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Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert At The O2

Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean in the "Les Misérables" anniversary concert at the O2 Arena in London.
Courtesy of Dan Wooller
Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean in the "Les Misérables" anniversary concert at the O2 Arena in London.

Airs Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 5 p.m. on KPBS TV

No one could have guessed on October 8, 1985 when "Les Misérables" opened in London at the Barbican Theatre that it would become a worldwide phenomenon. But audiences embraced it from the start, creating a “people’s musical” that has played in 42 countries and been seen by nearly 60 million people.

In 2010, the legendary musical celebrated its 25th birthday and to mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London. "Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert At The O2" will be seen in the U.S. for the first time in March 2011 on PBS.

With more than 500 actors and musicians — including Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Lea Salonga, Jenny Galloway and Katie Hall — "Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert At The O2" includes the casts of the long-running Original Production at London’s Queen’s Theatre and members of the Original 1985 London cast.

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Over 300 actors and musicians join cast members of the original 1985 London cast in celebration.