Reason why millions see Les Mis

Once again, another Les Mis post. Yes, I must admit I am obsessed as many know. Yes, I am also a Les Mis walking talking encyclopedia.

Les Mis is one of the most successful musicals in the world. I understand the sensation that it is and even I cannot describe why it is. Millions of people have experienced this epic, powerful, and emotional musical. Though tragic, it truly connects you to the material and the characters. Les Mis knows how to make you truly about every one of the characters  including characters you don’t like. It is just there is something about it that makes it so personal and meaningful at such a very deep level. It is truly about humanity, love, hope, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, and redemption. The complexity, honesty, insight, and truth the characters provide is so wonderful. As every fan knows, it is very hard to describe why Les Mis touches them so much.

There is just something about Les Mis that just makes it so special and personal. I know what that it is, but there is no words to describe. The show is wonderfully real and human. It is just so universal and reflects life in a grand and strong and powerful and epic way.

Possible spoilers:

The  Transformation of Jean Valjean is truly incredible. He is so complex and truly changes. He starts out as an angered, hardened and harsh man all because of being in prison for nineteen years just for stealing a loaf of bread for the sake of his family. Five of those nineteen years was just for stealing bread and the rest is for trying to escape.

He quickly figured out that even society does not trust him and treats him poorly. He was given kindness and mercy by the bishop who gives him a place to sleep and food to eat, but Valjean out of desperation steals the bishop’s silver. But the bishop forgave him and gifted him with a set of candlesticks. After the example the bishop set for Valjean, Valjean decided to start his life over and decided to live a life for the sake of the Lord. After breaking parole, Javert becomes obsessed over recapturing Valjean and sending him back to jail.

Fantine lives such a heartbreaking and tragic life. She has a young illegitimate daughter who she shows unconditional love towards. Cosette’s biological father abandoned Fantine and Cosette, which left Fantine in a very desperate situation. She ends up working at Valjean’s factory and is fired by the foreman after learning about Cosette. Fantine eventually becomes a prostitute in order to provide for her daughter. She becomes deathly ill and eventually an abusive customer harasses Fantine and as a matter of defense she attacks him. This incident causes Javert to want to arrest her, but Valjean pleads to Javert to take her to the hospital. As Fantine was dying, Valjean agrees to raise her daughter as his own.

Young Cosette was the first person Valjean ever loved. We learn that eight year old, Cosette, was terribly abused by the Thenardiers and Cosette hopes for a better life.  Valjean rescued her and it is such a challenge considering the fact that he is an ex-convict.

Another story to note is the young love triangle between Marius, Cosette, and Eponine. Both Eponine and Cosette love Marius, but Marius only has eyes for Cosette. Marius continues to be oblivious to Eponine’s deep unrequited love, but Eponine finally confesses her love for him during her death scene at the barricades. As a matter of fact, Marius truly cares about Eponine and is the only light in Eponine’s miserable life. She has probably some of the worst parents ever, who don’t care or even love her. They terribly abuse her and she was raised to be a criminal and the only light in her life is Marius, which is why her unrequited love is so deep and extremely emotionally painful.

There is even the story of the barricade boys. They plan to start an uprising due to the weak government. This group is end by Enjolras, the most passionate of the group. This group of boys are college students.As noticed, it is very hard to describe the plot of Les Mis. It has multiple storylines. These storylines eventually fuse together. It can be hard to see beyond all of the heartbreak, misery, and suffering, but those parts become more worth it once you see the hope.

As for the songs, they wonderfully reflect the storyline. The songs are so powerful and grab you. All you have to do is hear the first note and you are automatically immersed into the storyline. It gives you the feeling that the show is so powerful. The songs reflect the deep emotional nature of the story and the souls and hearts of these wonderful, complex, and well-developed characters. These songs are covered with several emotions and the emotional impact is why Les Mis is so special and unique.

“To love another person is to see the face of God”

Why do you think Les Mis is so successful?

Fiery Flame

Sometimes the strength within you is not a fiery flame that all can see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers softly, “you got this”, “keep going”

This is the kind of encouragement I need right now. It is very easy to give up on my paper because it drives me nuts. I know that I am saying to myself ,”you got this”. Understanding a social theory and applying it to modern life is so challenging. There are times when I forget how hard it is to be a college student. This theory paper is the hardest college paper yet. There are times when I wish college was easier even though I love the challenge. I have had a little bit more encouragement over Fall Break. On Saturday, I went to “Seeing the Face of God in Each Other” Seminar where they talked about the problem of  racism and that directly applies to my theory paper. Getting to twenty one pages is a challenge, but at the same time understanding the content of my paper makes it even more challenging. I know I have a positive attitude and am very optimistic and theory is the heart of Sociology. I am glad I am being challenged through this paper, but as I continue to work on it, it gets less and less intimidating.

Not only does this quote apply directly to me, it can apply to anybody. When you feel like you are ready to give up, just think of that tiny spark that encourages you to continue. Life is not meant to be easy. It is meant to challenge you and is meant to allow you to grow and mature over time. Even though I am just a college student, I am well aware that life is going to get harder as I get older. But my outgoing, positive, and optimistic spirit is going to help me thrive through life. Taking this blogging vacation is so challenging because this blog helps me deal with the stress and burdens of college. It even is just something I really love doing. I decided to blog this morning because I realized that I have some time.

Break of Blogging

I have reached the point in the semester where I will not be blogging as much. I have to get more committed to a twenty one page Sociological Theory Paper. We had to pick a theorist and one of their theories and apply it it a world issue of today. I choose Web Dubois’ “double consciousness” concept, which is the struggle of being both a Negro and an American. I will apply this theory to the homeless community by replacing Negro with homeless. This paper even requires fifteen scholarly sources. This paper does seem intimidating, but I am writing about something I am passionate about. Giving back to the homeless is very important to me. Ever since I learned that the vast majority of the world is living in poverty back in high school, I realized I want to do something to help. Through discovering that, I realized I had a deep connection to that community.

So, I will try to blog when I can in this break.

List of Other Musicals

Yesterday, I wrote a list of the happy musicals. Today I want to focus on the musicals that are not happy. This includes sad musicals and those that are somewhere in the middle of happy and sad musicals. This list also includes shows that I have no idea if they are happy or sad. Once again, this is a list of musicals I have seen live or movie or not at all.

  1. Les Mis
  2. Phantom of the Opera
  3. West Side Story
  4. Once
  5. Camelot
  6. Miss Saigon

List of Happy Musicals

This is a list of happy musicals. From experience, I am fully aware that most musicals are happy. This list includes shows I have seen either by movie or stage and shows that I haven’t experienced at all.

  1. Wicked
  2. Wizard of OZ
  3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  4. Music Man
  5. Pippin
  6. Sound of Music
  7. Annie
  8. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
  9. Singing in the Rain
  10. Hairspray
  11. Mamma Mia
  12. Cats
  13. South Pacific
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Annie Get Your Gun
  16. Newsies
  17. Lion King
  18. Beauty and the Beast
  19. Aladdin
  20. Little Mermaid
  21. My Fair Lady
  22. Mary Poppins
  23. Meet Me in St. Louis
  24. Easter Parade
  25. Man of La Mancha
  26. Fiddler on the Roof
  27. Grease
  28. White Christmas
  29. Godspell
  30. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  31. White Christmas
  32. Kiss Me Kate
  33. Bye Bye Birdie
  34. An American in Paris
  35. Anything Goes
  36. Funny Girl
  37. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  38. Guys and Dolls
  39. Kinky Boots
  40. Throughly Modern Millie
  41. Fantastiks

Things I love About College

  1. The Community- everyone is so nice
  2. Campus Civitan- my club, it is a service club and they are like family to me
  3. My friends
  4. The Gathering- student-led worship service
  5. Feeling of Independence
  6. Discovering more of who I am
  7. Outings beyond my college
  8. The social activities
  9. Theatre- enjoyable going to shows at my school

Dancing World of Musicals

One of the most entertaining parts about musicals is all of the dancing. The dancing is one of the main reasons why I love musicals. This year, I saw two musicals that have dance in them, which were Wicked and Newsies. In Wicked and Newises, the dance is there to help advance plot. It adds something to the experience. The dancing in Newsies was truly mind-blowing. These boys were doing flips, jumping over each other, sliding under each other, jumping off of tables,  jumping high up in the air, tap-dancing, ballet, and dancing on top of newspapers. That is a lot of dancing involved in one show. The songs the Newsies get to sing are the best songs in the entire musical, which in my opinion includes both versions of Santa Fe and Something to Believe in.

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As for Wicked, the dancing is quite different because the dance has to speak a different language. The dancing in Wicked has to transport you to the land of OZ. One special moment of dance to note is during “Dancing Through Life”. This is at the moment when Elphaba arrives. She obviously has never been to a dance and people find her dancing to get quite silly. Well, Glinda decides to join Elphaba in with her dance and that is where their friendship truly begins. All of the students join in the dance as well. That moment becomes something special. Two other times the dance happens is during “What is This Feeling” and “One Short Day”.

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