This week I had the surprising pleasure of attending a performance of Les Misérables. This was the new 25th anniversary traveling production by Cameron Mackintosh, based on the book by Victor Hugo. I do not pretend to be a critic of the stage or music. Over the years of attending the theater my favorites have been 42nd Street, Starlight Express, and The Lion King.
All that said, this production was amazing! The story itself is ponderous and long but you will be enthralled, surprised, and amazed by the lights, stage management, and singing. You’ll want to run to the barricades singing of liberté, égalité, fraternité. The effect of each part is beyond your expectations but the meshing or coordination of each, leaves your senses wanting more at the end of three hours. Barricades, courtrooms, streets, sewers, vistas, and homes appear, are used, and replaced as part of the production. Marches and chases are created and convincingly delivered to the point you forget the confines of the stage. The singing and music are Loud, creative, and crisp pulling you into the story. Wow. If you get a chance, do yourself a favor and see Les Misérables.
I have no plans to read the book or even the synopsis again; but oh, what an evening!