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The album did come before the arena show.

I've also noticed the exaggeration and I wonder why they felt the need to stretch the truth? Or maybe they're referring to an earlier draft.

Still can't stop thinking about the Valjean/big 2nd solo idea. I'm obsessed!

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Quique wrote:
Or maybe they're referring to an earlier draft.


I'll give them the benefit of the doubt: maybe an earlier draft did end with Javert's suicide. Or maybe Trevor Nunn didn't really know much about the Paris production (since he wasn't involved with it) and hadn't listened to the concept album in a long time. He might have misremembered it.

Again, thanks Orestes. These notes are fascinating. For the most part I'm a fan who likes the musical as it is (though I would like to see it performed someday without any cuts - so far I never have), but I love exploring all these early ideas and "what could have been"s. :D


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Same here. As much fun as it is to think up a fantasy Les Mis with select changes installed to our liking (severe reduction of "Runaway Cart" :twisted:) I love the show as it is and wouldn't change it. I do like Orestes' ideas for Valjean and the finale but imagine the public backlash if they were to see the show without OMO? :shock: *Lynchmob*

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This was very weird to read, especially as I actually have liked the thought of the first production to be like it appears on the concept recording.

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The second half of the OFC is actually kind of a mess, it's all out of order and full of things that were cobbled together even though they were nowhere near each other in the show.


What is the correct order of the tracks, really?

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Anyone who vcan answer this?

Hans wrote:
What is the correct order of the tracks, really?

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Hans wrote:
Anyone who vcan answer this?

Hans wrote:
What is the correct order of the tracks, really?


The tracks for the second disc of the album are:

A la volonté du peuple
Cosette: Dans la vie
Marius: Dans la vie
Voilà le soir qui tombe
Le coeur au bonheur
L'un vers l'autre
La faute à Voltaire
La nuit d'angoisse
Demain
Ce n'est rien
L'aube du 6 juin
Noir et blanc
La mort de Gavroche
Marius et M. Gillenormand
Le mariage: 'Soyez heureux'
L'aveu de Jean Valjean
Marchandage et révélation
Epilogue: La lumière

In the performance version, it was:

A la volonté du peuple
Cosette: Dans la vie
Marius: Dans la vie
Voilà le soir qui tombe
L'un vers l'autre
Le coeur au bonheur
Demain
(Intermission)
('Souviens-toi des jours passés,' from 'La nuit d'angoisse, is first heard near the beginning of Act II)
La faute à Voltaire
Ce n'est rien
La nuit d'angoisse
(Only the very end of 'L'aube du 6 juin' is on the soundboard)

Noir et blanc
La mort de Gavroche
Marius et M. Gillenormand
Le mariage: 'Soyez heureux'
L'aveu de Jean Valjean
Marchandage et révélation
Epilogue: La lumière

And, of course, on the soundboard there was a lot of material between the tracks that wasn't on the OFC.

So basically, the order is completely screwed up there in the middle, to the point of putting the Act I finale smack in the middle of a bunch of songs from Act II.

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Orestes Fasting wrote:
So basically, the order is completely screwed up there in the middle, to the point of putting the Act I finale smack in the middle of a bunch of songs from Act II.


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Post Re: Details on the 1980 Paris production
Following the whole original 1980 brochure as posted already in the Random Pictures thread, another fellow at the abaisse forum found this:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4k3x5njjfhbnn ... 201980.pdf

Whole original 1980 production libretto as pdf!!

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Post Re: Details on the 1980 Paris production
Just saw both now (I know, I'm slow) and WOW! Awesome!

I haven't been this giddy in ages, LOL. Fresh, new Les Mis goodies and RARE ones, too.

Thanks a lot for posting (and sending!). :clap:

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Post Re: Details on the 1980 Paris production
The 1980 libretto was compiled by Gargamel I believe, but the program is genuine.


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Post Re: Details on the 1980 Paris production
rplunk2853 wrote:
The 1980 libretto was compiled by Gargamel I believe, but the program is genuine.


That's true, I posted it here several months ago too... But I need to find some time to update it whith the new transcriptions we found out and some details found in the show brochure. But I'll have to find some moment for it : It is quite time consuming !

Funny how things come out at the same moment : I just bought that brochure a few weeks ago on eBay... it is amazing ! 8-)


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Post Re: Details on the 1980 Paris production
Also, I am not sure if anybody found this before, but here's a video of one of the original Gavroches (Fabrice Ploquin) performing "La faute a Voltaire": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns8KJSlTn54


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