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Tasha Robinson The story follows Valjean beginning with his prisoner days, when the morally uncompromising Javert (Russell Crowe), who believes once a Years later, all these players meet again, amid the tumult of a. Realizing that the army is about to storm the barricade, Enjolras orders Javert's execution, and Valjean eagerly volunteers. Once they are alone, however. Over a decade has passed since Valjean saved Javert from the .. Javert gasped as his burgeoning erection met Valjean's thigh, and his eyelids fluttered closed. .. "I have Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, or perhaps - ".
Marius recovers but is traumatised by the death of his friends. Marius and Cosette are reunited but Valjean, concerned his presence would threaten their happiness, makes plans to leave and reveals his story to Marius, who promises to remain silent.
Marius recognises it as his own and understands that Valjean saved him that night. Cosette and Marius reunite with the dying Valjean at the convent.
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Valjean gives them letters of confession before dying peacefully, and his spirit is guided away by the spirits of Fantine and the Bishop to join the spirits of Eponine, Gavroche and the Friends of the ABC in the afterlife. Cast[ edit ] Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjeana Frenchman released from Toulon prison after 19 years of imprisonment for stealing bread and failed attempts at escaping from the prison. On his way to Europe for a friend's wedding, Crowe came to London and met with producer Cameron Mackintosh.
On meeting with Tom Hooperhe told the director about his concerns about playing Javert, and after meeting with him, Crowe was "determined to be involved in the project and play Javert. I think it had something to do with Tom's passion for what he was about to undertake, and he clearly understood the problems and he clearly understood the challenge. On developing Cosette, Seyfried said, "In the little time that I had to explain Cosette and give the audience a reason [to see her] a symbol of love and strength and light in this tragedy, I needed to be able to convey things you may not have connected with in the show.
They were really nice. On collaborating with Hooper, Redmayne said, "He was incredibly collaborative. Certainly during the rehearsal process, we sat with Tom and the Victor Hugo book adding things. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He had never performed any role in the musical.
He also said of Enjolras that "once I got more and more familiar with the material and when I read the novel, I was like, 'Wow this is a really, really great role,' and I felt very much better suited for it. He had performed the same role at the Queen's Theatre in London, where he stayed with the show for 1 year, before being casted for reprising it in the present film. His performance was praised both by public and critics, some of whom see him as a real scene-stealer.
Wilkinson plays the Bishop of Dignewhile Ruffelle plays a prostitute. Michael Jibson plays the foreman of the factory in which Fantine works and is fired from.
Blagden was cast in January In addition, the Bishop sings with Fantine during "Valjean's Death" instead of Eponine, as was in the stage musical. The lyrics of some songs were also changed to suit the changes in setting or narrative to the stage musical. In addition to the cuts, a new song, "Suddenly" was added, new music was composed for the battle scenes, and the order of several songs changed from the stage musical.
Those French lawmakers were not kidding around in I hate to think what the prison time is for stealing a dozen croissants.
So far to my knowledge only two local Equity houses have mounted Les Miz. That score is grand, epic, and just feels the heart with love, pain, and loss. The story has characters you care for, and the music is hypnotic. Of course, this all works when the orchestra, director, actors, and singers are all on the top of their game. BUT, that is a fantastic revelation. In my original review of the design elements I wrote bountiful praise on how much these designers completely recreated a new world and vision for Les Miz.
The technology that designers can now use to create magic for the stage aided them to successfully do much much more with the score and book. Remember, this is set in France. In fact, one role it added a quick visual that probably no one caught or even thought of. But because of this casting, it is adding a layer of intense, powerful subtext throughout the evening, especially in the second Act. I will let you discover it, which happens within the first number of Act Two.
Connor and Powell staged or maybe the actor discovered the moment while in rehearsalbut it when it happened, it was haunting. I never remember seeing a Javert kneel upstage to his god to pray. It was the first time to see this towering, evil man shows his weakness and humility to the lord, be it all alone. She froze and a delectate hand reached to hold onto the wood as bullets kept whizzing all around her.
Where I was sitting last night, I saw all this transpire. What made this so real and in the moment was that Bautista kept it all small, but just enough that just made your heart ache. It sounded a little wonky, but they all got back on the same lane in the chorus. Crane and Guinn clearly love playing off each other and it shows on stage. Their best comedic bon-bons was when they kept plying Valjean for more money to release Little Cosette from their filthy claws, um I mean care.
Their final scene at the wedding, he dressed like Liberace and she like Zaza from La Cage Aux Follies was another jovial comedic hit for these two. This company is unparalleled, especially the ensemble! They blend their harmonies like soft honey. It is extremely difficult to decrescendo in just a beat after being in your upper range, but this ensemble does. Then softly crescendo to the high note, all within their own note with pure perfection. Both ladies possessed fantastic vocal pipes that swathed around their vocal pipes like velvet cloth.
Robert Ariza portrays Marius, one of the students rebelling, who falls in love with Cosette. Never have I seen this role cast non-traditional. You must understand that actors of all colors still battle to get cast in these non-traditional roles. Much less the sole romantic lead in Les Miz set in freakin France!
At intermission I read his bio as fast as I could. The audience welcomed him with open arms. Ariza was superb, especially within the second act.
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His vocals were sublime, and his interpretation of the lyrics were heartbreaking. As a theater critic, Ariza gave a commanding, knock out performance.
Put personally as a fellow Hispanic in the theater, it was a moment that made my heart smile all evening long. Special kudos must go to Andrew Maughan as the Bishop of Digne. His vocals for this small role in Act One were flawless. His tenor notes pure as glass and he went down to his bass with a vibrato that did not break.
When he finished his solo, he received resounding appreciation from the audience. This created an exciting new subtext that was vibrant and made their chemistry much more believable.