Artist: Rose Laurens
Author: Alain Boublil/Jean-Marc Natel/Claude-Michel Schönberg
As Fantine at the world première of musical Les Misérables in Paris (Palais des Sports). Not exactly a hit, at least not compared to the English version, first staged in London five years later. In 2006 Les Misérables became the longest running West End production ever and counting. Meanwhile, the worldwide counter lapped the 50 millionth visitor.
Patti LuPone [the original West End Fantine as I Dreamed A Dream (lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer); a hit UK following the Susan Boyle hype ]
Randi Graff [idem in Broadway Cast]
Neil Diamond [idem]
David Essex [idem]
Debbie Byrne [in the symphonic cast]
Louise Pitre [in the second French production at the Théatre Mogador in Paris]
Aretha Franklin [also sang it in '93 at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton]
Elaine Paige [Susan Boyle's example]
Michael Ball [the Marius from the original West End cast on his album I Dreamed A Dream]
Allison Crowe [all as I Dreamed A Dream]
Susan Boyle [idem in Britain's Got Talent; download hit YouTube and title track debut album, n°1 UK & US]
Anne Hathaway [idem in film Les Misérables; BAFTA & Oscar awarded]
The French original version was first part of a concept album, only later turned into a theatre production.