Les Miserables (Singapore) Review & Cast Interviews
Here's my next installment following my Les Mis post part one here*~ my review, a little bit of trivia and of course, the production & cast interviews ♡
Prisoner 24601 reporting for parole Sir! Jean Valjean, the convict imprisoned for a case of theft of a loaf of bread to feed a starving nephew now funnels his remarkable life story to Singapore audiences at the Esplanade Theater. After 20 long years of wait, is finally back at the barricades of Singapore. The sweeping masterpiece by French poet, novelist and visual artist, Victor Hugo made its musical stage debut during the year of 1985 and Cameron Mackintosh together with its producers/directors weren’t holing any strings of clues that this musical will make it big – more so become one of the most popular musical of all time.
Based on the Victor Hugo classic novel, this 19th-century tale set in France is about the “survival of the human spirit” and features songs such as “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Master of the House”, “On My Own”, “Stars” and “One Day More”. Les Misérables enthusiasts will find the production as seductive as ever with its opening act of “Look Down”, delivering astounding theatrical and cinematic illusions; Les Misérables has Cameron Mackintosh at its heart.
Broken dreams, unrequited love, sacrifice and redemption – combine all these and that’s where the leap of faith chandelled. Javert’s hot pursuit and obsession with Jean Valjean remains constant and dark; fact is, it’s the darkness that gives Les Misérables its indispensable depth. Producers describe this new production as more contemporary, filled with modern technology and possess a more cinematic appeal.
Les Misérables has been translated into 44 countries, 348 cities and in 22 different languages; over 70 million people have watched it. Each performance entails some 392 complete costumes, 1782 items of clothing and 31 wigs. A piece of hair wig even costs a thousand dollars!
How can one forget a crowd favorite? The love triangle of Eponine, Cosette and Marius. Aaah, this trio - such teasers of love and rejection.
See how you can manage to feel Marius' grief during the "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables"; Javert's jaw-dropping suicide scene; the Thenardier's effortless attempt to yield the comedic brio in this sweeping, poignant production; go ahead, watch, tap thy feet (you have Master of the House to blame!), sing along or cry a river - it will surely take a miracle for another musical production to be of such great equal.
It's been 30 years since Les Mis graced the theatrical stage in Paris yet it definitely knows how to sprawl its way up to every people, regardless of age, sex and city of origin.
With most people not taking the time to read books anymore, this is apt to relive this classic tale. You don’t need to read the book to fall in love with its gripping story and production. Expect new orchestrations, sound design, Victor Hugo’s paintings – all seemed to cajoled to give the audience that Les Misérables authentic feels.
Here’s my interview with the Les Misérables cast members and the production team.
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