Les Miserables (complete cast listings available upon request)



Official Cast Recordings


Original Antwerp Cast Recording 1CD (-R)

Complete Symphonic Recording 3CD

Original Broadway Cast Recording 2CD

Original Dutch Cast Recording 2CD

Original French Concept Recording 2CD (-R)

Original London Cast Recording 2CD

Manchester Cast Highlights 1CD (-R)

Paris Revival Cast 1991 2CD (-R)

Les Miserables – 10th Anniversary Cast Recording 2CD

Official Videos/Documentaries

Les Miserables In Concert : 10th Anniversary Dream Cast
London, 1995
Colm Wilkinson as Valjean, Philip Quast as Javert et al.
Professionally filmed for UK TV.
DVD (A+)

Stage By Stage Documentary - The Making of Les Miserables
Has some generation loss but still quite good. Has lots of footage of international productions and interviews with cast and crew.
DVD (B+)



Unofficial Audios


Cast List Goes: Les Miserables cast list goes: Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Marius, Eponine, Cosette, Enjolras, Thenardier, Mme Thenardier

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Brazil, Unknown Date (probably closing night)
Leonardo Luiz, Saulo Vasconcelos, Marcos Tumura, Alessandra Maestrini, Frederico Silveira
3-second pauses. Mostly soundboard-quality audio but for random spurts when vocals become echoey and far away. Unknown date, but most likely closing night, judging by the level of applause. Valjean is rather mediocre; he has a very light tenor voice, well-suited for little else than BHH. Saulo as Javert is wonderful, as is Fantine – boy, can she belt.
3CD (A-)

London, Oct. 1985
Colm Wilkinson, Roger Allam, Jill Martin, Michael Ball or Simon Bowman, Frances Ruffelle, Rebecca Caine, Alun Armstrong, Clive Carter (Grantaire)
Preview at the Barbican Theatre; transferred from cassette to CDs; missing "Confrontation," a few lines of "In My Life," and part of the final battle. Includes exit music. Decent sound for its age, some tape-warp at random times. Some different bits and rearranging of sections, especially the placement of “Stars” (the old lyrics are quite horrible, too).
3CD (C+)

Budapest (Rock Theatre), 1987 Gyula Vikidal, Pal Makrai, Kriszta Kovats, Sandor Sasvari, Aniko Nagy, Zsuzsa Csarnoy, Attila Kaszas, Lajos Csuha, Annamaria Prokai, Dora Szinetar (little Cosette)
SOUNDBOARD. Made by the sound technicians with a narrator reading out the backdrops detailing the changing timeline in the show, sounds like a professional recording. A few seconds of digital distortion during IDaD. Performance-wise, Gyula is perhaps the most miscast Valjean I’ve ever heard. He screams the high notes he can’t reach, and there are a lot of them...Who Am I? is downright painful. Kriszta’s belting is mediocre. Lajos’ Thenardier is a lot of fun, though.
3CD (A+)

Broadway, Feb. 28, 1987(or possibly Dec. 27, 1986)
Colm Wilkinson, Terrence Mann, Randy Graff, David Bryant, Frances Ruffelle, Judy Kuhn, Michael Maguire, Leo Burmester, Jennifer Butt
Second New York preview. I’ve seen another copy of what may be the same recording with the date 12.27.86, which would be the pre-New York tryouts at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center; presumably the complete OBC. VERY nice sound for its age with a little tape hiss; missing little chunks here and there on tape flips. Great performances from the entire cast and a very appreciative audience.
3CD (B)

Philadelphia, PA 1NT, Dec. 16, 1988
Craig Schulman, Charles Pistone, Hugh Panaro (Marius), Renee Veneziale (Eponine), Barbara Walsh (Cosette u/s), Joe Locarro (Enjolras), Neal Ben-Ari (Thenardier), Lantz Landry (Gavroche)
HIGHLIGHTS. From “Look Down” through half of “Turning”, a thousand curses for not having Empty Chairs. Some tape warp in places especially the second Act; some hiss and constant background rumbling. Still, fair for its age…and a funny moment where the audience applauds briefly after everybody dies.
2CD (B)

Tel Aviv, Israel, 1989
Dudu Fisher, Elior Yeyni, Ricky Gal, Avi Toledano, Shlomit Aharon, Tal Amir, Youval Dor, Albert Cohen, Tiki Dayan
Recorded professionally for a radio broadcast; a great cast; an announcer briefly describes what is going on between songs sometimes; complete except for missing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” which was replaced with a track from the official cast recording.
3CD (A)

Chicago, May 24, 1989
Craig Schulman, Charles Pistone, Ann Crumb or Hollis Resnick, Renee Veneziale or Jennifer Naimo, Peter Gunther (?), Melissa Errico
SOUNDBOARD. Thin sound and buzzing on loud notes with considerable analog hiss, which is expected because of its age. But all the vocals are well hooked up to the soundboard and are very clear. Around “Castle in the Cloud”, the audio gets much louder and a bit better quality. Numerous tape flips chop up “Heart Full of Love”. Originally listed with Hugh Panaro, but it is definitely not him, for one the voice is completely different and for two he was on Broadway at this time. Looking through cast lists, it was most likely Peter Gunther.
3CD (B)

London, August 12, 1989, matinee
Peter Karrie, Philip Quast, Grania Renihan, Mario Frangoulis, Jacinta Whyte (u/s), Janet Mooney (u/s), Michael Cantwell, Barry James, Gay Soper
Very good quality for its age. Has been remastered from the original cassettes to remove most of the hiss, fix the pitch, and reduce rumbling. Performances-wise, I still prefer the other Karrie audio. But Mooney and Whyte are amazing understudies.
3CD (B+)

London, August 12, 1989, evening
Peter Karrie, Philip Quast, Grania Renihan, Mario Frangoulis, Linzi Hately, Lisa Hull, Michael Cantwell, Barry James, Gay Soper
A good recording for its time, but not up to scratch now. Sound is muffled and soft, orchestra frequently overwhelms quiet voice parts. Some parts are amazingly clear (i.e. “Confrontation”, “Dog Eats Dog”) while most of the scenes at the barricade are unintelligible gibberish. An extremely strong cast, Karrie and Quast are favorites. Renihan is an excellent Fantine.
3CDs (B-)

Melbourne, Sept. 12, 1989
Rob Guest, John Diedrich, Debra Byrne, Peter Cousens, Silvie Palandino, Marina Prior, Anthony Warlow, Peter Carrol, Robyn Arthur
A really nice audio - just hissy.
3CD (B/B-)

Scranton, PA, Masonic Temple Auditorium 3NT, Dec. 1989
Brian Lynch (u/s), David Jordan, Lisa Vroman, Christopher Pecaro, Maureen Duffy (u/s), Tamra Hayden, Jerry Christakos (u/s), Paul Ainsley, Diana Rogers
SOUNDBOARD. Quite decent for its age; a little fuzzy and a little hiss.
3CD (B)

London, Dec. 13, 1989
Peter Karrie, Don Gallagher, Rebecca Storm, Mario Frangoulis, Mary-Louise Clark (Cosette), Chris Howard, Barry James, Gay Soper
Good recording for its age, a bit muffled from the hiss reduction. Orchestra sounds very close but does not drown out vocals. Little clicks between tracks and some scratching during the sewers. Great performances especially from the main quartet.
3CD (B+)

Dallas 2NT, 1990
Richard Nickol, Stephen Bishop, Anne Torsiglieri, John Ruess, Dana Lynn Caruso, Melissa Errico, Joshua Finkel (Thénardier), Jessica Molaskey (Mme. Thénardier)
SOUNDBOARD. HIGHLIGHTS. 3SP about halfway through. Tons of varying analog hiss and a bit tinny sounding, but very clear sound. Missing Master of the House and ends at the Night of Agony. Caruso is a lovely Eponine.
2CD (A-)

Broadway, January 20, 1990
Craig Schulman, Peter Samuel, Laurie Beechman, Willy Falk? (u/s), Natalie Toro, Tracey Shayne
My own analog transfer. Astonishing quality for its age, could almost be soundboard except for some slight movements from the taper. First Act cassette was 1st gen and second Act was the master – otherwise I would have guessed this to be a DAT recording. I think it was recorded from front row, you can hear lots of little sounds of people walking onstage. Tape flips cut off most of Castle on a Cloud and a bit of Javert’s Suicide. Originally labeled with Hugh Panaro as Marius, but it can’t be him. Judging by the date, probably Falk the understudy. Samuel is a rather bland Javert, neither boisterous nor imposing enough although his Suicide is quite powerful. Toro is shrill to no end, very good On My Own, though. Whoever the Thernardiers are, they are incredible, the audience was rolling in the aisles.
2CD (A)

Broadway, October 18, 1990
Craig Schulman, Merwin Foard (u/s), Christy Baron, Hugh Panaro, Natalie Toro, Jacqueline Piro, Joseph Kolinski or Joe Locarro, Ed Dixon, Evelyn Baron
Incredible audio quality for an analog recording its age. Very little overload. A bit missing right before “One Day More” and most of “Look Down, Javert”, unfortunately, around tape flips. Schulman is a great Valjean, very emotional. And unlike the other Schulman audio, in here it is definitely Panaro as Marius. And he’s incredible…are you surprised? He goes a bit overboard on the vibrato, though. Foard is an okay understudy, this was in his earlier days and his vibrato is mostly painful to listen to. Can’t really warm up to Toro either, she sings the entire “A Little Fall of Rain” maddeningly off-key.
3CD (B+)

Orange County, CA 3NT, July 1991
Brian Lynch, David Jordan, Lisa Vroman, Giles Chiasson, Candese Marchese, Marian Murphy, Aloysius Gigl, JP Dougherty, Diana Rogers, Ron Sharpe (Feuilly), Jarrod Emmick (Prouvaire), Alan Osburn (Grantaire), Douglas Webster (Courfeyrac), Ron La Rosa (Joly), Kelly Briggs (Lesgles), Marsh Hanson (Babet)
Supposedly very good quality for its age.
3CD (A-)

Broadway, 1992
Mark McKerracher, Richard Kinsey, Susan Dawn Carson, John Leone, Debbie Gibson, Melissa Anne Davis, Joseph Kolinski, Ed Dixon, Evalyn Baron
Hard to grade. Up until “One Day More”, wonderful quality for its age. Barely noticeable hiss, but somewhat muffled and deep sound from the dehissing process. Severe skewage to the right and badly muffled sound from “One Day More” through “On My Own”. Afterwards, sound moves back to center, but is not as great quality as the beginning. Cuts off after “Dog Eats Dog”. So, a triple split grade for these three sections in respective order. McKerracher’s voice is still quite heavy as it would be later as Phantom, but it’s better and his acting is quite good. Gibson is vocally wonderful as Eponine, though she sings everything as if she were in a concert hall, not much emotion at all. Baron is *insane* as Mme Thenardier, her screaming is something to hear.
2CD (B+/C/B)

Los Angeles 3NT, 1992
Dave Clemmon), Chuck Wagner, Jill Geddes, Ron Sharpe, Pauline Frommer, Tamra Hayden, Christopher Yates, J.P. Dougherty, Gina Ferrall, Jamie Cronin (Young Cosette), Sarah Barkoff (Young Eponine), Stephen C. Bishop (Grantaire)
Incomplete, includes highlights from Long Beach/Thousand Oaks of the same cast; however, the official site’s dates do not coincide with the Long Beach / Thousand Oaks location; a little tape warp at the beginning; tape hiss goes from very little to moderate; missing songs: "Who Am I?" "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Soliloquy: Javert's Suicide," and "Valjean's Confession"; missing the beginnings of: "Come to Me," "Red and Black," "In My Life," and the finale; missing the endings of "Master of the House" and "Every Day"; the well scene is missing bits also; Clemmons drops a couple lines in the cart scene; the Eponine-heavy highlights do not cover any of the missing songs (it actually sounds like the person taping the show stopped the tape recorder for those songs, how annoying is that?)
3CD (B-/B)

Manchester (Palace Theater) UK Tour, April 25, 1992
Jeff Leyton, Phillip Quast, Ria Jones, Mike Sterling, Meredith Braun, Fiona Sinnott, Daniel Coll, Tony Timberlake, Louise Plowright
A bad dehissing job leaves this audio rather deep and muffled but still quite listenable. Has some then unknown performers, including a young Meredith Braun with a great belt voice… and Philip rocks, too! Strong cast all around.
3CD (A-)

Paris, Mogador Theatre, Winter/Spring 1992
Christian Dassie (Act I - u/s)/Robert Marien (Act II), Philippe Ermeliar (u/s), Louise Pitre, Jérôme Pradon, Stephanie Martin, Marie Zamora, Pierre-Yves Duchesne (u/s), Laurent Gendro), Virginie Ramirez (u/s)
Recorded on two different nights, which is why the Valjeans change. Great old recording; negligible hiss; missing about a third of “Dog Eats Dog”; fantastic audience.
3CD (A-)

London, 1993
Mark McKerracher, Andrew C. Wadsworth, Claire Moore, Matt Cammelle (u/s), Claudia Bradley (u/s), Nicky Adams, David Malek, Mark White, Jenny Galloway
SOUNDBOARD. Amazing quality, and some fabulous performances from Claire, Mark McK, and Nicky.
3CD (A)

Broadway, Jan. 5, 1993
Mark McKerracher, Richard Kinsey, Rachel York, Eric Kunze, Jennifer Lee Andrews,
Lea Salonga (Debut), Joseph Mahowald, Drew Eschelman, Evylyn Baron, Michael Schulman (Gavroche), Lacey Chabert (Young Cosette)
Some hiss, but not too much; just an old recording, but quite listenable; missing the overture, bits around the well scene and about 15 seconds of of “Javert’s Suicide”; Endless applause for “On My Own”.
3CD (B+)

London, Nov. 13, 1993
Mark McKerracher, James Staddon, Claire Moore, Matt Cammelle (u/s), Gemma Wardle, Nicky Adams, David Malek, Mark White, Jenny Galloway
Audio fixed up to even up the channels, remove the background noise, and boost the volume. Now a really listenable audio; and Claire’s awesome as always!
3CD (B+/A-)

Buffalo, NY 3NT, December 9, 1993
Donn Cook, David Masenheimer, Alice Ripley, Ron Sharpe, Angela Pupello, Barbara Russell, Gary Mauer (Enjolras), Joey Morano (Gavroche)
CASSETTE TRANSFER. Very good for its age, the bit of background noise that remains after my cleaning is inaudible except for the quietest moments. Includes exit music. Much clearer vocals than I would expect from an analog recording and very little overload. Recorded very close to the stage (and far too close to the keyboardist for my liking), you can hear the candlesticks clinking as Valjean runs off with them. Great performances from everyone. Cook is great, a lighter voice than I’m used to from a Valjean but definitely powerful enough. Pupello has one of the most gorgeous voices I’ve heard in a long time though she has trouble belting the higher notes. A very early audio of Mauer, his voice sounds quite different, not as full as it is now but youthfully quite excellent!
3CD (A-)

Broadway, Dec. 17, 1994
Craig Schulman, Merwin Foard (u/s), Christy Baron, Craig Rubano, Kelli Rabke, Jennifer Lee Andrews, Ron Bohmer, Drew Eshelman, Gina Ferrall
Sometimes listed with incorrect cast of (Craig Schulman, Robert Cuccioli, Debbie Shapiro Gravitte, Tom Donoghue, Sarah Uriarte, Jennifer Lee Andrews, Ron Bohmer, Drew Eshelman)…this is the correct one, I believe, Foard’s maddening vibrato is pretty easy to pick out. Pretty good audio considering its age, just a little muffled from the dehisser.
3CD (B+)

Colorado Springs (Pikes Peak Center) 3NT, September 19, 1995
William Solo, Ron Baker, Kristen Behrendt, Andrew Redecker, Caren Lyn Manuel, Gina Feliccia, Brian Noonan, David McDonald
Nice audio, a bit of gurgling from hiss reduction but perfectly listenable. Missing about 15 seconds just before “Master of the House”. And cuts out one or two seconds of music between tracks. Rare audio Caren as Eponine, she's wonderful. Excellent cast all around, Ron, Andrew and Brian are particularly impressive.
3CD (B+)

Broadway, Jan. 23, 1996
Craig Schulman, David Masenheimer, Melba Moore, Tom Donoghue, Dana Meller (u/s), Tamra Hayden, Ron Bohmer
Volume fades in and out strangely after “Master of the House” so most of Valjean’s meeting Cosette is missing; the same thing happens just before “Look Down” but only a few seconds are missed as a result, and again there’s a long very soft fade in at the beginning of act II and when it fades out and in during “Drink with Me” a short bit of that is missed; nothing is missed, but volume dips in and out after “Dog Eats Dog” and after which the hiss is louder and the volume is much softer; there’s some mic popping after these spots also; volume is good elsewhere and hiss is very mild; I’d swear someone yells “Sounds like a plan!” during “Do You Hear the People Sing?”:
3CD (B & B- post-sewers)

Duisburg, Apr. 2, 1996
Perrin Allen (alt), Steffen Friedrich (alt), Cornelia Drese, André Bauer (u/s), Kristin Hölck (u/s), Evelyn Werner (u/s), Martin Berger, Tom Zahner, Anne Welte
Begins at the end of the Chain Gang. Pretty great analog recording, no hiss to speak of, although a bit muffled and some high-pitched humming, almost like a camera, hmmm. A bit muffled, as with all analog recordings. Hölck is an *incredible* Eponine, as good as she would be later as Christine in Stuttgart.
3CD (B+/A-)

Broadway, Apr. 14, 1996
Craig Schulman, David Masenheimer, Susie McMonagle, Tom Donoghue, Christeena Michelle Riggs, Tamra Hayden, Ron Bohmer, Drew Eshelman, Jessica Sheridan
A nice listenable audio with the usual tape hiss
3CD (B+)

Broadway, Apr. 20, 1996
Craig Schulman, David Masenheimer, Susie McMonagle, Marsh Hanson (u/s), Christeena Michelle-Riggs, Tamra Hayden, Gary Mauer, Alex Strange (Gavroche), Lea Michelle (Young Cosette)
Transfer from an extremely hissy tape; in places the background noise sounds like sandpaper and in others it’s relatively better; missing the beginning lines of “Master of the House”, the end of “One Day More,” the opening of act II, and the last few seconds of the instrumental end of “Javert’s Suicide”
3CD (C+)

Broadway, July 27, 1996
Craig Schulman, Tom Zemon (u/s), Susie McMonagle, Ricky Martin, Christeena Michelle Riggs, Tamra Hayden, Gary Mauer
Analog transfer, very muffled, especially in full ensemble numbers. Missing most of “Castle on a Cloud” and “A Heart Full of Love”
3CD (B-)

Broadway, Sept. 8, 1996
Craig Schulman, David Masenheimer, Susie McMonagle, Ricky Martin, Christeena Michelle-Riggs, Tamra Hayden, Gary Mauer, Richard Vida (u/s), Gina Ferrall, Christopher Trousdale (Gavroche), Kimberly Hannon (Young Cosette)
Analog transfer with noticeable hiss; missing a bit of “Attack on Rue Plummet”; has amusing flub in which Hayden sings “I did not even know my name”
3CD (B)

Broadway, September 28, 1996
Robert Evan, David Masenheimer, Florence Lacey, Tom Donaghue, Christeena Michelle Riggs, Tamra Hayden, John Cudia (u/s), Drew Eshelman, Tregoney Shepherd, Kimberly Hannon (Young Cosette), Chris Trousdale (Gavroche)
CASSETTE TRANSFER. ACT TWO ONLY + One Day More. Act One has gone MIA. Pretty good quality for its age. Cudia is fine as Enjolras, but doesn’t have a big enough voice to be memorable.
1CD (B+)

Broadway, Mar. 12, 1997
Robert Marien, Christopher Innvar, Juliet Lambert, Peter Lockyer, Sarah Uriate Berry, Christeen Riggs, Stephen R. Buntrock, Nick Wyman, Fuschia Walker
Broadway tenth anniversary performance; missing only a couple of seconds in the Cosette Mme. Thenardier scene. Could be great if there were less static.
3CD (B-)

London, Mar. 15, 1997
Jeff Leyton, Tim Morgan (u/s), Grania Renihan, Martin Crewes, Gemma Wardle, Annalene Beechey, John Owen Jones (u/s), Chris Langham, Felicity Goodson (u/s)
Should be interesting to hear JOJ as Enjolras. Originally labeled as 1996, but it must be 1997 if the cast is correct.
3CD

London, June 19, 1997
John Owen Jones (u/s), Tim Morgan (u/s), Grania Renihan, Martin Crewes, Gemma Wardle, Annalene Beechey, Matthew Cammelle, Peter Gerald (u/s), Mandy Holliday, Stuart Pendred, Danny Kyte (Gavroche), Sophie Cox (Young Cosette)
TRANSFER from low-gen MDs. Before|After This one needed serious cleaning. I’ve amplified, centered, and cleared up the muffled audio. Some minor overload remains along with the thinness inherent in analog recordings, but quite excellent otherwise.
3CD (A)

London, Aug. 11, 1997
John Owen Jones (alt), Tim Morgan (u/s), Grania Renihan, Andrew Bevis (u/s), Gemma Wardle, Annalene Beechey, Glyn Kerslake, Chris Langham, Mandy Holliday, Nicholas Harper Roberts (Gavroche), Tara McCallum (Young Cosette)
Most of “Confrontation” as well as a bit of Javert’s Suicide missing. Includes full exit music, though. Have removed lots of noise and fixed the pitch. Voices still very muffled with overpowering, but hey, it’s JOJ. He sounds different from what we’re used to, but the awesome voice is still there.
3CD (B)

London, Aug. 14, 1997
Jeff Leyton, Tim Morgan (u/s), Carmen Cusack (u/s), Andrew Bevis (u/s), Gemma Wardle, Annalene Beechey, Matt Cammelle (alt), Chris Langham
TRANSFER. From low generation minidiscs. Have amplified greatly and reduced noise level. Quite a bit of hiss still, although the lyrics are clear. Several missing parts: End of Castle on a Cloud from "Cosette, I love you ..." until Master of the House starting at " ... rest from the road ...". Turning ends at "No one ever will” and audio picks up again at The Wedding at "As for you, take ...". I love Morgan and Cusack, both of them deserving of principal positions in their roles. Morgan’s “Suicide” is awesome.
3CD (B)

London, Oct. 10, 1997
Jeff Leyton, Ethan Freeman, Silvie Palandino, Graham Mackay Bruce, Gemma Wardle, Cathy Cogle (u/s), Matt Cammelle, Nick Holder, Liz Ewing
A really nice audio – obviously analogue originally, but it’s cleaned up nicely. Ethan is a fab Javert, and Cathy’s really good, too!
3CD (A-)

London, January 6, 1998
Stig Rossen, Ethan Freeman, Silvie Paladino, Andrew Keelan (u/s), Gemma Wardle, Annalene Beechey, Matthew Cammelle (alt), Nick Holder, Tania Newton (u/s)
Moderate hiss, good analog recording otherwise. Imbalanced sound makes ensemble songs hard to hear over the orchestra. Tape flips cut out part of the Bishop’s entrance and the instrumental ends of Master of the House and Empty Chairs. *Excellent* cast, Rossen and Freeman make a mesmerizing leading duo. The actresses for Eponine and Cosette should switch roles, it’s uncanny how much better their voices fit the part they’re not playing.
3CD (B+)

Southampton, June 6, 1998
John Owen Jones, Peter Corry, Carmen Cusack, Adrian Smith (u/s), Alex Sharpe, Poppy Tierney, Michael Cahill, Cameron Blakely, Joanna Mays, Joanna Songhi
TRANSFER from 2nd gen MDs. Okay quality, clear music and lyrics. Orchestra sometimes overwhelms vocals. Includes curtain calls and exit music. Missing the final instrumental bit of Master of the House.
3CD (B+)

Sydney, Australia, June 13, 1998
Dave Willetts, Michael McCarthy, Rachel Beck, David Campbell, Natalie Mendoza, Theresa Borg, Scott Irwin, William Zappa, Donna Lee
Great audio recording of the FINAL Sydney performance, has some clipping on the loudest parts of the show.
3CDs (A-)

Broadway, June 17, 1998
Craig Schulman, Paul Truckey (u/s), Juliet Lambert, Peter Lockyer, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Christeena Michelle Riggs, Stephen Buntrock, Nick Wyman, Fuschia Walker
A nice audio. Paul is a great Javert, and Julie makes some…umm… interesting choices in Fantine’s Arrest.
3CD (B+)

Broadway, Sept. 26, 1998
Fred Inkley, Robert Gallagher, Alice Ripley, Chris Diamontopoulos (u/s), Sutton Foster (u/s), Christeena Michelle Riggs, Stephen R. Buntrock, Nick Wyman, Fuschia Walker
3CD

Melbourne, Dec. 9, 1998
Rob Guest, Roger Lemke, Deliah Hannah, David Dixon, Kelli Sulikowski, Ana Marina, Scott Irwin, Bruce Spence, Laura Mulcahy
Unreviewed.
3CD (A-)

Broadway, February 23, 1999
Andrew Varela (u/s), Philip Hernandez, Alice Ripley, Chris Diamantopolous (u/s), Kerry Butler, Tobi Foster, Gary Mauer, J.P. Dougherty, Fuschia Walker, Cameron Bowen (Gavroche), Lisa Musser (Young Cosette), Paul Truckey (Grantaire)
CASSETTE TRANSFER from 2nd gen cassettes. Centered and dehissed audio, very good except a tiny bit muffled with audible but easily ignored rotating tape heads. Poor Andrew sounds like he’s sick, he cracks on BHH. Fuschia is a bit too pop-ish as Madame T, but I love her voice. Chris, Kerry and Gary are divine.
3CD (A-/B+)

Cincinnati, OH 3NT, May 12, 1999
Ivan Rutherford, Todd Alan Johnston, Joan Almedilla, Ben Davis (u/s), Sutton Foster, Kevin Earley, Regan Thiel, JP Dougherty, Anne Buelteman
Ben Davis’ First Performance as Marius – Amazing audio, beautiful quality.
3CD (A)

Dublin, May 15, 1999
Colm Wilkinson, Peter Corry, Carmen Cusack, Matt Rawle, Alex Sharpe, Poppy Tierney, David Bardsley, John Kavanagh, Anita Reeves
Colm Wilkinson’s “final” performance as Valjean (or at the time it was supposed to be); missing a bit at the end of “A Heart Full of Love” and the beginning of the overture; Includes a speech by Colm at the end. Very slightly muffled, otherwise a great audio. Cusack is one of the finest Fantines to have ever graced the stage, one of the few who can actually belt all of those high notes.
3CD (A-)

#London, July 8, 1999
John Owen Jones, Hal Fowler, Jody Butterworth (u/s), Tom Lucas,Amanda Salmon, Rebecca Vere, David Malek, Cameron Blakely, Joanna Mays
HIGHLIGHTS.
Cassette (B-)

Duisburg, July 11, 1999
Hartwig Rudolz (alt.), Paul Donkers (u/s) Jacqueline Braun (u/s), Michael Lewis, Melanie May Po (u/s), Lilian Marti, Aleksander de Capri (u/s), Claus Dam, Kati Farkas
SOUNDBOARD. Slight hiss but beautiful otherwise. Pauses in the second two CDs and some light skipping towards the middle of each disc lasting about half a minute. Rudolz is a great actor but needs serious work on his upper register, he transposes sections down to fit his voice. The ensemble is, as always the case in Germany, excellent.
3CD (A)

London, August 5, 1999
Tim Godwin (u/s), Hal Fowler, Gunilla Backman, Tom Lucas, Amanda Salmon, Rebecca Vere, David Malek, Stephen Matthews (u/s), Joanna Mays
A quiet recording, distant and unclear when the orchestra gets louder, and mild hiss when the volume is increased, but I hardly care, because it contains the power duo of Lucas and Salmon. The main musical numbers are clear.
3CD (B-)

Broadway, August 20, 1999
Andrew Varela (u/s Valjean), Philip Hernandez, Jennifer Zimmerman (u/s), Peter Lockyer, Catherine Brunell (u/s), Tobi Foster, Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman, Fuschia Walker
Quiet and terribly muffled. Loud parts sound just fine, but single voices are sometimes hard to decipher. Not much hiss, but has the “droning” of hiss reduction. Missing Valjean’s Intervention. Varela is excellent. Zimmerman is not a terribly good belter.
3CD (B-)

London, August 23, 1999, matinee
John Owen Jones, Hal Fowler, Gunilla Backman, Tom Lucas, Amanda Salmon, Rebecca Vere, David Malek, Stephen Matthews (u/s), Joanna Mays, James Buckley (Gavroche), Georgina Leonidas (Young Cosette)
TRANSFER from 1st gen MDs. Pretty muffled audio and overpowered by winds, can’t make out words perfectly unless you know the show. Will see what I can do about cleaning this up before trading. No hiss or scratching to speak of, though. Great performances from everyone especially JOJ, Hal, Tom and Amanda. Poor Amanda has serious mic issues during OMO. Funny flub where Rebecca sings “I do not even know my name.”
3CD (B/B-)

London, Sept. 21, 1999
John Owen Jones, Hal Fowler, Gunilla Backman, Tom Lucas, Amanda Salmon, Rebecca Vere, David Malek or Paul Manuel, Cameron Blakely, Joanna Mays
Tom is the best Marius ever. Nuff said. Clear recording with no hiss but with the orchestra frequently overwhelming vocals. Skipping in the background in some of the first scenes at the barricade. 3-second pauses. I would really like to know who the Enjolras is; he’s simply excellent.
2CD (B)

San Diego, Civic Center 3NT, Sept. 26, 1999
Ivan Rutherford, Trent Blanton (u/s), Joan Almedilla, Tim Howar, Mindy Smoot (u/s), Regan Thiel, Ben Davis (u/s), J.P. Dougherty, Aymee Garcia, Harley Adams (Gavroche), Alison Fidel (Young Cosette)
Has a muffled quality to the sound; quiet; better act I, more hiss and less volume in act II
3CD (B/B-)

London, October 30, 1999
John Owen-Jones, Hal Fowler, Jody Butterworth (u/s), Jason Nolan (u/s), Amanda Salmon, Rebecca Vere, David Malek, Cameron Blakely, Joanna Mays
Some hiss and on the quiet side. Missing “Castle on a Cloud” and “Master of the House”. JOJ and Fowler are both very impressive in their respective roles.
3CD (B+)

Duisburg, Germany, November 28, 1999, Matinee
Dennis Dubbin (u/s), Kaspar Holmboe (alt), Maya Hakvoort, Michael Shawn Lewis, Lilian Marti
Final matinee performance in Duisberg. It has a hideous nearly continuous scratching sound from “Look Down” through “Eponine’s Errand” and again in the last few minutes of the “Finale”; it’s clear in other parts, so the following rating is for the non-skipping tracks. Dubbin is beyond incredible, definitely worthy of principal. His BHH is perhaps the best rendition I’ve heard of anywhere, any performance, no joke.
3CD (A-)

London, Mar. 4, 2000
John Owen Jones, John Stacey (u/s), Gunilla Backman, Tom Lucas, Amanda Salmon, Rebecca Vere, David Malek, Cameron Blakely, Claire Machin, Andrew Williamson (Grantaire)
NO 3-SECOND PAUSES, and remastered to have audio in both channels and remove a large portion of overload. Pretty good audio if having some volume issues and some crackling towards the end of the Finale. MOST of the show, missing everything from Little Fall of Rain until the beginning of Drink with Me. Stacey is extremely impressive in this audio, one of the strongest performances I have ever seen from him. In contrast, it is one of Lucas’ weaker ones, sadly.
3CD (B+)

US Tour, April 21, 2000
Ivan Rutherford, Stephen Bishop, Linda Pierson-Huff (u/s), Tim Howar, Diana Kaarina, Regan Thiel, Stephen Tewksbury, JP Dougherty, Lisa Howard (u/s), Scott Logsdon, Cameron Teitelman, Stephanie Mieko Cohen
Direct from the master. Excellent quality digital audio. Lisa is a great Madame T, so strange to hear her belting after seeing her in Spelling Bee.
3CD (A)

Buenos Aires, July 2000
Carlos Vittori, Juan Rodo, Elena Roger, Zenon Recalde, Pili Artaza, Silvia Luchetti, Ruben Roberts, Rodolfo Vlass, Liliana Parafiotti
SOUNDBOARD. Perfect quality and a great cast, extremely strong voices from the entire ensemble though I can’t stand Cosette.
3CD (A+)

London, July 15, 2000
Simon Bowman, Peter Corry, Ria Jones (u/s), Peter Cutler (2nd u/s), Joanna Ampil, Zoe Curlett, Jason McCann, Barry James, Mandy Holliday
Gorgeous audio, very little audience noise. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Bowman as Valjean, and I am happy to say that lived up to my expectations. A wonderful singer and actor…I can even overlook his ridiculous scream on “flight” or the fact that he doesn’t hit the high note in “Who am I”. His “Bring Him Home” is stunning. I heard Ampil as Fantine and she was incredible, she remains incredible as Eponine.
3CD (A)

London, Aug. 10, 2000
Simon Bowman, Paul Monaghan (u/s), Rebecca Thornhill, Niklas Andersson, Joanna Ampil, Zoe Curlett, Jason McCann, David Burrows (u/s), Mandy Holliday
Terrific, gorgeous audio. Bowman and Thornhill are wonderful.
3CD (A)

San Francisco, September 16, 2000
Randal Keith (u/s), Stephen Bishop, Joan Almedilla, Stephen Brian Patterson (2nd week), Diana Kaarina, Stephanie Waters (2nd week), Stephen Tewskbury, Stephen Colella (u/s), Aymee Garcia, Trent Blanton (Grantaire), Cameron Teitelman (Gavroche), Maggie Martinsen (Young Cosette)
3CD (ungraded)

US Tour, Nov. 14, 2000
Randall Keith (u/s), Stephen Bishop, Thursday Farrar, Stephen Brian Patterson, Diana Kaarina, Stephanie Waters, Stephen Tewksbury, JP Dougherty, Aimee Garcia
Some overload on the loud bits and hiss as you turn it up, otherwise, an excellent audio. Farrar’s first as Fantine. Keith is one of the best Valjeans I’ve had the pleasure of hearing, such a lovely voice. Bishop seems to have trouble deciding whether he wants to be snarky or overbearing. Dougherty sounds like he’s drunk as Thenardier, so I’m not a fan, though, judging from the audience, he’s hilarious.
3CD (A-)

London, Dec. 15, 2000
Andrew Morton (u/s), Peter Corry, Jenna Russell, Paul Peacock (u/s), Joanna Ampil, Zoe Curlett, Jason McCann, Barry James, Mandy Holliday, Sam Hiller (Grantaire)
1st gen from master. The only audio with Peacock as Marius that I’ve seen, the other one labeled with him is not him, it’s Niklas Andersson. Good quality, nice volume, just a little brassy. Morton is good as an understudy, I like his acting though his upper register needs work. He also definitely gets entered for most ridiculous scream when fleeing the bishop’s house.
3CD (A)

Detroit, 3NT, December 18, 2000
Randal Keith, Stephen Bishop, Thursday Farrar, Stephen Brian Patterson, Dianna Kaarina, Stephanie Waters, Ben Davis
not yet reviewed.
3CD

Orlando, February 17, 2001
Bart Shatto (u/s), Stephen Bishop, Thursday Farrar, Stephen Brian Patterson, Diana Kaarina, Stephanie Waters, Stephen Tewksbury, JP Dougherty (?), Aymee Garcia, Dutch Whitlock (Gavroche), Emma Hunton (Young Cosette)
TRANSFER from 2nd gen MDs. The infamous fire alarm show - a fire alarm goes off during "Castle on a Cloud," but Emma Hunton keeps on singing until the building is evacuated. Immense applause for her when her scene starts again. I have boosted voices but sound is still muffled. Shatto sounds great.
3CD (B)

London, Mar. 3, 2001
Andrew Morton (u/s), Peter Corry, Jenna Russell, Niklas Andersson, Joanna Ampil, Zoe Curlett, Jason McCann, Barry James, Mandy Holliday
Final matinee of this cast, Peter Corry’s famous alternative lyrics are amusing. Has been labeled with Paul Peacock as Marius, but it is not him. Ampil is as good as Eponine as she is as Fantine, which is fantastic. Corry is preferred over McCarthy. Morton does superbly for an understudy, he has a lovely clear voice, similar to Owen-Jones but without the massive power.
2CD (A-)

London, Apr. 7, 2001
John Owen Jones (SB), Michael McCarthy, Grania Renihan, Spencer Stafford (u/s), Joanna Ampil, Phillipa Healey, Jason McCann, Tony Timberlake, Mandy Holliday
One of the best quality audios of this show I’ve ever heard. Bits missing around flip points including most of “Castle on a Cloud”. JOJ is an excellent Valjean, and this was during his brief return as a stand-in. And, not surprisingly, he’s one of the Valjeans who has no trouble at all with the high notes.
2CD (A)

London, Apr. 12, 2001, matinee
John Owen-Jones (SB), Michael McCarthy, Grania Renihan, Niklas Anderson, Joanna Ampil, Philippa Healey, Jason McCahn, Tony Timberlake, Mandy Holliday
In terms of singing, my fave JOJ and McCarthy pairing audio, those 2 are a great couple ;)
3CD (A)

London, May 12, 2001, matinee
John Owen Jones, Michael McCarthy, Grania Renihan, Niklas Anderssen, Joanna Ampil, Phillip Healey, Tam Matu (u/s), Tony Timberlake, Mandy Holliday
Audio clear but rather deep and string-heavy, sometimes overwhelming vocals. Great cast… well worth it to hear Tam as Enjolras and JOJ as Valjean.
2CD (B+)

Broadway, June 9, 2001
Roger Seyer (u/s), Shuler Hensley, Jacquelyn Piro, Peter Lockyer, Jessica Grove (u/s – First performance), Nick Wyman (Thenardier)
Analog hiss when you turn the volume up, very good otherwise. Seyer has a great lyrical tenor voice, good for BHH, not so good for “What Have I Done?”. Hensley was my first AJvert and he does not disappoint here, appropriately boorish and overbearing, but with real introspective sense for numbers like “Stars”. Grove is lovely in her debut as Eponine. Lockyer has always been a favorite Marius, if only he could something about the vibrato.
3CD (A-)

Broadway, Nov. 18, 2001
Ron Sharpe (u/s), Shuler Hensley, Jane Bodle, Peter Lockyer, Dana Meller (u/s), Tobi Foster, Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman, Betsy Joslyn, Paul Truckey (Grantaire)
The first Les Mis cast that I ever saw.
3CD (A-)

Pittsburgh, Nov. 24, 2001
Randal Keith, Joseph Mahowald, Jayne Paterson, Edward Juvier, Diana Lynne Morishita, Amanda Huddleston
Very nice digital recording, it’s only faults in that it sounds a bit echoey and deep, which is probably the fault of the theater than the recording device. Missing instrumental section after the barricades, the recapitulation of the "Bring Him Home" and "Stars" themes, but complete otherwise. Keith sounds amazing. No shying away from that high note in “Who Am I?” and Mahowald and Paterson have long been favorites. Not a fan of Morishita, she screams her loud notes to cover her lack of power.
2CD (A)

Chicago, IL 3NT, Dec. 29, 2001
Randal Keith, Joseph Mahowald, Jayne Paterson, Stephen Brian Patterson, Dina Lynne Morishita, Stephanie Waters, Stephen Tewksbury
Digital,some clipping in act I which was corrected in act II.
2CD (A-)

London, Jan. 3, 2002, matinee
Chris Fennessy (u/s), Michael McCarthy, Carmen Cusack, Jody Crosier, Caroline Sheen, Sophie Caton (u/s - First Performance), Craig Price(u/s - first performance), Stephen Tate, Mandy Holliday
2CD (A)

London, Apr. 30, 2002
Paul Monaghan (2nd u/s), Michael McCarthy, Carmen Cusack, Jody Crosier, Lydia Griffiths (u/s), Sarah Lane, Jason McCann, Stephen Tate, Mandy Holliday
Lovely audio, clear, perhaps a slight bit echoey. Paul is a lovely Valjean…although the London penchant for ridiculous “flight” screams does not seem to have skipped him. Carmen is, as always, incredible. An excellent cast overall.
2CD (A)

Broadway, May 22, 2002
J. Mark McVey, Joseph Mahowald, Jacquelyn Piro, Peter Lockyer, Diana Kaarina, Sandra Turley, Steve Gagnon, Nick Wyman, Betsy Joslyn
Gorgeous quality, almost soundboard. Very little audience noise. Just misses the A+ rating because of sporadic skipping during the Finale, only really noticeable on headphone. McVey is an amazing Valjean, makes me even madder that I saw a swing the day I was supposed to see him. I really liked Lockyer’s Raoul and he makes a wonderful Marius as well, one of my faves.
2CD (A)

San Francisco 3NT, June 14, 2002, evening
Randal Keith, Michael McCarthy, Carmen Cusack, Peter Lockyer, Dina Lynne Morishita (u/s), Sandra Turley, Christopher Mark Peterson, J.P. Dougherty, Aymee Garcia, Matt Clemens (Feuilly), Dave Hugo (Courfeyrac)
3CD

Shanghai, China, June 22, 2002
Colm Wilkinson, Michael McCarthy, Carmen Cusack, Peter Lockyer, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Sandra Turley, Christopher Mark Peterson, J.P. Dougherty, Aymee Garcia, Trent Blanton (Grantaire)
Premiere performance in China. Would be gorgeous if not for the constant overload during loud bits. Act Two starts at the beginning of Eponine’s errand. Dionisio is one of the best Eponines I’ve had the pleasure of hearing.
2CD (B+)

London, July 27, 2002, matinee
Hans Peter Jannsens, Jerome Pradon, Carmen Cusack, Jody Crosier, Caroline Sheen, Sarah Lane, Jason McCann, Stephen Tate, Mandy Holliday
Final matinee performance of the 2001-2002 cast. Some priceless one liners here, and a great atmosphere with lots of in-jokes! Very nice quality recording, but with clicks and sometimes brief pauses between tracks. Cusack is one of the best Fantines out there, such a beautiful and emotional voice. I really don’t like Crosier, he sings Empty Chairs like a pop song.
2CD (A-)

St. Paul, MN 3NT, Aug. 11, 2002
Randal Keith, Joseph Mahowald, Jayne Patterson, Peter Lockyer, Nicole Riding (u/s), Stephanie Waters, Christopher Mark Peterson
1st gen from masters.
3CD (A+)

London, October 22, 2002
Mike Sterling, Jerome Pradon, Carmen Cusack, Hadley Fraser, Rebecca Seale (u/s), Helen French, Ramin Karimloo (2nd u/s), Stephen Tate, Rosemary Ashe
Very rare audio of Karimloo in his days of second cover Enjolras, the only one that I know of. Should be interesting to hear the differences from his performance now.
3CD (A)

Les Miserables in Concert
Stockholm, November 2, 2002, Globen Arena
Stig Rossen, Michael McCarthy, Carola, Martin Crewes, Alex Sharpe, Deborah Dutcher, Matt Cammelle, Chris Langham, Jenny Galloway
Lovely performance, decent quality audio, a little low at times and some buzzing on the loud notes. Simply fabulous cast. Rossen is one of the first Valjean’s I’ve heard whose “Bring Him Home” doesn’t sound like he’s about to pop an eyeball. Carola is an excellent Fantine.
2CDs (B)

London, November 30, 2002 - World Aids Day Speech
Mike Sterling (Final Performance), Jerome Pradon (Final Performance), Carmen Cusack, Hadley Fraser, Sophie Ravagelas, Helen French, Paul Manuel, Stephen Tate, Jennie Dale*, Amanda Dainty* as Factory Girl, and Christopher Key as Grantaire
A great audio of a really good performance! Jerome and Michael give the performance of their lives… the World AIDS day speech is delivered by Stephen Tate, as well sa mention that it’s Michael and Jerome’s final, and there’s a very enthusiastic audience!
2CD (A)

Berlin, 2003
Oleh Vynnyk, Uwe Kröger, Christin Elverum, Lucius Wolter, Vera Bolten, Valerie Link, Jens Janke or Martin Pasching, Ulrich Wiggers, Betty Vermeulen
SOUNDBOARD. Taking my best guess at the cast beyond Valjean and Javert, provided there weren’t any understudies.
3CD (A+)

Budapest, 2003
Sándor Sasvári, Zoltán Barabás Kiss, Nikolett Gallusz, Zoltán Bereczki, Dóra Szinetár, Andrea Mahó, Zsolt Homonnay, Tomasz Galbenisz, Viktória Várady
3 SECOND PAUSES. Awesome full sound, just those annoying pauses. Sasvari sounds a bit too overbearing as Valjean, wonderful acting but his voice is too rough and not flexible enough. And his scream when stealing the silver has to be heard to be believed.
2CD (A)

Mexico, 2003
Carlos Vittori, Luis Rene Aguirre, Natalia Sosa, Leonardo Luiz
SOUNDBOARD. Four tracks in all, cuts off after Javert’s Suicide. Better mixed than the other soundboard. No skipping either. Sounds like an understudy for Marius, the one in the other soundboard is much better.
3CD (A+)

Mexico, 2003
Carlos Vittori, Luis Rene Aguirre, Natalia Sosa, Leonardo Luiz
3SP. SOUNDBOARD. CDs nicely tracked although there’s quite a bit of skipping toward the end of disc one starting at “Who Am I?” and also towards the latter part of the “Finale”, as if the discs weren’t burned properly. Missing “Stars” and includes exit music. Some pre-recorded parts (French army voices at the barricade) can’t be heard. Understudy for Mme. Thernardier. Great voices all around, especially Marius.
3CD (A for non-skipping parts)

London, March 22, 2003
Hans-Peter Janssens, Michael McCarthy, Carmen Cusack, Ramin Karimloo (u/s), Rebecca Seale (u/s), Helen French, Paul Manuel, Sean Kingsley (u/s), Rosemary Ashe, David Ashley (Grantaire)
1st gen from master. Good recording, very quiet but clear. Janssens is fine but has the most irritating accent I’ve ever heard. One of two recordings with Ramin as Marius that I’ve seen. He’s wonderful as can be expected.
3CD (A)

Broadway, Apr. 16, 2003
Mike Eldred (u/s), Terrence Mann, Jayne Paterson, Kevin Kern, Diana Kaarina, Heather Ferguson (u/s), Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman, Aymee Garcia
Slight blips between tracks; the cast seems to have had trouble with diction for this performance.
2CD (A-)

London, May 3, 2003
Hans-Peter Janssens, Alan Vicary (u/s), Hadley Fraser, Sophia Ragavelas, Lydia Griffiths (u/s), Paul Manuel, Stephen Tate, Rosemary Ashe, David Ashley (Grantaire)
A little quiet.
2CD (A-)

Broadway, May 18, 2003
Randal Keith, Michael McCarthy, Jayne Paterson, Kevin Kern, Diana Kaarina, Sandra Turley, Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman, Aymee Garcia, David McDonald
Not a great audio by any stretch of the imagination, but it is the final Broadway Les Mis and it is listenable.
3CD (B-)

London, May 24, 2003
Hans-Peter Janssens, Alan Vicary (u/s), Helen French (2nd u/s), Hadley Fraser, Sophia Ragavelas, Sarah Lane (stand-in), Paul Manuel, Sean Kingsley (u/s), Rosemary Ashe
1st gen from master. Great recording.
3CD (A+)

London, October 13, 2003
Ian Pirie (u/s), Nic Greenshields (u/s), Jean McGlynn (u/s), Jon Lee, Sophia Ragavelas, Lydia Griffiths, Oliver Thornton, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe
Very clear digital audio, except on the quiet side with orchestra sometimes overwhelming vocals. The odd second also dropped here and there and some coughing from the taper. Includes exit music. One of the other few audios of the fab Greenshields as Javert, one of the youngest people to play the role. Pirie is an excellent Valjean understudy if a bit lackluster on the acting front.
2CD (A-)

Berlin (Theater des Westens, October 26, 2003
Kasper Holmboe, Uwe Kröger, Ann-Christin Elverum, Lucius Wolter, Vera Bolton, Valerie Link, Martin Pasching, Ulrich Wigger, Heike Wiltrud Schmitz
Clear sound but extremely skewed to the right, echoey, and sometimes overwhelmed by the winds. Missing bits between tracks and cuts out a bit of Javert’s suicide. Holmboe does a lovely job, his voice is on the heavier side but has no trouble reaching the high notes, giving him more profound despair rather than triumph on the higher parts which works very well. Link is also the second really great Cosette that I've heard since Moller. Kröger does quite well as well.
2CD (B+)

West Point, NY, 3NT, November 1, 2003
Randal Keith, James Clow, Tonya Dixon, Josh Young, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Amanda Huddleston, John-Andrew Clark, Michael Kostroff, Cindy Benson, Robert Hunt (Grantaire)
Heavy on the percussion and a bit tinny but very clear. Some scratching and clipping during the Robbery and for sporadic moments in the Finale. Very rare audio of Clow, he’s lovely as one of the youngest to ever play Javert.
2CD (A-)

London, Nov. 3, 2003
Jeff Leyton, Michael McCarthy, Joanna Ampil, Jon Lee, Lauren James (u/s), Gillian Bud (u/s), Oliver Thornton, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe, Matthew Atwell (Grantaire)
Excellent quality audio. Leyton is, well, his scream for “Took my flight!” sounds exactly like a woman’s and I about fell out of my chair laughing. Ampil has to be one of the best Fantines I’ve ever heard.
3CD (A-)

London, Nov. 13, 2003
Jeff Leyton, Nic Greenshields (u/s), Joanne Ampil, Jon Lee, Sophia Ragavelas, Lydia Griffiths, Alexis James (u/s), Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe, Matthew Atwell (Grantaire)
Act One only. On the quiet side with some overload on loud bits and parts with heavy bass. Greenshields is an excellent u/s Javert, and it is interesting to see someone so young in that role.
2CD (B+)

London (Queen’s Theatre), May 22, 2004 (matinee)
Ian Pirie (u/s), Michael McCarthy, Joanna Ampil, Jon Lee, Lauren James (u/s), Gillian Budd (u/s), Oliver Thornton, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe
This is the scaled-down version at the much smaller Queen’s Theatre; nice recording with a good (Scottish) understudy Valjean; some overload at loud bits.
2CD (A-)

Powderham Castle (UK), August 1, 2004
Nicholas Pound, Fred Johanson, Rebecca Thornhill, Ramin Karimloo, Dianne Pilkington, Jaime Farr, David Bardsley, Tony Timberlake, Rosemary Ashe
Good recording of a pretty one-off concert in the UK. Damned annoying three-second pauses as well. Features the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by David White. Recording has some trouble when volume of singing/music increases with some overload and orchestra frequently overwhelms vocals but not terribly bad. Pound’s voice could be stronger, but at least he hits all the notes easily. Thornhill is a wonderful Fantine. Timberlake and Ashe make an incredible team, one of the best Thenardier pairs I’ve ever heard. Ramin is…well, Ramin. An absolute delicacy for the senses.
2CD (B)

London, Aug. 26, 2004
Sean Kingsley, Michael McCarthy, Joanna Ampil, Gary Tushaw, Gemma Wardle, Lydia Griffiths, Oliver Thornton, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe, Matt Harrop (Grantaire)
Not listened to yet, supposedly excellent quality.
3CD (A)

London, September 15, 2004
Sean Kingsley, Michael McCarthy, Siubhan Harrison (u/s), Gary Tushaw, Kelly-anne Gower (u/s), Julia Möller, Ramin Karimloo, Troy Sussman (u/s), Katy Secombe, Drew-Levi Huntsman (Gavroche), Anna Rose O'Sullivan (Young Cosette)
TRANSFER from 1st gen minidiscs. Have reduced a lot of bass and boosted vocals. Still suffers a bit from overlarge space echoey-ness. Frequent mic adjustments. Skews slightly to the left and moves uncomfortably close to the percussion section for Act Two. Some great understudies in this. Siubhan and Kelly-anne are *incredible*, they really are! Siubhan’s got a gorgeous gorgeous voice that reminds me of Carmen Cusack. Troy is a hoot.
3CD (A/A-)

London, Sept. 27, 2004, 7:30pm
Sean Kingsley, Mark Dickinson(u/s), Joanna Ampil, Gary Tushaw, Gemma Wardle, Julia Moller, Ramin Karimloo, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe, Matt Harrop (Grantaire)
Very good quality, nearly perfect except for some mic scratching at infrequent intervals on the first disc. Ramin is AMAZING as Enjolras I think even non-Ramin fanatics would agree on that. Ampil’s performance is a standout, people start cheering *before* she even begins singing IDaD. Moller is not as good as she is in the October audio.
3CD (A)

London, Oct. 29, 2004
Tim Godwin (u/s), Michael McCarthy, Joanna Ampil, Daniel Reeves (u/s), Amanda-Jane Callaghan (u/s), Julia Moller, Ramin Karimloo, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe
Has been listed with a different Eponine, it is Amanda, I believe. Very very light hiss, extremely clear audio. One of the best.Tim Godwin is an excellent Valjean, and there's a pause in the show - can bet that floor was acting up again!
2CD (A)

Pittsburgh, PA 3NT, Jan. 11, 2005
Randal Keith, Trent Blanton (u/s), Tonya Dixon, Adam Jacobs, Melissa Lyons, Leslie Henstock, John-Andrew Clark, Michael St. John
Recorded from second row; nice recording but a skipping bit in the work song; has exit music.
2CD (A)

London, May 4, 2005 matinee
Sean Kingsley, Michael McCarthy, Joanna Ampil, Daniel Reeves (u/s), Gemma Wardle, Julia Moller, Ramin Karimloo, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe
Oh Ramin, we miss you.
2CD (A)

San Francisco, CA 3NT, June 9, 2005, evening
Randal Keith, Robert Hunt, Tonya Dixon, Adam Jacobs, Melissa Lyons, Leslie Henstock, Michael Halling, David Benoit, Jennifer Butt
First preview performance. Bassy and slightly muffled but very listenable. Third CD is quieter than the others.
2CD (B+)

San Francisco, CA 3NT, June 15, 2005, matinee
Randal Keith, Pierce Peter Brandt (u/s), Tonya Dixon, Adam Jacobs, Melissa Lyons, Leslie Henstock, Michael Halling, David Benoit, Jennifer Butt, Noah E. Galvin (Gavroche), Rachel Schier (Young Cosette – first week)
Analog, some hiss and a bit tinny-sounding with some overload. FANTASTIC performances, the audience goes nuts. First audio with Halling as the new Enjolras, he’s a little vibrato-happy. Standout performances from Keith, Brandt, Jacobs, and Lyons.
3CD (B+)

San Francisco, CA 3NT, July 2, 2005, matinee
Roger Seyer (u/s), Robert Hunt, Joan Almedilla, Adam Jacobs, Melissa Lyons, Nina Negri (u/s), Michael Halling, James Chip Leonard (u/s), Jennifer Butt, Trent Blanton (Grantaire), Sean Gilbert (Gavroche), Rachel Schier (Young Cosette)
Muffled and bass heavy but no hiss.
3CD (B/B+)

London, July 12, 2005
John Owen-Jones, Cornell John, Kerry Ellis, Hayden Tee, Shonagh Daly, Julia Moller, Shaun Escoffery, Christopher Key (2nd u/s), Claire Moore
Nice and clear, a little deep and heavy on the bass, but that could just be the wide space. Seems to have been recorded from quite close to the stage. Only flaw would be coughing and excessive whispering from the taper. JOJ is incredible as Valjean, even better than his 1999 run where he was already excellent. Ellis is a *brilliant* Fantine, probably my fave now.
2CD (A)

San Francisco, CA 3NT, July 23, 2005, evening
Randal Keith, Robert Hunt, Joan Almedilla, Charles Hagerty (u/s), Melissa Lyons, Leslie Henstock, Michael Halling, Norman Large, Jennifer Butt, Trent Blanton (Grantaire), Noah E. Galvin (Gavroche), Meg Guzulescu (Young Cosette)
Analog, some hiss and a bit tinny-sounding but no overload. EXCELLENT cast overall. Large is a great Thenardier…quite a long way from his days as Phantom! More than half a minute of applause for Keith’s BHH, incredible. I prefer Hagerty to Jacobs.
3CD (A-)

San Francisco, CA 3NT, July 24, 2005, matinee (final)
David Michael Felty (u/s), Robert Hunt, Joan Almedilla, Kevin David Thomas (u/s), Melissa Lyons, Leslie Henstock, Michael Halling (final), Norman Large, Jennifer Butt, Sean Gilbert (Gavroche), Rachel Schier (Young Cosette), Roger Seyer (Courfeyrac – final)
A bit quiet and buzzy. Final show in SF and final show for some people (Halling, Seyer). Felty is good, incredible last note on Who Am I? Thomas is decent as Marius as well…he comes in at the wrong time for Empty Chairs, poor man.
3CD (B+/A-)

London, August 9, 2005
John Owen-Jones, Cornell John, Kerry Ellis, Hayden Tee, Shonagh Daly, Julia Moller, Shaun Escoffery, Barry James, Claire Moore
A lot of coughing but clear; an uncommon really full cast, no understudies or swings throughout.
2CD (A)

London, September 3, 2005
John Owen-Jones, Jeff Nicholson (u/s), Kerry Ellis, Hayden Tee, Shonagh Daly, Julia Moller, Shaun Escoffery, Barry James, Claire Moore, Tim Godwin (Grantaire u/s)
Nice and clear and finally, a good Javert!
2CD (A)

London, October 15, 2005
John Owen-Jones, Cornell John, Kerry Ellis, Hayden Tee, Shonagh Daly, Amy Ellen Richardson (u/s), David Thaxton (u/s), Barry James, Claire Moore, Jeff Nicholson (Grantaire)
Really nice and clear, with the best Enjolras around. Listen to his “until the earth is FREE!”
2CD (A)

London, Saturday, November 26, 2005, matinee
John Owen-Jones (Jean Valjean), Cornell John (Javert), Hayden Tee (Marius), Kerry Ellis (Fantine), Shogna Daly (Eponine), Shaun Escoffrey (Enjolras) Amy Ellen-Richardson (Cosette u/s), Barry James (Thenardier) & Claire Moore (Mme Thenardier).
Lovely audio but the orchestra sometimes drowns out the voices (it was recorded close to the stage). John is amazing as usual but goes slightly flat on the end of Who Am I. Bring Him Home brings the house down. Cornell cracks at the beginning of Stars. Certainly not one of his greatest performances. Hayden is fab. Shogna still shouts too much. Richardson is great as Cosette. Escoffrey delivers one of his best shows, his acting is impeccable. Barry James and Claire Moore are a perfect duo. The audience really got into the swing of things especially by act two. I start the applause on occasion. A little mic adjustment, noise from people coughing nearby are the only downsides but it’s not a problem. You can also hear the conductor turning his score over at times. Includes John’s National Aid’s Day speech, the bit missing due to mic noise is “Does my hair look alright”. Includes exit music and pre-show announcement.
3CD (A)

London, December 17, 2005, matinee
John Owen-Jones, Cornell John, Kerry Ellis, Hayden Tee, Shonagh Daly, Julia Moller, Shaun Escoffrey, Barry James, Claire Moore
3CD (A)

London, December 23, 2005, matinee
John Owen-Jones, Cornell John, Kerry Ellis, Hayden Tee, Shonagh Daly, Julia Möller, David Thaxton (u/s), Barry James, Claire Moore, Paul Westhead (Bamatabois/Courfeyrac)
ACT ONE ONLY.
2CD (A)

Waterbury, CT 3NT, March 26, 2006
Randal Keith, Pierce Peter Brandt (u/s), Joan Almedilla, Daniel Bogart, Melissa Lyons, Ali Ewoldt (u/s), Victor Wallace, Fabio Polanco, Shahara Ray (u/s), Trent Blanton (Grantaire), Austyn Meyers (Gavroche), [full cast list available]
Very clear. Lots of overload on loud parts at the beginning, gets a little better after “Soliloquy”. Wallace has a great “until the earth is FREE!” though not quite up to Thaxton’s trademark.
2CD (B+)

Los Angeles 3NT, June 11, 2006
Jason Kraack (u/s), Robert Hunt, Joan Almedilla, Daniel Bogart, Melissa Lyons, Suzanna Neeley Bridges (u/s), Victor Wallace, Norman Large, Jennifer Butt, Dave Hugo (Grantaire), [full cast list available]
Sounds quite distant and echoey and underlying hiss. A better representation of Kraack than his 2005 flub-filled appearance. Hunt is absolutely divine to listen to, his Suicide is wonderfully compelling.
3CD (B+)

London, October 8, 2006
John Owen-Jones, Hans Peter Janssens, Sophia Ragavelas, Jon Lee, Gina Beck, Sabrina Aloueche, Simon Bailey, Chris Vincent, Tracie Bennett, Anthony Andrews (narrator)
21st Anniversary Concert. Taken from radio broadcast; cuts to make it fit in the time slot; different from the TAC cuts.
2CD (A)

Broadway, October 24, 2006
Alexander Gemignani, Norm Lewis, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Jacobs, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ali Ewoldt, Aaron Lazar, Gary Beach, Jenny Galloway
First preview of the revival; some flubs from some of the performers; overload and it sounds like the taper was sitting very near to the percussion, so sometimes the vocals are sometimes overpowered.
2CD (B+)

Broadway, October 28, 2006
Alexander Gemignani, Norm Lewis, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Jacobs, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ali Ewoldt, Aaron Lazar, Gary Beach, Jenny Galloway, Jacob Levine (Gavroche), Carly Sonenclar (Young Cosette)
2CD

Broadway, November 30, 2006
Alexander Gemignani, Norm Lewis, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Jacobs, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ali Ewoldt, Drew Sarich (u/s – 1st perf), Gary Beach, Jenny Galloway, Matt Clemens (Grantaire)
Drew’s first performance. He completely steals the show.
2CD

Broadway, January 16, 2007
Alexander Gemignani, Norm Lewis, Nikki Renee Daniels (u/s), Adam Jacobs, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ali Ewoldt, Aaron Lazar, Gary Beach, Jenny Galloway, Brian D’Addario (Gavroche), Carly Rose Sonenclar (Young Cosette), Tess Adams (Young Eponine), Marissa McGowan* (in Nikki Renee Daniels’ track), Q. Smith* (in Kate Chapman’s track), Stephen Trafton* (in Doug Kreeger’s track)
Thank the heavens for a good Fantine.
2CD (A-) Broadway, March 9, 2007
Alexander Gemignani, Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, Adam Jacobs, Marissa McGowan (u/s), Ali Ewoldt, Aaron Lazar, James Chip Leonard (u/s), Jenny Galloway, Drew Sarich (Grantaire), Tess Adams (Young Cosette), Jacob Levine (Gavroche)
2CD

St. Gallen, Switzerland, March 19, 2007, evening
Oskar Bly, Mathias Edenborn, Caroline Vasicek, Jesper Tydén, Lucy Scherer, Eva Gullvåg Aasgaard, Ivar Helgason, Kurf Schrepfer, Sonja Atlas
2CD (B)

Unofficial Videos


Cast List Goes: Les Miserables cast list goes: Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Marius, Eponine, Cosette, Enjolras, Thenardier, Mme Thenardier

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Hungary (Rock Theatre), 1985
Gyula Vikidál, Pál Makrai, Kriszta Kováts, Sándor Sasvári, Anikó Nagy, Zsuzsa Csarnóy, Attila Kaszás, Gyula Szombathy, Dóra Szinetár (Young Cosette), József Mezödi
PRO-SHOT. One of the first ever non-replica productions. The entire set looks different, the prison scene in the beginning built with a full prison and there's no revolving stage. A narrator announces scene changes. Excellent soundboard audio. Some fuzziness from age and red tint from PAL conversion but no gen loss. Some video glitches cut up “Master of the House”. Filming is a nice mix of full stage and close up shots. Overall, I was not too impressed with the performances. Valjean painfully screams the high notes he can’t reach (and there are a lot of them), and Fantine's belting is mediocre. Pretty decent acting, though.
PAL DVD (A-)

Tel Aviv, 1989
Dudu Fisher and original Tel Aviv cast
PRO-SHOT. A non-revolving production with some different set design and staging. Most color gone, fuzzy picture and general generation loss.
DVD (B-)

Sydney, Jan. 26, 1989 (Australia Day Concert)
Normie Rowe, John Deidrich, Debbie Byrne, Peter Cousens, Laura Hamilton, Marina Prior, Anthony Warlow, William Zappa, Robyn Arthur
A Pro-Shot Multi-Camera Video of this great concert! Shows its age, but overall brilliant! The concert is superimposed with production photos corresponding with the scenes. Includes full credits, encores, a performance of the Australian national anthem, and pre-show and post-show footage of actors in costume watching the fireworks. Warlow and Prior are wonderful. Hamilton, however, sounds like she’s imitating Britney Spears.
DVD (A)

London, December 28, 1991
Stig Rossen, Paul Leonard, ?, Darryl Knock, Meredith Braun, Sarah Jane Hassell, Mike Sterling (u/s), Jenna Russell
PRO-SHOT with an in-house camera. Full stage shot, no zooms and perpetual dark picture. You can’t really tell who the actors are unless you know who you’re looking for. Sound is very good. Includes footage of international casts performing big numbers and an A+-quality special documentary called “Behind the Barricade” that has interviews with the composers, production team and actors including Craig Schulman and David Masenheimer from the production in Singapore.
DVD (C+/A+)

Amsterdam, 1991 or 1992, Carré Theatre
Henk Poort, Peter De Smet, Pia Douwes, Vera Mann, Joke de Kruijf
Shot from a tripod by the production. Meant to be for the cast, but copies have leaked out. This is a hard video to grade. The camera is very steady and follows action well. There are also great zooms and the video quality itself is very good. But, it clearly suffers from poor DVD conversion, there are occasional “flashes” where the picture switches from color to black and white. Also, the sound has clearly suffered the most and is scratchy and inconsistent. However, the cast could not be better and overall performance is excellent and well worth watching.
PAL DVD (B-)

Scheveningen, 1992
Henk Poort, Pia Douwes (Fantine), Joke de Kruijf (Cosette), Uwe Kroger? (Enjolras)
PRO-SHOT from a tripod at the rear of orchestra. I can’t promise this isn’t the same video as above for the quality is similar. But the angle looks different and the sound is better. A bit of the “In My Life” intro missing. No cast info provided, and I’ve filled in all those whom I recognize. Excellent cast and camera unsurprisingly follows the show brilliantly.
PAL DVD (B)

Les Magical MIZtory Tour (10 Years Of Pent Up Angst)
Sydney, Australia, April 9, 1995
The cast and crew of Australia 's Les Miserables in their annual Easter Charity benefit. Each of Cameron McIntosh's Australian shows participates at midnight after their regular performances. These shows feature the cast members parodying songs and other shows, with a slight tilt towards their own productions. Pro shot for video, these tapes were made for cast and crew only. Very rare! Very enjoyable shows!
DVD (A)

Karlstad, Sweden, 1996
Björn Eduard, Marcus Jupither, Ann Sigurdsson, Trond Teigen, Annica Edstam, Monica Danielsson, Patrik Martinsson, Bengt Krantz, Sylvia Härwell
PRO-SHOT of a non-replica production. Lots of close-ups, some gen loss.
PAL DVD (A-)

Chelmsford, England, August 24, 1997 (In Concert)
Jeff Leyton, Michael McCarthy, Ruthie Henshall, Matthew Cammelle, Frances Ruffelle, Annalene Beechey, David Bardsley, Chris Langham, Gay Soper
PRO-SHOT. Recorded through the concert’s big-screen cameras which relayed the action on stage to the massive crowd, this is a brilliantly clear DVD with fantastic close-ups. Audio fed in from soundboard. Humorous part at the end where the announcement is made to the crowd about getting home, just a real juxtaposition of the previous brilliance… “One Day More!”...“For those heading to Chelmsford Railway station or getting a coach, could you please leave by exit 3.” Wonderfully engaging cast.
DVD (A-)

Duisburg, September 25, 1998
Sandor Sasvari, Reinhard Brussmann, Birte Holmboe, Milanie Sumalinog, Chris Morandi, Aleks di Capri
Generation loss.
PAL DVD (B+)

Toronto, 3NT, November 8, 1998
Colm Wilkinson, Todd Johnson, Susan Gilmour, Jessica Wilson, Tim Howar, Regan Thiel
HIGHLIGHTS. Generation loss.
NTSC DVD (B-/C+)

Budapest, Madach Theatre, 1999
Sandor Sasvari (Valjean), Gyula Vikidal (Javert), Zoltan Bereczky (Marius), Renata Krassy (Cosette)
FULL STAGE PRO SHOT. Quality is only fair and the lack of zooms does not let you see any faces. Pretty good performances but nothing outstanding.
PAL DVD (B-)

Broadway, March 6, 1999
Fred Inkley, Philip Hernandez, Alice Ripley, Peter Lockyer, Megan Lawrence, Gary Mauer (Enjolras), Cristina Faicco (Young Cosette)
Only video known of Gary as Enjolras, and he gives a great performance. Nice ensemble as well. Unfortunately pretty crappy filming, almost entirely full stage shot and sometimes at strange angles, spotlight washout. ALSO INCLUDES Forbidden Broadway spots, press reels, TV spots, Les Mis on 20/20 and MUCH MORE.
2 NTSC DVDs (B-/A extras)

Duisburg, November 13, 1999
Dennis Dubbin (u/s), Kaspar Holmboe (alt), Jacqueline Braun (alt), Michael Shawn Lewis, Melanie May Po (alt), Wiebke Wötzel (u/s), Paul Donkers, Alexander Zamponmi (u/s), Kati Farkas
REPLACEMENT DISC, transfer from 1st gen. Perfect quality, no PAL tinge or distortions. This cast, though replete with understudies, has to be one of the best I’ve ever seen. Dubbin is an incredible understudy with an amazingly versatile voice (listen to his high note on Who Am I!); he’s well on his way to becoming a favorite. MSL is as good a Marius as he is a Raoul. An all-together unbeatable video.
PAL DVD (A)

Duisburg, Nov. 28, 1999 (final performance)
Charles Fornara, Hartwig Rudolz, Maya Haakvort, Michael Shawn Lewis, Jacqueline Braun, Lilian Marti, Paul Donkers, Claus Dam, Kati Farkas, Dennis Dubbin
PRO-SHOT. Includes ultra long curtain call, and an encore performance of Do You Hear…? Great picture, some minor buzzing in the sound for the first 30 seconds. Shot from a tripod, lots of great zooms. The orchestra also sounds great. I'm a big fan of Fornara’s acting, even though his voice is not best. Rudolz, Haakvort, Lewis, and Braun are lovely. Great audience as well. Great closing night ad-libs, where Marius carries a rose to Cosette for “Heart Full of Love” and Thenardier stats belting crazy notes at the Wedding Feast.
PAL DVD (A-)

London, Dec. 11, 1999
John Owen-Jones, John Stacey, Gunilla Backman, Tom Lucas, Jaime Farr (u/s), Jane Horn (u/s), Mark Powell (u/s), Cameron Blakely, Joanna Mays
Time to talk about how much I love this video. Filmed from the Orchestra (Stalls) at The Palace Theatre. Great zooms and color, some heads and sometimes the conductor’s hands (although that makes for a cool effect) obstruct sometimes, and the grade is lowered for those reasons. A fantastic video of the show with the most amazing close-ups in any video I’ve ever seen without any pixelation. Ending instrumental bit of IDaD and the last bit in the sewers missing. JOJ is as amazing a Valjean as he is a Phantom and he and Stacey have great chemistry together. Lucas is the best Marius I have ever seen with an astonishing voice, his “Empty Chairs” is utterly heart-breaking. My only gripe is the wig. Farr sings through her noise like nobody’s business and acts like a whiny brat, ugh. Blakely is far too subdued as Thenardier. And the Gavroche is one amazing kid.
PAL DVD (A-)

Japan, 2000
Takeshi Kaga, Souma Suzuki, Honoka Suzuki, Katsumi Toi, Kaho Shimada, Takako Horiuchi, Kohjiroh Oka, Haruhiko Saitoh, Kumiko Mori
Sound is good, and there is a little generation loss, but a great video for its time. Follows the action and has zooms.
PAL (?) DVD (B+)

Los Angles (Ahmanson Theatre) 3NT, Feb. 7, 2000
Ivan Rutherford, Stephen Bishop, Joan Almedilla, Tim Howar, Sutton Foster, Regan Thiel, J.P. Dougherty, Aymee Garcia
Great video; fabulous quality and well shot, with nice-looking cast credits at the beginning.
NTSC DVD (A)

Budapest, 2001
Laszlo Molnar (Valjean), Peter Forgacs (Thenardier)
MULTI-CAMERA PRO-SHOT. SOUNDBOARD audio. Fuzzy around the edges and sometimes has video blips from the PAL transfer. This hardly matters though, because it has enough close-ups to be a professional movie. Gorgeous non-replica production in Hungary. Fantine is particularly impressive, she dies with her eyes open... and keeps them open for a good 15 seconds before Valjean closes them. Enjolras is rather wimpy though.
PAL DVD (A)

Broadway, Apr. 25, 2001, matinee
Ivan Rutherford, Shuler Hensley, Jane Bodle, Peter Lockyer, Sandra Turley, Catherine Brunell, Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman, Betsy Joslyn
The last 25 minutes or so has some slight snow, no picture until Valjean is paroled.
PAL (?) DVD (A-)

Broadway, June 9, 2001
Roger Seyer (u/s), Shuler Hensley, Jacquelyn Piro, Peter Lockyer, Jessica Grove (u/s – First performance), Nick Wyman (Thenardier)
1st gen. Lovely lovely quality. Slight problem with the DVDs, where sound gets half a second desynched with the video towards the end of Act One. Not the taper’s best filming, but still one of the best Les Mis videos out there. Second act starts right before Eponine’s errand and video doesn’t come in until Valjean and Eponine meet. Seyer is a much better Valjean than the audio of him gets across, his acting is wonderful and delivers a spellbinding BHH.
VHS or 2 NTSC DVDs* (A)

Milwaukee/Peoria, July 28-Aug. 5, 2001
Cast (Varies)
2nd gen. Compiled highlights from five different videos, runs about six hours. Camera focuses on understudies during their performances, who include David Michael Felty and Bart Shatto as Valjean (Keith is in the three other shows), Trent Blanton and Graham Rowat as Javert, Daniel Bogart as Marius, and Amanda Huddleston as Cosette. Full cast lists available upon request.
Trades as two full videos. VHS unavoidably recorded in EP mode.
VHS (A-)

Broadway, October 3, 2001
Ivan Rutherford, Shuler Hensley, Jacquelyn Piro, Peter Lockyer, Catherine Brunell, Melissa Minyard (u/s), Ben Davis, Nick Wyman, Betsy Joslyn, Christiana Anbri (Young Cosette/Eponine), Patrick Stogner (Gavroche)
2nd gen. A bit fuzzier than my first gen stuff but not by much. Lots of good zooms (including some close-up presets) and no obstructions. Awesome vid; the taper definitely knows the show. Excellent shots of Ben Davis, and only known video of him as Enjolras, he’s definitely got some pipes. Act I starts at the beginning of Valjean’s parole, and act II starts at the end of the letter scene.
VHS or 2 NTSC DVDs* (A-)

Broadway, May 25, 2002
John Cudia (u/s), Joseph Mahowald, Jacqueline Piro, Peter Lockyer, Sandra Turley, Diana Kaarina, Nick Wyman (Thenardier), Betsy Joslyn (Mme. Thenardier)
2nd Gen. Heavy head obstruction, but follows the show well. Cudia is a wonderful Valjean understudy, his tenor range sounds a bit thin at the beginning but it loosens up throughout the show for him to deliver a mesmerizing BHH. Mahowald is one of my fave Javerts, a great voice and delivering a more emotional performance than most actors in this role. Lockyer is incredibly hot and sounds great as Marius. Kaarina is gorgeous as well and makes a perfect Eponine. Wyman is my fave Thenardier. Though his voice is not the best, he is absolutely a riot to watch, he’s so comfortable in the role.
VHS or 2 NTSC DVDs*

Broadway, June 26, 2002
Andrew Varela (u/s), Phillip Hernandez, Jacquelyn Piro, Steven Brian Patterson, Diana Kaarina, Stephanie Waters, David Gagnon, Nick Wyman, Kathy Santen
Originally labeled June 24, but I think it was mislabeled. Nice close ups, sound is a bit overloaded. On the fuzzyish side, but the close-ups are beautiful.
2 NTSC DVDs (B+)

London, July 19/25, 2002
Hans Peter Janssens, Jerome Pradon, Carmen Cusack, Jody Crosier, Caroline Sheen, Sarah Lane, Jason McCann, Stephen Tate, Mandy Holliday
Hans and Carmen kick ass. Great video. Problem with the sound for the last 10-15 minutes of Act One, fine apart from that though. I believe it was filmed from one of the boxes, so a side view. Nice close ups. Middle of Epilogue missing – jumps from first verse to last verse.
DVD (A-)

Broadway, August 21, 2002
J. Mark McVey, Philip Hernandez, Peter Lockyer, Jodie Langel, Sandra Turley, Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman, Kathy Santen
Some heads. Act One is highlights from Waltz of Treachery. Act Two is much better, crystal clear with a lot of close-ups. Only known video of Langel as Eponine and she has to be the best that I’ve seen. The entire ensemble is on fire tonight, one of the strongest shows that I’ve seen.
DVD (A-/A)

Broadway, November 19, 2002
J. Mark McVey, David Masenheimer, Lauren Kennedy, Kevin Kern, Diana Kaarina, Sandra Turley, Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman
1st gen. Slight problem with the DVDs, where sound gets half a second desynched with the video towards the end of Act One. Stunning quality and some of the steadiest taping I’ve ever seen in a boot. Filmed by the same taper as the final Les Mis highlights. McVey has a decent voice but cannot act. Masenheimer is quickly becoming one of my favorite Javerts, great voice, great stage presence. Kennedy is a Fantine whose acting surpasses her voice, which wavers on the low notes. Kaarina is awesome as usual.
VHS or 2 NTSC DVDs* (A+)

Bømlo. Norway, 2003
MULTI-CAM PRO-SHOT. Crystal clear digital picture and sound, beautifully filmed. Might be a commercial release. I'm not positive, but it certainly looks like one. If so, perhaps available only in Norway.
2 PAL DVDs (A+)

Gainesville, FL, Feb. 1, 2003 (National Tour)
Steve Gannon (u/s), Stephen Tewksbury, Jayne Paterson, Stephen Brian Patterson, Amanda Huddleston, Jessica Snow-Wilson, Dallyn Vail Bayles, Michael Hayward-Jones, Jodi Capeless
Steady camera-hand for the most part. Mostly mid-zooms and close-ups, which causes the camera to miss some of the action. A little dark at times and the camera also tend to wander. Wonderful color and sound with minimal buzzing on loud notes. The cast is rather mediocre except for Peterson, whose Fantine is excellent.
DVD (B+)

Broadway, Apr. 22, 2003
Andrew Varela (u/s), Terrence Mann, Jayne Paterson, Stephen Brian Patterson? (u/s), Diana Kaarina, Sandra Turley, Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman
1st gen. Same incredible video quality as the final show. A lot of heads in the way lower the rating. Mann is…meh.
VHS or 2 NTSC DVDs* (A)

Broadway, May 18, 2003
Randal Keith, Michael McCarthy, Jayne Paterson, Kevin Kern, Diana Kaarina, Sandra Turley, Christopher Mark Peterson, Nick Wyman, Aymee Garcia, David McDonald
1st gen from digital master. HIGHLIGHTS, 65 minutes long. Final Broadway performance. The numbers included are One Day More, On My Own, Bring Him Home, A Little Fall Of Rain, Javert's Death, Empty Chairs At Empty Tables, and Finale. Includes the curtain speeches and numbers from a high school cast performance. Some heads, especially during standing ovations, but some of the best filming and best video quality I've ever seen in a boot. Wonderful performances all around. Camcorder battery was dying so the very last *note* of the One Day More Reprise with the cast cuts off abruptly, very annoying. Still a must for any Les Mis fan. Trades as full show.
VHS or NTSC DVD* (A)

Berlin (Theater des Westens), September 19, 2003
Oleh Vynnyk (Valjean), Uwe Kroger (Javert), Vera Bolton (Eponine)
Rehearsal footage with full orchestra, costumes, and staging, rehearsal runs about 30 minutes. Also includes a fan club meeting with the actors which runs about 20 minutes. Great close-ups. Bolton narrates the story between songs. Numbers performed are: “At the End of the Day,” “Master of the House,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Drink With Me,” “Bring Him Home,” and “One Day More”.
VCD (A)

London, July 14, 2004
Sean Kingsley, Michael McCarthy, Joanna Ampil, Gary Tushaw, Gemma Wardle, Lydia Griffiths, Oliver Thornton, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe
A great video, probably on the darker side in a few places, but it has gorgeous color, and great shots. Missing the beginning until Valjean’s Soliloquy. Sadly, I can’t stand Kingsley. He doesn’t sound like he’s having any trouble with the notes (although he does sound like he’s half-drunk), but he certainly looks it. His breathing motions and facial expressions are so overblown that he looks like a beginning voice student. Ampil is lovely, still my favorite Fantine – a glitch in the show where she sings IDaD in almost complete darkness until the lighting guy gets the spot fixed.
2 PAL DVDs (A-)

London, Oct. 29, 2004
Tim Godwin (u/s), Michael McCarthy, Joanna Ampil, Daniel Reeves (u/s), Amanda-Jane Callaghan (u/s), Julia Moller, Ramin Karimloo, Stephen Tate, Katy Secombe
HIGHLIGHTS. “Look Down” through “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “One Day More,” the first few minutes on the barricade in act II, “A Little Fall of Rain," and the finale; as good a picture as you’ll find; shot from the right mezz it appears, some obstruction in the lower screen at times but good zooms compensate. Sound is decent, but not the best. Heavy focus on Ramin, he has one hell of a belt but sings a bit too poppish for my tastes. Has been listed with a different Eponine, it is Amanda, I believe.
NTSC DVD (A)

Berlin, December 19, 2004
Chris Murray (u/s), Christian Müller (u/s), Henriette Grawwert (u/s), Lucius Wolter, Jana Stelley, Miriam Zipf, Martin Pasching (u/s), Cush Jung, Heike Schmitz, Frithjof Gernentz (Gavroche)
WONDERFUL quality.
DVD (A)

Berlin, December 26, 2004
Marc Clear, Chris Murray (u/s), Gerlinde Vliegenthart, Lucius Wolter, Jana Stelley, Miriam Zipf, Christian Müller, Cush Jung, Heike Schmitz
HIGHLIGHTS, focused on Javert, though includes Little Fall of Rain. Clear picture, perfect quality, and lots of close-ups. Includes menus and cast credits. For some reason, the kids get flowers at curtain call. A bit shaky but nothing too distracting. The only noticeable problem is when the video was converted to DVD, the compression sometimes causes the image to move in jerky motions. Murray is an admirable Javert, wonderfully flamboyant in all the right ways. Very interesting seeing someone so young in the role. Müller is also lovely in the limited amount that he appears in this video.
PAL DVD (A-)

Cincinnati, OH, April 30, 2006, evening
Randal Keith, Robert Hunt, Joan Almedilla, Daniel Bogart, Melissa Lyons, Leslie Henstock, Victor Wallace, Norman Large, Jennifer Butt, Mike Clemens (u/s Grantaire)
Closing night in Cincinnati. Shot from about ten rows back from the stage, orchestra left. Act One is audio only until Valjean shows up at the factory before Fantine is fired, with coverups during part of Lovely Ladies and about half of Master of the House. Act Two is audio only until a verse into On My Own with no other coverups, ends right at the last note of the show. Obstruction at times from a tall man - missing most of the action during A Little Fall of Rain because of this, but otherwise not too big a problem. Unashamedly focused upon Robert Hunt when he's on stage, that man is incredible. Not Randal’s best performance but Joan was having a good night. Very enthusiastic audience with lots of applause.
2 NTSC DVDs (B+)

London, May 6, 2006, evening
Tim Godwin (u/s), Cornell John, Kerry Ellis, Hayden Tee, Amanda Jane-Callaghan (u/s), Julia Moller, Nolan Dark (u/s), Barry James, Tracie Bennett
DIGITAL MASTER. First released of the current (lovely) London cast. Good video with some incredible understudies. IMO, Amanda and Nolan are better than the principles and Tim sounds uncannily like JOJ (Home Counties accent not-withstanding). About half of the Chain Gang song missing and filming starts in earnest during Valjean on parole. Other parts missed because of evil ushers include several random one-second cover-ups, part of the wedding and about half of Finale. Heads in the way sometimes block the action on the lower right of the stage, but they are shot around well. Vantage point provides some interesting views such as Fantine getting “whored-up” during Lovely Ladies. Wonderful performances from the entire cast but especially soon-to-be-Elphaba Kerry.
NTSC DVD* (A-)
"Who Am I?" Clip (NOTE: The poor audio/video quality of this clip is in no way representative of the actual video)

St. Louis, July 23, 2006
Randal Keith, Robert Hunt, Joan Almedilla, Daniel Bogart, Melissa Lyons, Leslie Henstock, Victor Wallace, Norman Large, Jennifer Butt, Ali Ewoldt
Final Tour Performance. EXTREMELY dark and a bit fuzzy due to taper’s low light meter, bringing the rating down quite a bit. Soliloquy, IDAD, Runaway Cart, and all facial features are barely visible. Filming is also quite shaky with an excessive amount of wandering, unfortunate as the performances are top-notch. Randal’s BHH was, predictably, amazing. The entire cast and crew came out at the end for bows.
NTSC DVD (B-)

Broadway, November 11, 2006
Victor Hawks (u/s), Norm Lewis, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Jacobs, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ali Ewoldt, Aaron Lazar, Gary Beach, Jenny Galloway
First minute sound only. After that good video. A little dark in some places. Great sound.
NTSC DVD (A-)

Broadway, November 16, 2006
Alexander Gemignani, Norm Lewis, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Jacobs, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ali Ewoldt, Aaron Lazar, Gary Beach, Jenny Galloway, Drew Sarich, Tess Adams
1st GEN. Taper says: “First 15 minutes contain lots of blackouts, but after that its very good. Great picture and sound. Most of the cast was fabulous...and I have to say...I was ROOTING for Daphne…I heard some unpleasant things...but was like they must be wrong...but BOY was I wrong...some of the worst acting…and she actually croaks when Valjean is trying to help her. One of those "what were they thinking" - during Castle on a Cloud the little girl had a frog in her throat, and rather than taking one big cough to clear it...she took about 6 small ones, and still never got it out. Kinda felt bad for her. Norm, Alex, Gary, Jenny, Celia were all sensational.”
NTSC DVD (A)

Broadway, February 17, 2007
Alexander Gemignani, Norm Lewis, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Adam Jacobs, Celia Kennan-Bolger, Ali Ewoldt, Drew Sarich (u/s), Gary Beach, Jenny Galloway
Could almost pass for a commercial release; beautiful, steady camerawork, broadcast quality picture and sound, simply unbelievable recording, the best unofficial Les Mis out there. Includes professional menus.
NTSC DVD (A+)

Broadway, May 12, 2007, matinee (and February 24, 2007, evening)
Alexander Gemignani, Drew Sarich (u/s), Lea Salonga, Adam Jacobs, Mandy Bruno, Ali Ewoldt, Gary Beach, Ann Harada
DIGITAL MASTER. The new cast. Filmed in widescreen. Also includes through Soliloquy of February 24, 2007, evening performance in fullscreen. Amusing to see Alex gain significant weight between the two dates. Act One complete, Act Two begins at Eponine’s Errand. Rampant ushers cause some cover-ups, including one minute of IDaD (grrr) and 20 seconds of Stars. Alex is *much* improved from February and truly draws you in. As a tenor, Drew has trouble reaching some of the lower notes as Javert but his amazing acting more than makes up for that. Likewise, Mandy’s acting saves her from a weaker voice and a tendency to sing too slowly. Ann as Mme Thernardier is hilarious, especially when her accent unintentionally slips out.
2 NTSC DVDs* (A+)
Clips Trailer (NOTE: The poor audio/video quality of this clip is in no way representative of the actual video.)