Whether it's to fall in love with the musical again or to hear it for the first time, here are five reasons to discover “Les Mis” in a whole new way while watching the 25th anniversary show available via video streaming on BroadwayHD.
1. Watch Tony Award-Winner Lea Salonga Star as Fantine
Filipina singer/actress Lea Salonga is best known for her roles in musical theater. First, at age 18, she originated the lead role of Kim in the musical “Miss Saigon” in the West End and then on Broadway, becoming the first Asian woman to win a Tony Award for the role. Salonga was also the first actress of Asian descent to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in “Les Misérables” on Broadway.
2. Witness Norm Lewis, The First African-American Javert
Norm Lewis perhaps is best known for his roles in the popular musical productions “Porgy and Bess” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” making musical theater history as the first African-American actor to perform in the title role in Broadway's long-running production of Phantom of the Opera. Lewis has played Javert in Les Misérables several times. He first starred in the role in the 2006 Broadway revival, making him the first African-American actor to play the role in a professional English production.
3. Hear “Bring Him Home” Like Never Before
"Bring Him Home" is one of the most celebrated and well-known numbers from the musical and has been sung in a dozen languages all over the world. Experience it again by watching the unforgettable 25th anniversary concert encore performance when all four Jean Valjeans come together to sing “Bring Him Home.”
4. Enjoy Some Nick Jonas Eye Candy
Nicholas Jerry Jonas whose career began with the highly-successful family singing group The Jonas Brothers, has since graduated to a mega-superstar of his own right. Jonas began his acting career at the tender age of seven appearing in musicals “A Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hairspray.” Watch this heartthrob up close and personal on BroadwayHD as he flexes his acting chops as Marius Pontmercy.
5. Grab Front Row Seats to See the Original Jean Valjean
Les Misérables composer Claude-Michel Schönberg revealed that the song “Bring Him Home” was written specifically for the production’s original Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson. After celebratory speeches from the musical’s creators and producers watch Wilkinson join the performance with students from school productions of “Les Misérables” entering the arena through the audience to join the cast for “The Finale” of the 25th anniversary performance.
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