Tonight PBS is showing a 25th anniversary special of Les Miserables. Les Mis is undeniably my favorite Broadway show. It makes me incredibly happy to know that mom, Sarah and I are sharing our Sunday evening activity across three states…and since I’ve been Facebooking while watching I know several other of our favorite people are watching too.
I know I’ve seen Les Mis twice, perhaps three times (man, I wish my memory actually worked!). Now I’ve never read Hugo’s novel – its length is too daunting – but I feel like I know the story, or at least part of it. And with a few prompters I think I could sing 90% of the score of Les Mis. Its just such a beautiful score. And the staging was magnificent, groundbreaking in its day!
I like to think I’ve seen my fair share on Broadway – I’ve been blessed in this arena…Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, (the revival of) A Chorus Line, Big River (two different stagings) and Spamalot (what a waste of Broadway time)…Grease, Lion King and Brigadoon in Houston. I know there are more, but there’s that memory again. But for me its always been Les Mis.
Thanks PBS for a fantastic evening of singing. I think James is going to have his first week of showtunes…I’ve neglected this aspect of his education for too long. “Do you hear the people sing…?”