Les Miserables Contest: Win Free Admission, T-Shirt, Soundtrack, Etc.

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables. Win tickets to see it.
Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Hugh Jackman as Valejan in Les Miserables, opening December 25th. Win tickets to see it.

Update: This contest is now closed. (The winner, picked at random through Random.org, is announced at the end of the comments, which are worth reading.)

GIVEAWAY TO Les Miserables

Enter to win the following:

Win a gift card to Les Miserables plus Les Mix soundtrack, t-shirt, journal
Win a gift card to Les Miserables plus Les Mis soundtrack, t-shirt, journal

$25 Fandango Gift Card to see Les Miserables in any U.S. movie theater available for ticketing on Fandango.com or your mobile device.

Les Miserables T-Shirt

Les Miserables Journal — the cover is like the poster; inside are blank pages for you to fill.

Les Miserables Soundtrack

In Les Miserables, ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after Valjean breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette.

Les Miserables began life as a novel by Victor Hugo in 1862 — Tolstoy called it the greatest novel ever written.

Its 1986 stage musical adaptation won eight 1987 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, ran on Broadway for 16 years and 6,680 performances (still the third longest-running show on Broadway), and grossed more than $400 million. Then it was revived just three years later.  Productions of the stage musical, which features such well-known songs as “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,” “Who Am I,” and of course “I Dreamed A Dream,” have been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages.

LesMisposterThe movie version of the musical, opening on December 25, 2012, stars Hugh Jackman as Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert,Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

It is directed by  Tom Hooper (“The Kings Speech”), with the same composer and lyricist as the stage musical, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer, and a screenplay credited to them plus Alain Boublil (the original co-librettist) and William Nicholson (“Shadowlands”: “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”)

To enter the contest, answer this question:

 Describe the best movie musical you’ve ever seen. What made it the best?

An optional additional question, not required:

What seems to be the key to a successful stage-to-screen adaptation of a musical?

Three requirements to win the tickets:

1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.

But you must answer the first question, with details, or your entry will not be approved for submission.

2. Please include in your answer your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)

3. This contest ends Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

53 thoughts on “Les Miserables Contest: Win Free Admission, T-Shirt, Soundtrack, Etc.

  1. Best movie musical ever seen: Little Shop of Horrors. The music and voices were great, the cast was incredible, and the story was hilarious. I could see it again and again. @lyndacc

  2. The best movie musical I have seen is The Sound Of Music. It left an impression on me at a young age and made my love of musicals thrive. You feel for every memeber of the family and the struggles they went thru. @connieb27

  3. My favorite movie musical is The Sound of Music because I grew up with is and Julie Andrews had one of the most beautiful voices ever. It’s one of the few musicals that I think improves on the stage version. @pataphysicalsci

  4. SINGING IN THE RAIN.. I remember seeing it for the first time with my grandpa and we laughed the entire way through the brilliant and funny movie.

  5. West Side Story. The combination of Bernstein and Robbins was genius. Best music and choreography!! @jeanvic24

  6. Technology has enabled us to do tremendous things with movies these days, but I’ll have to go with 42nd Street (1933) for its sheer heart and sincerity, and, of course, those astonishing Busby Berkeley dance numbers! This is the quintessential American Musical Theatre — it is so often imitated for good reason.

  7. “West Side Story” for me. I adored the music and lyrics, the choreography and developed a huge crush on Eliot Feld (Baby John) after seeing the film. I was a kid at the time and had no idea a lot of the singing voices were dubbed. I had the soundtrack album and played it over and over again, until I knew every note, beat and lyric. Shortly after seeing WSS, my family was at JFK airport and saw Ned Glass (Doc, the candy store owner) and we were so excited!

    Twitter name: @ellenronnie

  8. Little Shop of Horrors. It was the first move musical I saw and was just absolutely brilliant. I think it really captured the story well and is a staple in my mind of great movies.

  9. Tough question! I think Chicago is the best movie musical. Fantastic cast and GREAT show. Runners up: Evita (Madonna is the BEST Eva) and Grease (cult classic). I hope Les Mis is as good as I anticipate!

  10. The best movie musical is mamma Mia. Maybe it’s because I have never seen it live. But I feel they didn’t try and make it too serious. They just made it for a good time. And that’s what a abba musical should be.

  11. My heart has to go with “Mary Poppins;” although it was not a stage production first, it is a movie musical and it has a score that has to adapt to both live action and animated scenes, playful and serious situations, and has a diversity of styles performed by a wide representation of the cast. And it translated well to the stage.

    I think the key to a successful adaptation of stage-to-screen musical is the embracing of the fact that it is a stage production and the willingness to celebrate the characters breaking into song in what appear to be real-life settings.

  12. Best Musical Movie? Ohhh man, that would be a tie between Sound of Music (or anything with Julie Andrew singing) and Meet Me in St. Louis…not because it was an amazing movie or show, but it was the first musical I ever fell in love with at the tender age of 5. I think in order to make a good musical to movie film, you need to incorporate real theater actors in the cast. They know what they’re doing even though no one may know their name.


  13. Describe the best movie musical you’ve ever seen. What made it the best?
    My favorite, which might not be quite the same thing as best, is Moulin Rouge. It’s bold and zany. But that’s not a stage-to-screen adaptation. For that, my vote goes to The Music Man. It’s a classic piece of Americana and you get the same warm, happy feeling from watching the film that you do from seeing it live.
    What seems to be the key to a successful stage-to-screen adaptation of a musical?
    In today’s world, not trying to hide the fact that you are making a musical (ahem ahem Rob Marshall). Trust the form, don’t apologize for it.


  14. 1. I’m hoping that Les Miz will be my favorite, but out of all the current choices, I’d have to go with the Sound of Music (still delivers lo these many years later, great story, great songs, my 14 month-old niece loves it and recognizes it), though West Side Story is pretty freakin great, too (though dated). If I’m opening it up to movie musicals that were movies first, I’d tie SoM with Singin’ in the Rain – hilarious, great dancing, great songs, smart and talented gals win. If I’m including a movie musical that’s only a movie, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is awesome (dark, funny, good songs, good characters.) 2. I think a great stage-to-screen movie musical requires fully embracing the genre (better give me some dance, some belt/mixing, some need to sing) while adjusting for the medium (occasional close-ups, angles, huge screen, a great DP), lush & epic viz (that may fall into embracing the medium), and it’s got to move, make me feel like I’m the one singing & dancing. @bennyjennett

  15. Definitely Moulin Rouge. It has gorgeous sets and lovely music, but most importantly it has a gorgeous love story at the heart of it. That’s what grabs you and the music just helps bring you in. @kohyida

  16. I would have to go with The Music Man with Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth as my favorite stage-to-screen adaptation. That was my introduction to that show and it has since become one of my favorites. The quality of acting in that movie was equal to the quality of the singing which I think is important in any musical, whether on stage or on screen. I think that movie truly put the musical up on the screen rather than trying to alter it for “the new audience”. I think that since it was a TV movie, it was allowed to stay truer to the source material than a lot of the big screen musicals I’ve seen.

  17. I think the best movie musical is “Singing in the Rain.” It’s a classic! The dancing and songs are amazing! And Gene Kelly! Need I say more. @Leeat110

  18. Describe the best movie musical you’ve ever seen. What made it the best?

    The best movie musical I have ever seen has to be RENT. RENT is one of the most powerful and moving musicals I have seen and to see it turned into a movie was amazing. Although the movie cut out some songs and changed some things up, they were able to tell the same incredible story that Jonathan Larson created and were able to inspire and move thousands of people. I personally loved the fact that it had the original cast (minus Mimi and Joanne). It really gives an opportunity for the people who werent able to see the OBC see the original stars reprise their roles.

    What seems to be the key to a successful stage-to-screen adaptation of a musical?

    I believe that in order to have a successful stage-to-screen adaptation of a musical, you need to have the right cast. You need to be able to have an actor/actress who is a strong triple threat…Not someone who can act well and can either be auto-tuned or can scream…If the actor/actress has equal singing, acting, and dancing chops, I believe the film will be more likely to succeed. Sticking to the original script/score is also important if you want a successful stage-to-screen adaptation of a musical. Usually, shows that get turned into movies are the shows that are extremely popular and that have a strong fan base. The fans will be the ones that will talk about the movie, see the movie (usually more than once!), help spread the word about it, and criticize it…If things are changed a lot from the original idea, it could potentially hurt the movie greatly.

  19. The best musical ever: Top Hat. This one can’t miss and the reasons are three — Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin’s 11 songs and the comedy between the numbers. Even after seventy years, the same elements delight us all over again. Good songs, good dancing, and good stars never go out of style. Although Top Hat was not a stage-to-screen adaptation those elements are key for success (E.g. Chicago and Cabaret). @Neural_Ninja

  20. Mary Poppins. The cast is what makes it the best. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke together are fantastic. Plus the story is a classic. @MicheleW_86

  21. I’d probably go with “The Sound of Music,” because it took a treacly, saccharine stage musical and opened it up to the gorgeous landscapes of real Austria, filmed beautifully, and cast Julie Andrews in basically her best role/performance of all time, plus the great Christopher Plummer (who brought his own depth and slight darkness to Cpt. Von Trapp)! The kids are also all talented and adorable without being cloying, the music is classic Rodgers and Hammerstein at their best, and it introduced many kids like myself to musicals, or at least movie musicals! I must have watched it with my friends and family a billion times as a little kid, and I still adore it! Timeless!


  22. My favorite movie musical is Wizard of Oz. I have loved this movie since I was a toddler. I even walked around telling people my name was Dorothy when I was three. Though part of my feeling that it is the best I have seen has to do with how long I’ve loved it, it has great, catchy songs, beautiful colors and costumes, and is family friendly. Judy Garland’s voice is phenomenal. This movie is what started my lifelong love for musicals. @hilmack

  23. Best Movie Musical is Singin’ in the Rain. A great story, great singin’ and the dancing is just sublime. Gene Kelly does so much and makes it look so easy. For what makes a great stage to screen adaptation, for me it is fidelity to the source material. If you turn off the fan base so much that they talk trash about it why would non theater fans make the effort to see it. I am looking at you Rock of Ages @movidude74

  24. CHICAGO…best one yet! Awesome interpretation of Bob Fosse’s choreography and Kander & Ebb’s music and lyrics. Other than Richard Gere, everyone was a triple threat including Renée Zellweger who, I think, was a surprise to everyone.

  25. Singin’ in the Rain is my choice–it’s a MOVIE musical, well constructed, wonderfully performed, fast and fun and funny. Runner up: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. And neither translated to the stage particularly well. @mlottjr

  26. State Fair (1945 version!). I feel like it’s quite underrated. Vivian Blaine is absolutely stunning in the film and “It Might as Well Be Spring” is one of my all-time favorite songs. @itsKristinD

  27. For me it’s West Side Story. I love everything about it- from the acting, the setting, costume, and off course, the music itself.

  28. West Side Story and Sound of Music are a tie! The acting and singing is seamless and the singing doesn’t seem fake. @randigoblue

  29. Rocky Horror Picture Show. Fun to watch, fun to sign along. Great cult classic. Plus, I’m still not sure exactly what it all means. 🙂

  30. The first one I seen that really affected me was Phantom of the Opera. The first time I seen it I was a junior in high school and we watched the movie for my music class. We only got halfway through it, but I was already crying, I didn’t even care that I was at school and in a class full of people, lol. It’s an incredible, and somewhat tragic love story. The music has so much emotion in it. When they sing The Point of No Return, you can feel their passion, it’s extremely moving. I will never forget that experience. I was at school and that music was able to take me into a completely different, magical world. That one really moved me.

    I think the key to a good musical is just to make it real. Don’t overdue it and try to make it ‘pretty.’ Just capture the emotion and make it real. Take the audience there with the actors. Make the audience feel their emotion.


  31. My favorite movie musical is CHICAGO. It restarted the whole concept of the movie musical. It also recognized the features of the show traditional theatre goers would acknowledge while also creating a completely different cinematic experience. Not to mention the performances were simply incredible!


  32. I would have to say “Chicago” because it is the only movie musical in the contemporary crop that was a good film independent of my love for the stage version. It gave itself a life separate from Broadway but still managed to capture the imaginative capacity of theater.


  33. I’ve always loved The King and I. The banter and intimacy between Yul and Deborah were wonderful; the music is rich and poignant; and the story is touching, even though it skews history and is not perhaps the most culturally sensitive. I can forgive that because otherwise it’s a beautiful film, in my opinion.


  34. “Sound of Music” is the best movie musical I’ve seen because the true story is beautiful and heartwarming with excellent acting, wonderful music, talented singers and actors, and gorgeous scenery. @mymusicboxes

  35. I think the best movie musical is Meet Me In St Louis. I first saw the show when I was in middle school by a community theatre, and my gradmother bought me the movie with Judy Garland recently afterwards. For me, it’s the integration of a charming story, magnificent songs and brilliant acting that make this show successful to me. And who can deny any movie with Judy Garland singing “have yourself a merry little Christmas”?!


  36. the best movie musical for me is Newsies – I grew up watching it, loved the music and the choreography – it was just so much fun to watch. I think Les Mis will probably be my new favorite. to me, the biggest flaw in musicals is the obvious lipsynching – i’m hopeful the live singing in Les Mis will be the key to a great movie musical


  37. “The Music Man.” 1) Robert Preston. 2) Sentiment–I’m about the same age as Ron Howard, and his character was a hook for me when I first saw it. 3) It stands up–saw it recently–a great mix of cynicism and sentimentality, and it’s one “OMG, what are they going to do next?” moment after another.

  38. The Wizard of Oz is one of the first “integrated” movie musicals, and it’s still the best. I’ve read Aljean Harmetz’s terrific, demystifying making-of book, but whenever I watch it I can’t see any seams, bolts, signs of craftsmanship. It’s a piece of modern mythology. It’s hard to imagine anyone creating it–it seems to have always existed, and just to have been in need of discovering.


  39. “Grease” is my favorite movie musical! It was the best because there was something for everyone – singing, dancing, sex, love, betrayal, scandal. I left the theater singing the songs for days (weeks, years) and always with the feeling of great happiness. Stage to screen adaption is very difficult but it’s success (at least in the last 20 years) seems to depend on having an A-list star (or stars) who can sing. @annabellekline

  40. Because I have not seen Les Miserables yet I would have to say Sweeney Todd as #1 although there are so many others like Rent and The Phantom of the Opera to note! Tim Burton captures the dark beautiful gloom that Sweeney Todd is perfectly and cast fantastic people to represent all of the characters to do it justice!


  41. It’ll probably be an unpopular answer, but I have to say “Cats.” I love how it was still the same stage show being filmed on an actual stage, yet there were changes made to make it more suitable for film. The makeup was less dramatic and there were costume changes, but the choreography was pretty much exactly the same. And the cast was a mix of people who’d done the show before, which just made the whole thing even better. Out of every movie musical I’ve seen, this is the one that’s kept its place on my top ten list pretty much since the first time I saw it. Nowadays, this sort of movie musical probably wouldn’t work unless the musical itself was a “name,” because people really only seem to be interested if there’s a star or two in the movie. But, hey, if peppering the cast with a couple stars is the way to make movie musicals a success, then I guess it’s worth it. Plenty of theatre fans can’t see shows live, so it’s definitely better to do what’s necessary to get movie musicals made so that those living far away from theatre hot spots can see their favorite shows.


  42. My favorite movie musical is Chicago. I played percussion in 1983 at a small community college production of Chicago and it has always been one of my favorite musicals. When the movie came out, I was first in line to see it and loved the cast. They remained fairly true to the stage production storyline and only eliminated or changed a few of the songs. It brought back so many memories of that time I was on stage behind a drumset

  43. I think “Phantom of the Opera” was the best musical movie adaptation. I loved all the detailing in the scenery you could see an the beauty in the London sky. But most importantly, I loved the staging and the directing. I saw it on broadway again after watching the movie and I almost fell asleep.

  44. Seven Brides for Seven Brotheres is absolutely flawless. It is a classic movie-musical and has always been my favorite. The dancing alone is enough to make it the best I’ve ever seen.

  45. In my humble opinion the best I’ve seen is Flower Drum Song. It is so rarely done and while the revival took it back and made it politically correct, it stole my heart. The exterior shots in San Francisco were a novelty and the fact that the majority of the cast was Asian is awesome. The ‘Grant Avenue’ scene, ‘Chop Suey’ and any number in the club were brought to life in such a beautiful way. The women were fabulous but Jack Soo definately stole the show.

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