3/07/2011

Les Mis the Musical


How many times have I seen/listened to the musical Les Miserable? I can’t even count. And yet when my husband and I stumbled on the 25th anniversary concert version last night on TV, we watched with rapt attention, as if it were the first time.

Why is that? I think it equal combinations of story and character and music. Story, because the themes of redemption and grace are so powerfully illustrated. Character, because Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Eponine are complicated people with feelings and actions with which we can relate. And music because it adds an extra emotional element that makes the story even more unforgettable. I’ve read the book—abridged and unabridged—but it’s the musical version I go back to over and over again.

What about you? Have you experienced Les Mis on stage or on CD? Read the book (either version)? Or are you one of the uninitiated to this amazing story of grace and love?

4 comments:

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Oh to see it on stage! Even the movie version is one of my favorites. Such a beautiful story!
~ Wendy

Anne Mateer said...

Watching it on stage is a thrill every time. My husband said last night he wished we could see it live once a year.

vvdenman.com said...

I'm uninitiated, but checking the library right now. :)

Anne Mateer said...

Go get initiated VV! Of course the book is the richest way, but the movie or musical concert version is sometimes an easier start.