More than 25 years after its stage debut, "Les Miserables" continues to captivate audiences around the globe with its timeless tale of survival, redemption and love. With its film adaptation hitting theaters Christmas Day, "Les Mis" has a chance to introduce an entirely new legion of fans to beloved characters Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Cosette, Marius and Eponine, and the music that they brought to life.

For the uninitiated, or those looking for a refresher before seeing the film, here's a run-down of the major players in "Les Miserables," and a small sampling of the songs that define them.

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