Les Misérables School Edition


Book by: Alain Boublil

Lyrics by: Alain Boublil and Herbert Kretzmer

Music by: Claude-Michel Schönberg

Additional material by James Fenton

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo





Broadway's legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written. The show is the second longest running production on Broadway with 6,680 performances. It has been performed in over 30 languages and by people of all ages. Both student and adult productions are seen around the world.


This high school version is restricted only to cast members less than 19 years of age who are students. Numerous public, private and religious schools have performed the show with great success. Many productions have posted web pages with pictures and stories about the show. As with most Broadway shows and plays, language and content have been edited to insure the production is age appropriate.


This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later after Valjean proves his mettle during a student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean's adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed?


Originally adapted from Victor Hugo's timeless novel, Les Miserables, School Edition introduces a new generation to the grand and inspirational story that has touched the hearts of millions. For, within Les Miserables lies the universal truth "To love another person is to see the face of God" and this message is sure to have a lasting impact on your cast, crew, audience, and school alike.