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TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1987, Jean Valjean begins his years of hiding from Javert as Les Misérables opens on Broadway. Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg based their book on the novel by Victor Hugo. Music is provided by Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Trevor Nunn stages. Colm Wilkinson and Terrence Mann star as the arch enemies. It will run for 6,680 performances, and for a time become the second longest running show in Broadway history.

For more on the original Broadway production of Les Misérables, including additional Playbill covers and a look inside the opening night Playbill, visit PlaybillVault.com.