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Les Misérables Live! (25th Anniversary Production)


Dream the dream: The 2010 Cast Recording of the new 25th Anniversary Production, featuring John Owen-Jones, Earl Carpenter and Gareth Gates.

The year before its release, 'I Dreamed A Dream' – sung here by Madalena Alberto – was the focus of intense media interest following Susan Boyle's performance on Simon Cowell's UK TV talent show 'Britain's Got Talent' (see below).

Disc One:
1. Prologue/Look Down
2. Valjean's Soliloquy
3. At the End of the Day
4. I Dreamed a Dream
5. Lovely Ladies
6. Fantine's Arrest
7. The Runaway Cart
8. Who Am I?
9. Fantine's Death
10. The Confrontation
11. Castle on a Cloud
12. Master of the House
13. The Bargain - The Waltz of Treachery
14. Paris/Look Down
15. The Robbery
16. Stars
17. ABC Café/Red and Black
18. Do You Hear The People Sing?
19. In My Life
20. A Heart Full of Love

Disc Two:
1. The Attack on Rue Plumet
2. One Day More
3. Building the Barricade
4. On My Own
5. The Barricade
6. A Little Fall of Rain
7. The First Attack
8. Drink With Me
9. Bring Him Home
10. The Second Attack
11. The Final Battle
12. The Sewers/Dog Eats Dog
13. Javert's Soliloquy
14. Turning
15. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
16. A Heart Full of Love (Reprise)
17. Valjean's Confession
18. The Wedding
19. Beggars at the Feast
20. Epilogue

Susan Boyle (born 1961)[1] is a Scottish[2] amateur singer and church volunteer who came to public attention on 11 April 2009,[3] when she appeared as a contestant on the third series of Britain's Got Talent.[4] Boyle found fame when she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables in the competition's first round.[5]

Before she sang, both the audience and the judges appeared to express scepticism based on her unpolished appearance. In contrast, her vocal performance was so well received that she has been dubbed "The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell."[6] She received a standing ovation from the live audience, garnering yes-votes from Cowell and Amanda Holden, and the "biggest yes I have ever given anybody" from Piers Morgan.[7] The audition was recorded in January 2009 at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland,[8] and was first broadcast on Saturday, 11 April 2009 in Britain.

The juxtaposition of the reception to her voice with the audience's first impression of her triggered global interest. Articles about her appeared in newspapers all over the world, while the numbers who watched videos of her audition set an online record.[9] By 20 April 2009, a mere 9 days after her televised debut, viral videos of her audition, subsequent interviews of her, and her 1999 rendition of "Cry Me a River" had been viewed over 100 million times on the Internet.[10] The clip is expected to pass the record for an online video of 120 million views in a matter of days.[11] Cowell is reported to be setting up a contract with Boyle with his Syco Music company label, a subsidiary of Sony Music.[12]

Cameron Mackintosh, the producer of the Les Misérables musical, also praised the performance, stating: "Just like the judges and audience, I was gob-smacked by the emotional powerhouse performance of Susan Boyle's show-stopping rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream". Vocally, it is one of the best versions of the song I've ever heard - touching, thrilling and uplifting. I do hope she gets to sing it for the Queen."[13]

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1. Profile: Susan Boyle - Britain's got the unlikeliest angel, The Sunday Times, April 19, 2009.
2. Holmwood, Leigh. Susan Boyle: a dream come true The Guardian 18 April 2009.
3. Smith, Mark (2009-04-11). What's the story with ... Susan Boyle?. The Herald. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.
4. Talent show singer is online hit. BBC News. 2009-04-15. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.
5. Jordan, Mary (2009-04-14). The Scot Heard Round the World. The Washington Post: p. A-8. Retrieved on 2009-04-16.
6. The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell. ABC News. 2009-04-14. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
7. Wylie, Ian (2009-04-11). Dreaming The Dream. Manchester Evening News. Retrieved on 2009-04-23.
8. Fox news, Simon Cowell interview. 2009-04-16. Retrieved on 2009-04-16.
9. Scottish Singer's Audition Video Sets Online Record. The Washington Post. 19 April 2009. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.
10. Dobuzinskis, Alex. Susan Boyle breaks past 100 million online views, Reuters, April 20, 2009.
11. Ben Leach (2009-04-23) Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent performance sets YouTube record. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-04-24.
12. Never Been Kissed' Singer, 47, Wows Cowell. MSNBC News. 2009-04-15. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.
13. Producer Mackintosh 'Gob-Smacked' By Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream"; Song Is YouTube Hit. Playbill News. 2009-04-15. Retrieved on 2009-04-19.

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