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Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

14 April 2016

L is for Les

Shirtless Valjean is my favourite
Valjean.
Les Misérables

Originally opened in the West End October 8, 1985 (five years after the French production opened).

Currently: Still in the West End. On its second Broadway revival. Also in Japan, Korea, Manila, Singapore, and Spain.

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyrics: Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel (French lyrics); Herbert Kretzmer (English adaptation)

Book: Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, Trevor Nunn, and John Caird (adaptation)

Basis: 1862 novel by Victor Hugo

Everybody knows about: All this for a loaf of bread? (Yes, that's really a Les Mis reference.)

I have thoughts: You must be new here. Well. I saw the Broadway version last summer, and had too many things to say for just one post. Then there's the 2012 movie version, and Chadwick's keen ability to sing all the songs. And that's not even all of them. Suffice to say, I can't stop hearing the people sing.

You don't have to love this musical to be my friend. I'm totally okay with you hating Les Mis, if you like. Just tell me this: what do you think they were smoking when they chose Russell Crowe as Javert for the movie?

4 comments:

M.J. Fifield said...

I absolutely ADORE Les Mis. My sister and I fell in love with it in high school, and we got to see it on Broadway a few years ago. We can still sing every single note of the musical, (some in French) and frequently do...It's our road trip music of choice.

And I am soooo with you on that whole Russell Crowe as Javert thing. I don't know what they were smoking, but whatever it was, the entirety of that substance should be destroyed to avoid future casting mistakes of that magnitude.

Su Wilcox said...

Yes. Yes. Yes. All those things. Yes.

djinnia said...

antoher one of my favorites. i do agree that russell crowe was not a great choice for the singing voice but the look he had was quite good.

my favorite is when on the 10 anneversary musical at albert hall they had an international val jean group singing in their own language. i've actually seen the japanese val jean in death note the live action movies. heres the link to the song if you haven't seen it yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPpkTgMbhRU

Su Wilcox said...

The Valjean from Japan is my favourite one of the finale group!