In this post for our Broadway Songs for Father’s Day week we are bringing you one of the best broadway fathers in existence, Jean Valjean. Although there is another male character with a daughter (The Inn Keeper), Jean ValJean never abandons his daughter, even though she isn’t biologically his. Not only does he adopt and take her under his wing, but he also finds her love and rescues him. That is what being a Dad is all about and why we wanted to share Bring Him Home from Les Miserables as one of our picks for Broadway Songs for Father’s Day and Dads week. Jean ValJean not only is the perfect father to everyone from his employees to the people of his town, but to strangers like Cosette and even her love Marius.
No matter what part of the show you are in, Jean ValJean is a Father. He lifts a wagon of a man who is being crushed. He takes care of the people of his town where he is the Mayor and he loves and cares for him employees. After one of them is fired because she wouldn’t sleep with her boss, he finds out and instead of hiring her back, he takes care of her. What he did and did not expect is that he also falls in love with her and wants to make sure she has an amazing life, even though they both know it is almost over. One of Fantine’s last requests is that he rescue and take care of her Daughter Cosette and without even thinking about it, Jean ValJean rushes to rescue her from the Inn Keeper and his wife.
No matter who he comes in contact with in the show, Jean ValJean acts like a Father and shows that he loves everyone. Even Jabert who has dedicated his life to destroying Jean ValJean is spared when Jean Valjean could have easily killed him. When he finds out Cosette is in love with Marius and that Marius is at the baracade where he will be killed, Jean ValJean puts his own life in danger for a complete stranger. That is something that only a Father could do and someone that loves everyone like they are their own kids. That is why Bring Him Home from Les Miserables is one of the best Broadway Songs for Father’s Day. It shows the emotions and love that Jean ValJean has for his adopted daughter Cosette and even the love and hope he has that he can rescue Marius in time to bring him back to her and raise him like he is his own. Jean ValJean is one of the most amazing Father’s on Broadway even though he doesn’t have a biological child and one of the most caring people. That is why we wanted to share Bring Him Home from Les Miserables as one of the best broadway songs for Father’s Day and Dads.