Synopsis/Musical Numbers in Show
PROLOGUE: TOULON, 1815
Fantine wanders to the red light district, where she finds her self among sailors and prostitutes. She sells her necklace and her hair, and then becomes a prostitute to earn money for her daughter. When she refuses to allow a street idler, Bamatabois, to purchase her services, he is so enraged that he lies to Javert, claiming she attacked him. The Mayor (Valjean) comes to Fantine's aid and learns that she is only in her present circumstance because he turned his back on her at his factory. When he realises that she and her daughter are innocent victims, he demands that Javert release her.
THE INN AT MONTFERMEIL
PARIS, TEN YEARS LATER
At a political meeting in a small caf é, a group of idealistic students prepare for the revolution they are sure will erupt on the death of General Lamarque. Gavroche then brings the news of the General’s death and the students, led by Enjolras, stream out into the streets to whip up popular support. Only Marius is distracted by thoughts of the mysterious Cosette.
Cosette, has also fallen in love with Marius. Valjean realises that his “daughter” is changing very quickly but refuses to tell her anything of her past. In spite of her own feelings for Marius, Eponine sadly brings him to Cosette, and then prevents an attempt by her father’s gang to rob Valjean’s house. Valjean, convinced it was Javert who was lurking outside the house tells Cosette they must prepare to leave the country. Meanwhile, on the eve of the revolution, the students and Javert see the situation from their different viewpoints; Cosette and Marius part in despair of ever meeting again; Eponine mourns the loss of Marius; and Valjean looks forward to the security of exile – The Thenardiers on the other hand dream of rich pickings from the chaos to come!
The students prepare to build the barricade, assessing the strength of their adversaries and hoping that the people will support them. Eponine appears; Marius tries to send her away, fearing for her life. She says his concern shows he does care about her. He asks her to take a letter to Cosette, but this is intercepted at the Rue Plumet by Jean Valjean. Valjean reads the letter, learning of Marius's feelings for Cosette, and in which Marius says goodbye to Cosette in case he dies in battle.
The students rest and reflect on their friendship and days gone by, and in the quiet of the night, Valjean prays to God to save Marius from the onslaught which is to come. The next day, with ammunition running low, Gavroche tries to run out to collect more ammunition, and is shot; this stirs the students even more, but in a ferocious final battle, they are all killed, including their leader, Enjolras. Only Marius and Valjean survive. Valjean carries the wounded Marius into the Paris sewers to escape, before Javert can find him. In the sewers, Thenardier is up to his old tricks again and robbing the corpses including a ring from Marius whilst he and Valjean are barely conscious, but Thenardier recognises him and runs away.
The women of Paris mourn the dead students, saying that nothing has changed as the result of their deaths. Marius sings a song of mourning for his dead companions. He begs their forgiveness for the fact that he survived. As he recovers, Marius tells Cosette that he still doesn't know who saved him at the barricade and they plan to marry. Valjean confesses the truth of his past to Marius and insists that after the young couple are married, he must go away rather than taint the sanctity and safety of their union.
On the wedding day, the uninvited Thenardiers blag their way in, and try to blackmail Marius – Thenardier claims that Cosette's “father” is a murderer and as proof produces the ring he stole from the corpse in the sewers. It is of course Marius’s ring, and he realises that it was Valjean who rescued him that night. He strikes Thenardier, throwing money at him, and he and Cosette leave to go to Valjean. The Thenardiers celebrate that in spite of everything, they have survived.
Valjean is alone in a room, dying, and having visions of Fantine. Marius and Cosette burst into his room, and Marius reveals to Cosette that he now knows her father saved his life. Valjean tells her the truth about her mother. His vision of Fantine is joined by a vision of Eponine. As he dies, Valjean and his visions remind Cosette of the everlasting power of love telling her that "to love another person is to see the face of God."
The entire company sings of "the music of a people who are climbing to the light. For the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."
|Prologue||The Chain Gang, Valjean, Javert, Farmer, Labourer,|
Bishop Of Digne & Constables
|At The End Of The Day||Foreman Fantine, Valjean & Ensemble|
|I Dreamed A Dream||Fantine|
|The Docks ("Lovely Ladies")||Sailors, Prostitutes, Old Woman, Fantine, Pimp, Bamatabois, Javert & Valjean|
|The Cart Crash (including "Who Am I?")||Valjean, Fauchevelant, Javert & Bystanders|
|Fantine's Death||Fantine, Valjean & Javert|
|Little Cosette ("Castle On A Cloud")||Young Cosette & Madame Thenardier|
|The Innkeeper's Song ("Master Of The House")||Thenardier, Madame Thenardier & Ensemble|
|The Bargain||Thenardier, Madame Thenardier & Valjean|
|The Beggars||Gavroche, Enjolras, Marius, Urchin & Ensemble|
|The Robbery||Thenardier, Madame Thenardier, Marius, Eponine, Valjean, Javert & Ensemble|
|The ABC Cafe||Feuilly, Courfeyrac, Enjolras, Joly, Grantaire, Lesgles, Marius & Gavroche|
|The People's Song|
("Do You Hear The People Sing")
|Enjolras, Courfeyrac, Joly, Feuilly, Grantaire, Lesgles & Marius|
|Rue Plumet (including "In My Life")||Cosette, Valjean, Marius & Eponine|
|A Heart Full Of Love||Marius, Cosette & Eponine|
|The Attack On Rue Plumet||Montparnasse, Babet, Brujon, Claquesous, Thenardier, Eponine, Marius, Valjean & Cosette|
|One Day More||Valjean, Marius, Cosette, Eponine, Enjolras, Javert, Thenardier, Mme Thenardier & Ensemble|
|The Barricade (including "On My Own")||Enjolras, Javert, Marius, Eponine, Valjean, Army Officer|
|Javert At The Barricade|
(including "Little People" & "A Little Fall Of Rain")
|Joly, Javert, Gavroche, Grantaire, Courfeyrac, Feuilly, Legles, Enjolras, Marius, Eponine & Valjean|
|The First Attack||Joly, Enjolras, Feuilly, Lesgles, Courfeyrac, Grantaire, Valjean, Marius & Javert|
|The Night (including "Drink With Me" & "Bring Him Home")||Feuilly, Joly, Grantaire, Marius, Lesgles, Valjean, Enjolras, Courfeyrac & Ensemble|
|The Second Attack||Enjolras, Feuilly, Marius, Enjolras, Valjean, Gavroche, Lesgles, Courfeyrac & Joly|
|The Final Battle||Army Officer, Enjolras, Joly, Feuilly, Grantaire, Marius,|
Valjean & Courfeyrac
|Javert's Suicide/Turning||Valjean, Javert & Mourning Women|
|The Cafe Song ("Empty Chairs At Empty Tables")||Marius|
|Marius & Cosette (including " A Heart Full Of Love (Reprise)")||Marius, Cosette & Valjean|
|The Wedding||Major D'Omo, Thenardier, Madame Thenardier & Marius|
|Epilogue (including "Bring Him Home (Reprise)")||Valjean, Fantine, Marius, Cosette, Eponine & Ensemble|