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Re: Les Misérables

Post  SenorSwanky on Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:42 pm

I love the pics at the barricade; very cinematic. I don't like the change in Valjean's prison uniform, though. I prefer the drab brown.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  starryeyed on Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:20 pm

David Lawrence got on as Javert on Wednesday night in the Les Mis tour. He was without a doubt my favourite Firmin ever and I was serious about getting him promoted to principal... then I was told he was leaving Sad But glad he is doing something like Les Mis and getting on Smile

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  Scorp on Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:40 pm

JOJ confirmed today that the tour cast ARE making a live cast recording....YES!!!!!!!!! Very Happy

Meanwhile, it looks like I might get to see this in Paris after all. Hoping to have something booked by the end of next week.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  SenorSwanky on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:32 pm

Scorp wrote:JOJ confirmed today that the tour cast ARE making a live cast recording....YES!!!!!!!!! Very Happy
Live? Even better!

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  EarlFan on Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:22 pm

Scorp wrote:JOJ confirmed today that the tour cast ARE making a live cast recording....YES!!!!!!!!! Very Happy

I'm like a child at Christmas Eve right now cheers

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  Scorp on Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:40 pm

PARIS. 22 JUNE. I'M THERE! Very Happy

A la volonté du peuple et à la santé du progrès...!

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  justin1976 on Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:45 pm

I'm there on the 29th. Can't wait.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  ML6 on Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:08 pm

I want to see it so bad. I'd love to come over to London and then hop skip and a jump to France and see this production. One of my dreams is to meet JOJ. Sad

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  Miss von Krolock on Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:11 pm

I'm also working on the possibility of going to Paris to see this new production. Such an awesome cast can't be missed!

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  operafantomet on Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:27 pm

Aaaaw, that's awesome for both of you! Where in Paris is it performing in June?

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  Miss von Krolock on Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:35 pm

At the Theatre du Chatelet.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  justin1976 on Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:11 pm

Great review from the Boublil and Schonberg site:

Anyone approaching a new production of such an iconic and well-loved favourite as Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables is likely to do so with some trepidation. Puzzling over how to give the show and its fans the best 25th Anniversary present, Cameron Mackintosh decided on a completely new staging, as if it were a brand new piece. This stunning production, which began its tour at the Cardiff Millennium Centre, does not seek to replace the original but to sit happily beside it in an exciting, fresh new way.

There are fabulous new orchestrations (based on John Cameron’s original ones) by Chris Jahnke, Stephen Metcalfe and Stephen Brooker. They were first heard at the 2006 Broadway revival and have now been polished to perfection, in close collaboration with Claude-Michel, and they add greatly to each characterisation and dramatic scene.

Set design and direction go very much hand in hand and it can’t have been easy to parallel the work done by John Napier, Trevor Nunn and John Caird. But this is exactly what has been achieved. Matt Kinley, responsible for the new design, starts from scratch and is richly inspired by the paintings and drawings of Victor Hugo. He makes great use of chiaroscuro, creating effective contrasts of dark and light and this production is altogether brighter and more colourful. There is no revolve and the projected time and place titles are unnecessary because the new design grounds the action very precisely and visually in its location.

The succession of projected images, together with Paule Constable’s imaginative lighting, create mood and atmosphere and range from port scenes to the rural, wooded backdrop for the Thénardier’s inn at Montfermeil, and from the factory chimneys of Montreuil-sur-mer to the narrow alleyways and streets of Paris. They are at once realistic and impressionistic and seem to have a life of their own as chimneys smoke or colours subtly change in accordance with the seasons or time of day. The projection which accompanies Stars is a breathtakingly beautiful view of a bridge over the Seine with the Paris skyline behind and as the song progresses the sky darkens and the stars brighten like a living work of art.
The ability for the projections to show movement adds greatly to the sense of drama. In the runaway cart scene, for example, the projected street image recedes so rapidly that the cart appears to travel at breakneck speed. And in a similar way a different projected street draws back to give the illusion of the apparently forward-marching students in One Day More. One of the most remarkable scenes is the sewer scene. The moving projection of the cavernous underground tunnel, together with the echoing music, gives the spine-tingling impression of Valjean struggling ever deeper through the myriad twists and turns.

The sets, however, are not solely reliant on the projected images but these work together with the complex physical structures which add significantly to telling additional details of the story. The show begins, not on the chain gang, but with the convicts rowing a ship, moving the oars rhythmically in time to the music. The tall Paris tenements can be seen at each side and enable multi-level staging, with characters appearing on balconies and at windows, which is especially effective in One Day More. The factory scene reveals the girls sitting at a workbench polishing the black beads that are responsible for Valjean’s wealth and the town’s prosperity.

There is a ramshackle structure of the Thénardier’s inn, with a first floor bedroom where he is at first asleep, and a staircase which he drunkenly staggers down. The barricade, which appears complete on the stage, is somewhat smaller than John Napier’s original, but nevertheless impressive. The only time I missed the revolve is when we are unable to witness Gavroche’s death, although we do see the other characters’ response to it. And finally the barricade parts to movingly disclose the bodies of Gavroche and Enjolras draped on a cart. Javert’s suicide scene is so utterly spectacular that it defies description and has to be seen to be believed!
Cameron Mackintosh is renowned for putting on touring productions of the same standard as the West End or Broadway and there is a superb cast, many of whom were not even born when the show first opened. The show is innovatively directed by Laurence Connor and James and Powell, who make excellent use of the multi-level sets. John Owen-Jones has played the role of Jean Valjean many times and gives an unparalleled performance. His silky smooth voice makes Bring Him Home an absolute joy, while Earl Carpenter’s superb Javert is also in fine voice and a perfect foil.

Madalena Alberto gives a soulful performance as Fantine and Rosalind James is a heart-breaking Éponine. The Thénardiers, played by Ashley Artus and Lynne Wilmot introduce a great deal of fun and mischief into the show, while Ashley gives us rather more dance at the inn, and, picking up on the line from the wedding scene, he truly becomes ‘Master of the dance’. Katie Hall as Cosette and Gareth Gates as Marius make an endearingly romantic couple and I’m sure Gareth will win the hearts of many young ladies in the audience too. During his haunting rendition of Empty Chairs at Empty Tables the pathos is accentuated as the students, each holding a small lamp, blow out their candles, and with great simplicity symbolise the snuffing out of their lives.
When we first see little Cosette she is standing centre stage with her enormous, oversized broom, and this makes a haunting visual image, drawn from Emile Bayard’s original lithograph. I also loved the inclusion of the fleeting, wordless scene with Petit Gervais, who drops his forty-sou piece. When Valjean steps on the coin and frightens the little boy away, he technically becomes a thief on parole, which, in the novel, is the principal reason for Javert’s continued pursuit. It’s a delight to see such things so effortlessly staged.

Although every word of Herbert Kretzmer’s much-loved lyrics is the same, the new orchestrations, direction, staging and lighting tell the story in a stimulating and refreshing new way that enables us all to dream a new dream and take us on a new adventure that we cannot fail to enjoy. Vive la difference

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  operafantomet on Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:37 pm

People over at musicals.net (Les Mis forum) seems to be a lot more hostile to the whole idea of the tour. Interesting to read such different opinions and reviews. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  EarlFan on Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:50 pm

According to John Owen Jones on Twitter they are now into filming The Les Miz EPK and the live recording of the show is already recorded. I'm very excited about this! cheers

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  starryeyed on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:18 pm

I am confused. How come Les Mis gets two EPK's? The West End one has been semi-released just this week and will be officially released (full cut) on Friday.

So when will the tour one be used? It's not running for that much longer is it? And by that I mean the number of stops.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  SenorSwanky on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:54 pm

dolly-ry wrote:How come Les Mis gets two EPK's?
It's two very different productions, staging-wise.

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Post  starryeyed on Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:35 pm

Yes, of course, but I just find it odd that's all. They are currently now beginning to use the West End one to promote the tour anyway. I don't know I just find it unecessary personally.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  starryeyed on Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:19 pm

http://www.lesmis.com/gallery/videos/

New EPK. SEE what David Shannon can do? Bring it to Phantom David!

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  EarlFan on Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:38 pm

Nice to see that they finally decided to do something about the website, it looks great. And I like the EPK too.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  ML6 on Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:10 am

Oh my god. That video was gorgeous. O_o

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  Scorp on Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:56 pm

I loved the EPK! Made me want to see it again, so it worked for me. I haven't seen the London production since summer 2008 though so I'm out of the loop...who were the principals in that aside from Shannon?

And how long have they been selling that 'mosaic' T-Shirt? I quite like it, might buy it next time I go.

Their 'new' Twitter's a bit lame though, surely they can do better than that?

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  starryeyed on Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:49 pm

The cast in that video are:

Jean Valjean: David Shannon
Javert: Earl Carpenter
Eponine: Nancy Sullivan
Enjolras: David Thaxton
Cosette: Katie Hall
Fantine: Rebecca Seale
Marius: Alistair Brammer
Thernardier: Martin Ball
Madame Thernardier: Lorraine Bruce

If I've missed out any other important character please slap me over the head and I'll apologise. Also on their new website they have pictures of the last cast (well the cast before the mini cast change where David, Earl and Katie left) labelled as Simon Bowman, HPJ and Emily. Tut tut.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  SenorSwanky on Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:14 pm

What a great video. Sad they didn't include any of Earl's Javert actually singing, because he's great in that role.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  operafantomet on Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:13 am

I agree, Swanky - it would have been even better if they included a bit of Earl Carpenter actually singing. But otherwise, wow. It made me wanna jump on the next plane to London!

Did any of you mention they're making a similar thing for the tour?

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Post  starryeyed on Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:02 pm

Yes that was me and they are. Hint hint: Opportunity to have Earl and Katie singing Smile

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  phantom10906 on Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:02 pm

Looks like we are finally getting another tour of it here in the US. Now, finally, I will be able to see it. Le Click

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  operafantomet on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:46 pm

Le yay!

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  SenorSwanky on Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:32 pm

I wouldn't say "finally." The previous tour only closed like 3 or 4 years ago. That said, it has been longer than that since I've seen the show, so I hope the tour comes here, and that Earl and JOJ are in it.

On a side note, I wonder why they're only playing 13 days in Ft. Lauderdale. You'd think a brand new production would be playing month-long stays.

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Re: Les Misérables

Post  Scorp on Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:45 am

Brief run at the Barbican has been announced for late September, though it'll close before the anniversary date. Think I might get tickets even though I'm seeing it in Paris. Would be nice to see the show in the place where it started...and who can say no to JOJ?

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Post  Christine's Shadow on Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:10 am

I saw a school production of Les mis in December while visiting a friend outside of Toronto--With some of the music edits and the restrictions of the sizes of a high school stage it was QUITE good! The pit was solid and the cast was good for high school students considering the length of it (it was a little less than 2 hours and 15 minutes with all the extra cuts made on top of all the cuts made for it on broadway). only a few of the cuts were noticeable and the one that really stands out was half of "Come To Me/Fantine's Death" was cut to pieces. Ah well.

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