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Song du Jour

Benedictine Thoughts, Teachings, and Prayers

Les Miserables: Part I

January 28, 2013

Once upon a time, in the year 1862, which was 150 years ago, an author by the name of Victor Hugo, wrote one of the longest novels in history. In the original French language, the book totaled 1900 pages whereas when translated into the English language, it totaled 1400 pages with 365 chapters. When the novel was released, Hugo at the time was in political exile in England and wondered how the book was selling? He telegraphed his publisher, who replied…”the book went on to sell 9,000 bazillion copies worldwide. An interesting fact is that our Confederate soldiers loved it and called themselves “Lee’s Miserables” toward the end of the Civil War. According to Paste Magazine, the statistics given on this timeless novel are:


 ~ there are 11 major and 40 + characters

~ this book inspired the creating of 61 films

~ the source of countless dramatic adaptations

~ spawned a Broadway musical which has played in 42 countries, in 21 languages, which was seen globally by more than 60 million people in 6,680 performances (7 of which I had seen with the New York cast)

~ it closed on May 18, 2003 in New York with many tears shed

~ it was the second longest running Broadway musical since Cats

~ three years after it closed, due to popular demand, it was revived on November 9, 2006 which was limited but became open-ended

~ the revival closed on January 6, 2008 bringing the total to 7,176 shows

~ it is set to return to Broadway in early 2014 for another Revival

~ usually, a Broadway musical can only be made into a movie when the show closes…this has never been known to happen…unheard of

~ below you will see 50 musical numbers (which consisted of full vocal selections along with recitative sections that connected the music)


What makes the musical movie so incredible is that these 50 musical numbers are interwoven throughout the production which was a monumental task in keeping the running time of the movie to 2 hrs 37 min.


  1. "Look Down" – Chain Gang, Javert, Valjean
  2. "On Parole" – Valjean, Bishop of Digne
  3. "Valjean Arrested, Valjean Forgiven" – Bishop of Digne
  4. "Valjean's Soliloquy" – Valjean
  5. "At the End of the Day" – Poor, Foreman, Workers, Factory Women, Fantine, Valjean
  6. "The Runaway Cart" – Valjean, Javert
  7. "Lovely Ladies" – Sailors, Old Woman, Fantine, Crone, Whores, Pimp, Toothman
  8. "I Dreamed a Dream" – Fantine
  9. "Fantine's Arrest" – Bamatabois, Fantine, Javert, Valjean
  10. "Who Am I? / The Trial" – Valjean
  11. "Come to Me (Fantine's Death)" – Fantine, Valjean
  12. "The Confrontation" – Javert, Valjean
  13. "Castle on a Cloud" – young Cosette, Mme. Thénardier
  14. "Master of the House" – Thénardier, Mme. Thénardier, Inn Patrons
  15. "The Bargain / The Thénardier Waltz of Treachery" – Thénardier, Valjean, Mme. Thénardier, young Cosette
  16. "Suddenly" – Valjean
  17. "Stars" – Javert
  18. "Look Down" – Gavroche, Beggars, Enjolras, Marius
  19. "The Robbery" – Thénardier, Mme. Thénardier, Éponine, Valjean
  20. "Javert's Intervention" – Javert, Thénardier
  21. "Éponine's Errand" – Éponine, Marius
  22. "ABC Café / Red and Black" – Students, Enjolras, Marius, Grantaire, Gavroche
  23. "Rue Plumet / In My Life" – Cosette, Valjean, Marius, Éponine
  24. "A Heart Full of Love" – Marius, Cosette, Éponine
  25. "The Attack on Rue Plumet" – Thénardier, Thieves, Éponine
  26. "On My Own" – Éponine
  27. "One Day More" – Valjean, Marius, Cosette, Éponine, Enjolras, Thénardier, Mme. Thénardier, Gavroche, Cast of Les Misérables
  28. "Do You Hear the People Sing?" – Enjolras, Grantaire, Students, Beggars
  29. "Building the Barricade (Upon These Stones)" – Enjolras, Javert, Marius, Éponine, Valjean
  30. "At the Barricade (Upon These Stones)" – Enjolras, Students, Army Officer
  31. "Javert's Arrival" – Javert, Enjolras
  32. "Little People" – Gavroche, Students, Enjolras, Javert
  33. "The First Attack" – Enjolras, Grantaire, Students, Valjean, Javert
  34. "A Little Fall of Rain" – Éponine, Marius
  35. "Night of Anguish" – Enjolras, Marius, Valjean, Students
  36. "Drink With Me" – Grantaire, Marius, Gavroche, Students
  37. "Bring Him Home" – Valjean
  38. "Dawn of Anguish" – Enjolras, Students
  39. "The Second Attack" (Death of Gavroche) – Gavroche, Enjolras, Marius, Valjean, Feuilly, Students
  40. "The Final Battle" – Army officer, Enjolras, Grantaire, Students
  41. "Javert's Suicide" – Javert
  42. "Turning" – Parisian women
  43. "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" – Marius
  44. "Every Day / A Heart Full of Love [Reprise]" – Marius, Cosette, Valjean, Gillenormand
  45. "Valjean's Confession" – Valjean, Marius
  46. "Suddenly [Reprise]" – Marius, Cosette
  47. "Wedding Chorale" – Chorus, Marius, Thérnardier, Mme. Thérnardier
  48. "Beggars at the Feast" – Thénardier, Mme. Thénardier
  49. "Valjean's Death" – Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, Marius, Bishop of Digne
  50. "Do You Hear the People Sing? [Reprise]" – The Cast of Les Misérables


After now prefacing all of the statistics of this incredible novel, turned musical, and now turned motion picture, I will proceed in relating to you how I feel personally as to why this musical score will never collect any dust in the Broadway musical archives next week in PART II.


“That in all things God may be glorified”

Sr. Jo-El McLaughlin, OSB

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