Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Les Mis 25th Anniversary

So I know I'm a little behind. But I just found out that the Les Mis 25th Anniversary was in fall of 2010. My roommate Greta bought the DVD recently and I had to watch it for an assignment in my Group Voice class. I mean, I grew up with my mom playing the CDs in the house and I knew the 10th anniversary cast and we have the sheet music that I love to play and sing on the piano. But I'd never seen a performance all the way through with all the in-between songs.
I had already decided Les Mis was my favorite musical before. But now I am absolutely sure. The emotions in all the songs get to me. I love all of the songs. All of them. I've seen it 2 1/2 times now - which means 7 1/2 hours. Was it worth it? Of course. I am in love with Alfie Boe now. He is the best Jean Val Jean. Colm Wilkinson is pretty good too. But Alfie's voice is heaven. The kind of voice we're reaching for in Group Voice. And Nick Jonas was a surprise. I was actually kind of disappointed to know he was going to be in it - the Jonas Brothers are everywhere. But I was pleasantly surprised. He did quite well. Of course there are tons of other people that would be better than him. He's still good though. Me and Haylea are taking the class together so we discussed how he's almost there and we just want Dr. Robison to help him for a little bit then he would be Alfie Boe status too!
But I bawled like a baby at the end. Like not just tears, but gasping. Bear fell asleep during it so I thought I was okay. But apparently he heard me. Oh gosh. Embarassing. And then when the 10th anniversary cast came out for the finale...I just wish I could've been in that concert hall. So anyways, not to sound like a musical nerd. But the DVD is totally worth it. I need to buy my own copy someday.

This is my favorite song, where it's the climax right before intermission and all the different parts and voices come together. It's so intense.


Brandrew said...

Oh my goodness! Les Mis is my absolute favorite broadway show! I grew up with the music too, and then I got to see it in LA and in the Hollywood Bowl. You have good taste :)

My name is Lexi said...

i loved the musical you had me listen to the other day