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Once more, with feeling

Les Miserables logoThe musical of Les Misérables, based on Victor Hugo’s epic saga, retains all of its sheen in 33 years of undimmed popularity—and counting.

by Sylvie Drake


With the release of the film made of the musical based on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, and considering that musical’s 33-year record run on stage, one has to ask: Why? Why does this show never seem to lose its luster? Is it the pathos? The action drama? The deep well of sentiment (as opposed to sentimentality) on which it draws? The pervasive heroics and genuine heroism of the piece?