Les Miserables' astounding popularity: By the numbers

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The Les Miserable Broadway cover (left) and an original illustration from Victor Hugo's book.

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The Les Miserable Broadway cover (left) and an original illustration from Victor Hugo's book.

More than 60 million fans around the world have heard the people sing

What better way to spread Christmas cheer than with a heartbreaking tale of monarchy, poverty, and failed rebellion in 19th-century France, right? Well, that actually does sound like an ideal Christmas for thousands upon thousands of Les Miserables fans. And as they eagerly await the Christmas-day opening of Tom Hooper's celebrated film adaptation of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's massively successful musical — which is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic 1862 novel — here's a by-the-numbers look at the musical's enduring popularity:

Countries that have staged productions of Les Mis

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More than 300
Cities where Les Mis has been staged

Languages Les Miserables has been translated into

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More than 40
Cast recordings of Les Mis

Costumes used in a single performance

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Wigs used in each performance

Broadway performances of Les Miserables, making it the third-longest running Broadway show in history, behind Cats and Phantom of the Opera

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More than 47,000
Professional performances of the show

YouTube views as of Monday morning of Susan Boyle's viral Britain's Got Talent performance of the Les Mis ballad "I Dreamed A Dream." The 2009 performance catapulted her to international fame, and was even credited with increasing demand for Les Mis tickets at London's West End.

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60 million
People who have seen a stage production of Les Mis

Rank on Amazon's bestseller list of the paperback version of Victor Hugo's novel

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