Les Miz Montreal 1991
Les Misérables at the Théâtre St. Denis in Montreal opened January 24, 1991 and closed June 23, 1991 after 183 performances over a 22-week run to 300,000 audience members. Quebec’s first locally produced international mega-musical alternated English performances with French ones. Life behind the scenes at Les Miz was compared to a car-race pit stop; 700 costume changes to play the 340 characters.
Here is an excerpt of a digital archival review by Pat Donnelly published in the Montreal Gazette on January 25, 1991:
>>Last night marked the launching of the world’s first complete French version of this internationally renowned musical. Tonight, a second landmark opening, in English, will demonstrate the versatility of the world’s first bilingual Les Miz cast.<<