During my younger years, I get to have voice recitals in the U.P. Theater. My voice teacher would usually be the one to give out songs you have to sing in the recital. Then, practice the pieces given to you. In one of my performances, the song “Castle on a Cloud” was given to me. Since then, I got hooked with the song & the play, Les Miserables.
When I found out that Les Miserables was coming to Manila, I got so excited and told mom about it. We were supposed to have a 50% discount for the tickets since my cousin’s lolo works in Solaire. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the 50% discount. Thus, we decided to get the regular price (no matter how expensive it may be).
MARCH 24 – this was the day that I have been waiting for! As early as 5pm, we were already in Solaire to avoid traffic. To beat up the time, we decided to have early dinner, have a few pictures taken by the posters and chill. By 7:30pm, we were able to get in the theater. By 8pm, the play started.Goosebumps ran over me as the music started. It has been a long time dream of mine to actually watch Les Miserables
Goosebumps ran over me as the music started. It has been a long time dream of mine to actually watch Les Miserables LIVE. Money spent for the tickets were SO WORTH IT!
Simon Gleeson played as Jean Valjean. As he started to sing the first note of the Working Song, my full attention went to him. He gave such an electrifying performance that made his performance better than Hugh Jackman.
Earl Carpenter played as Javert. When I was watching the movie, Russell Crowe’s performance was kind of annoying. He needed more push when it comes to his vocals. On the other hand, I appreciated Earl’s performance as Javert. He had great execution for his voice which should be shown in the character of Javert.
Rachelle Ann Go performed as Fantine. Honestly, I found Rachelle’s voice annoying when she was still singing in ABS-CBN & GMA (sorry to Rachelle Ann Go’s fans hehe). Her voice back then was all over the place. When she started singing “I Dreamed A Dream”, no words can describe how great her voice sounded. I guess it is through theater that Rachelle’s talents were actually seen. I can’t believe you made me cry, Rachelle. You do you girl!
Helen Walsh & Cameron Blakely performed as The Thenardiers. They showed a better performance compared to Helena Bonham Carter & Sacha Baron Cohen. They made me laugh throughout the whole play! Although Helena & Sacha are great actors, what lacked in them is how they will be able to make the viewers laugh.
Kerrie Ann Greenland played as Eponine. I found her performance quite alright. My favorite performances of Eponine is still Lea Salonga & Samantha Barks. There were some parts of the song “On My Own” that Kerrie was not consistent. Even though her performance was quite alright, she was still the right fit as Eponine. But hey! To each her own opinion guys 🙂
Emily Landgridge played as Cosette. She performed better compared to Amanda Seyfried. There were some parts that Amanda wasn’t consistent & I felt like she was lacking air while singing. But,Emily was consistent & sang her pieces beautifully. Together with Paul Wilkins, who played as Marius, you can feel the love they have for one another. It is evident through the song, “A Heart Full of Love.”
The props and animation used in the play were something else! Among all the international plays I’ve watched, it is only Les Miserables that stood out. There were a lot of props that were used but the ones that stood out were the following scenes:
1. Javert falls to his death
2. Jean Valjean carries Marius in the sewer
3. “Do You Hear The People Sing?” scene.
As much as I would love to share every detail, I suggest that you purchase a ticket and see it for yourselves. I don’t want to spoil the fun.
As for the music, as usual, it was splendid. What I love about plays is that they get to use an orchestra to play the music. Live music will always be better since it is pleasing to the ears of the audience.
To watch Les Miserables LIVE is a dream come true. From the actors to the props & animation til their music production, you can see your money’s worth. I can now tell stories to my future children that I had the opportunity to watch Les Miserables. If they decide to go back to the Philippines, you bet I’ll be buying a ticket and sing along with them one last time.