Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Review: Les Miserables on the West End

One Sentence Summary: The epic musical about the Student's Revolution in France, which, despite excellent music, is getting very creaky with age.

Trivia: last year, for the 25th anniversary, there were three different versions of Les Miz performed in London on the same night.

Best thing about it: They were better than these guys:

What they could change: Everyone looked like they'd done it a hundred times before. The sound wasn't immersive at all, despite excellent seats we still felt like all the sound was coming from the orchestra pit. Eponine was whiny, Marius' wig was unbearably bad, Valjean did high notes in falsetto, Enjolras was flat, and a chorus member actually called him "Enjol-rass" on stage. Wow.

We left thinking: It's sad to see a show get so successful that all involved become lazy. We've heard that this is happening to Wicked too, and hope to god that's not the case when we see it.

Rating: 5 / 10

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