Les Miz

I saw Les Miserables again this weekend, in its 25th annivesary touring edition.

And once again I was enthralled and moved and amazed.

My first experience with Les Miz was on its first national tour.  That red flag came out at the end of Act One, and I cried through intermission.  And I kept tearing up during Act Two, with the ending just walloping me into full-out sobs.  I didn’t talk all the way home in the ride with friends.  And I didn’t say much the rest of the day.

Les Miz has never had that impact again, but yesterday, seeing it for the first time since London in 2005, I was moved and delighted.  This new edition features some revised orchestrations, and a full orchestra.  Hurrah and wow!  And the vocal score has been revised a bit too, making for fuller sound and more chills.  The big anthems filled the Fox, and then some.  Goosebumps piled on goosebumps, and I felt that wonderful racing-heart that tells me I am in the thrall of something powerful.

The detractors can detract.  I love this show.

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