oppression, warfare, economic strife, famine, and disease in France where love, passion and sacrifice prevails. All the famous songs like On My Own, I Dreamed A Dream and Do You Hear The People Sing? are all there. And if you have not heard of Les Misérables in one form or another or recognize at least one song then it is time to climb out from under that rock.
From the get go we are thrown into emotional turmoil with the release of Jean Valjean (Bradley Jaden) of his nineteen years in a chain gang. A special mention for Jaden as he took to his first time being Valjean at this particular performance; a very hard role to take but as the performance progressed, he became stronger and confident in those shoes.
Unsure if comedic is the right description of the latter but he plays a drunk-happy student brilliantly.
Les Misérables is such an emotional piece of theatre. The story, the lyrical content and the orchestral pieces tug on heartstrings. I prepared my emotions to be ripped apart and held well but the sniffles from the grown men to each side of me were definitely in the works. Then the ending was nearing and the return of Fantine (Rachelle Ann Go) and Valjean on his deathbed and being reunited with Cosette (Fantine’s daughter that Valjean takes under his wing) and Marius who she marries finally opened my water works.
Whoever gets to step in each of the roles, from ensemble to main character, in Les Misérables is definitely worthy to be put on a pedestal, as these roles are very emotive and powerful and when you are approaching your 30thAnniversary with an eager audience says it all. Yes, Do You Hear The People Sing? They ask for more than One More Day if not more of Les Misérables.