Thank you Lady Geek Girl and Friends for this post that got my heart pumping this morning. I, too, am an enormous Les Miserables fan. It’s the kind of high-octane, high-drama, amazing-harmony musical that I love. And I’ve seen it performed on a variety of levels — from high school stage to Broadway touring production. I have such fond memories of my friends performing excerpts. The late great Joe Bass brought me to tears every time he sang “Bring Him Home.” And there was never a more entertaining, if tone deaf, Master of the House than Wayne Buidens. To hear the opening bar of the overture is to take me back to the years I lived in the world of theater.
Although I no longer live in that world, I’m still a Les Miz fanatic. I’ve become a little obsessed with the 25th anniversary production that PBS airs during every pledge drive. I watch it over and over, making my husband and sons crazy. Now Hollywood is planning a movie! And it’s starring one of my Broadway/Hollywood crushes, Hugh Jackman. Finally, casting someone who can sing in a singing role! As you can see on Lady Geek’s blog, the cast is top notch. But what will Hollywood do to this operatic musical? I shudder to think about the very real possibility that they will kill its glory.
- First Look: Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s ‘Les Miserables’ (slashfilm.com)
- ‘Les Misérables’ Set Pic Reveals Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean (screenrant.com)