Monday, January 7, 2013
Finally Saw Les Miserables!
I grew up doing musical theater both in school and a local community theater. The first professional musical I ever went to see was when the Les Mis was on tour and my mom took me to see it. I was 11.
It was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. It evoked emotions in me I didn't even realize I possessed. Afterward (it was a matinee), we went out to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse type restaurant. My mom and I were flipping through our playbills and they sat a couple at our table. Our conversation went like this:
Them: (laughing) Did you go see that today?
Us: Yes! Did you?
Them: (glance at each other) We were there...
Us: Didn't you love it?
Them: (looking a little bashful) We were in it. We play Marius and Eponine.
I will never forget that moment. They may as well have told me that earlier that day they were Batman and Catwoman. It hadn't occurred to me that after doing something as incredible as that performance was to me...the actors just morphed into regular people going out to dinner.
So, yeah...Les Mis holds a special place in my heart. And I loved this movie. Being able to see the emotions on the characters faces as they went through the story I know so well was magical. Also, Jean Val Jean has NEVER been so sexy (even when they tried to make him un-sexy).
What about you? Have you seen it yet? What did you think?