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Les Miserables Is Best-Ever Musical???

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Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables has topped the polls in a radio vote for the best-ever musical. The show, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in October 2005, is a Royal Shakespeare Company production which started off at the Barbican back in 1985. It then moved to the West End’s Palace Theatre, where it played until April 2004 before moving down the road to its present home at the Queen’s Theatre. It won 41% of the vote in a BBC Radio 2 poll of over 400,000 listeners and was awarded the coveted title on Elaine Paige’s show yesterday (Sunday, 31 July 2005). The Phantom of the Opera, also produced by Cameron Mackintosh, claimed second place. Based on Victor Hugo's humanitarian novel about a persecuted man in 19th-century revolutionary France, Les Miserables has been seen worldwide by over 50 million people in more than 38 countries and in 21 languages. The current London cast includes John Owen-Jones, Hayden Tee, Cornell John, Kerry Ellis and Shonagh Daly.

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