Les Misérables is a popular musical composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg
. It was adapted from Victor Hugo’s classic novel by French librettist Alain Boublil, and translated and rewritten into English by Herbert Kretzmer. This is also the name of a popular Quebec rock’n’roll band from the 1960s.
The story primarily follows Jean Valjean, a convict imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. After nineteen years, he is released on parole by the police inspector Javert. The saintly Bishop of Digne takes Valjean in and through his kindness persuades Valjean to change his life. Valjean moves to Montreuil-sur-Mer and becomes Mayor. He takes pity on Fantine, a worker who was layed off and became a prostitute due to his inaction, and accepts her dying wish to take care of her child, Cosette. Valjean flees from Javert, who is pursuing him for violation of his parole, and retrieves Cosette from the corrupt Thenardiers, who had been taking care of her. 15 years later, Valjean and Cosette move to Paris, where Cosette falls in love with Marius, a member of a group of students seekin...