My personal favorite musical and book. Musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the book is written by Victor Hugo.
In this story we follow Jean Valjean, an exconvict who becomes good, but is always being chased by a policeman named Javert
Unlike popular belief Les Miserables is not set during the French Revolution, but after in a student led failed revolution called the June Rebellion
Les Miserables recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as a musical, and in London Jean Valjean is being played by Alfie Boe, Marius is being played by Gareth Gates, Cosette is being played by Katie Hall, and until Thurs Sept 15th 2011 Matt Lucas is playing M. Thenardier
"Les Miserables is set during the French Revoultion"
"No its not idiot! It's set during the June Rebellion!"