Les Mis on PBS

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…?”

 

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3 thoughts on “Les Mis on PBS

  1. Shannon March 7, 2011 / 12:45 pm

    Hey! Why the hating on Spamalot? I thought it was hilarious. Clever music. Sure it was basically Monty Python’s Holy Grail on stage, but I enjoyed it.

    But yes, Les Miserables is probably one of my favorite musicals of all time too. Very few have approached the greatness of the music, the lyrics, or the staging of Les Mis. I may have to go see it again if the tour comes back to Proctors ever again.

  2. Mom March 7, 2011 / 6:47 pm

    It was a fantastic performance. The BEST part of my last 24 hours !! See other comment 🙂

  3. Eileen March 7, 2011 / 7:55 pm

    @Shannon. I guess you have to be a Monty Python person to appreciate Spamalot. I’m not. Chris is. Sorry 🙂

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