After opening on October 5, 1985, Les Miserables remains the world's longest running and most beloved musical. Productions have played in 319 cities across forty-two countries, it has won more than a hundred major theatre awards, including an Olivier, Tony, and Grammy, and it has seen by an estimated seventy million people in audiences worldwide. This is the exclusive companion book to the world's best-loved musical. Lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred color and black-and-white photographs, The Complete Book of Les Miserables chronicles the show from its source in Victor Hugo's epic 1862 vel to the original Paris production and the making of the international hit. Edward Behr draws on firsthand interviews with the authors and producer, as well as cast members, directors, and designers from around the world, to convey all the excitement and trials in staging Les Miz. Also included are lists of opening nights, awards, and recordings, and--most important--the complete libretto.
Edward Behr was a writer, documentary filmmaker, and contributing editor of Newsweek. His books include The Algerian Problem; Anybody Here Been Raped and Speaks English?; Getting Even, a novel; the international bestseller The Last Emperor, based on the Bertolucci film; The Story of Miss Saigon, cowritten with Mark Steyn; and Hirohito: Behind the Myth. He died in Paris in 2007.