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|I didn't think of it as a heavenly tableau.
Written by Adrian
(1/10/2013 6:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Question about Les Mis 2012 (spoilers), penned by Mary Anne
I just figured it was what musicals sometimes refer to as a Reprise/Curtain Call at the end (as in the stage musical of Oliver! where several songs were strung together, or the stage version of Les Mis itself). In my experience, this is particularly common in UK musicals, although not exclusive to UK shows. It provides a happy ending for a show which may have a sad ending or lack a big, upbeat finishing number (as in Les Mis).
In the film of Les Mis the final number, as in the stage show, gives a rousing end to the theatrical experience and gets the full cast back on stage for the audience to see (and applaud). So if Javert appears in the tableau, I don't think there is any metaphysical redemption implied.
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