Despite its massive scale, Les Mis is powered by an intimate understanding of human nature. It’s this humanity that brings to life to Victor Hugo’s novel, wherein an impoverished man named Jean Valjean, desperate to feed his sister’s starving child, steals a loaf of bread and spends the next 19 years in prison as a consequence. Forever marked as a felon, Valjean breaks his parole and goes on a lifelong search for redemption, a goal complicated by the tenacity of his pursuer, an obsessive police inspector named Javert. Though set in 19th-century France, the story remains distressingly resonant, particularly in a country grappling with the highest incarceration rate in the modern world. Delivered with soaring musical numbers (“I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “One More Day”), this revitalized production of the Broadway masterwork represents a breathtaking example of how audacious stagings can actually serve to amplify empathy, bringing audiences to collectively cheer for the courage to be compassionate.