Now, I've seen many musicals, both onstage and on film. But this one is different.
At its heart, the story of Les Misérables is a story of redemption. That theme is threaded through the whole thing: it begins with the bishop who redeems ex-convict Jean Valjean, and runs through Valjean's redemption of the destitute Fantine, then her daughter Cosette, and finally Cosette's true love Marius, whose wounded body Valjean rescues and carries through the extensive network of sewers underneath the city.
There's much more to the story. If you haven't read the Victor Hugo novel on which the musical and various movie adaptations are based, it's a great (if somewhat wordy) read. (I will say this: I learned a lot about the French Revolution — not to mention the Parisian sewers — from that book.)
But if you've never seen the musical, here's a little taste:
And now, you want to see it onstage, don't you? Well, here you go.