, South East Asia, Karlstad, Aalborg, Australia national tour, Antwerp, Aarhus, Helsinki, Buenos Aires, Gothenburg, Malmo, Bonn, Sao Paulo, Chemnitz, Estonia, Gyor, Detmold, Shanghai, Korea, Mexico, Saarbruecken, Dessau, Bolmo, Berlin, Danish tour, Luneburg, Regensburg, Trondheim, Tecklenburg, Staatz and Mastodonterne. Productions have played in 38 countries and 249 cities: The countries include: England, United States of America, Japan, Israel, Hungary, Australia, Iceland, Norway, Austria, Canada, Poland, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, New Zealand, France, the Czech Republic, Spain, Northern Ireland, Eire, Scotland, Wales, Bermuda, Malta, Philippines, Mauritius, Singapore, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, South Africa, Belgium, Finland, Argentina, Brazil, Estonia, China and Mexico.
Les Misérables has been translated into 21 different languages: English, Japanese, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, German, Polish, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, French, Czech, Castillian, Mauritian Creole, Flemish, Finnish, Argentinian, Portuguese, Estonian and Mexican Spanish. There have been 33 cast recordings of Les Misérables (including albums, singles and the symphonic). Both the original Broadway cast album and the symphonic recording won Grammy Awards. The biggest single live audience for Les Misérables to date was 125,000 at the 1989 Australia day concert in Sydney. The biggest broadcast audience was when 250 Les Misérables cast members sang at the 1996 European football championship, televised to 400 million viewers in 197 countries.
Les Misérables celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its world premiere on 8 October 1995 with a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The concert starred the original "Jean Valjean", Colm Wilkinson, who led a company of 250 artists and 100 musicians. The specially arranged finale featured 17 different Jean Valjeans from around the world singing in many of the languages in which the show has been performed. The 10th Anniversary was filmed for television and has since been seen by over four million viewers in the UK. The video has gone on to sell over 1.7 MILLION copies worldwide. A special double disc collectors edition DVD was released in the UK in November 2005. On 18 November 2004 a special concert performance was given at Windsor Castle in honour of the president of the French republic and Madame Jacques Chirac to celebrate the centenary of the Entente Cordiale.
The heart-wrenching musical is set amongst the social and political struggles of 18th century France, and has had 53 million people in 38 countries in floods of tears since its conception. The UK show's dramatic score includes lip-wobbling numbers On My Own, One More Day and Do You Hear The People Sing?
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the show is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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