My Sunday highlights did not end at Lessons and Carols. It actually ended at a staged concert of Les Mis at the cinema. In some ways, seeing it really brought out my entire journey of Les Mis. Here’s why: the very first time I saw Les Mis at the cinema: I did not want to be there; I was so unsure of the Les Mis film and did not know what to think or respond. But this time around, I actually wanted to be there and knew exactly how to respond.
Just like in November, I came across actors/actresses I had seen once before- I had already seen the 25th concert film and had seen the show in the West End. Each time I see Les Mis, I am expecting to be an emotional wreck and knew where that tends to begin.
Led by Alfie Boe (one of the actors I had seen before), I knew I was in for something special. Usually in Les Mis, my tears start at “I Dreamed a Dream” (no matter who sings it), but mine started prior to “At the End of the Day”. I actually was not surprised. I already developed strong feeling for Alfie’s Valjean after seeing him in the 25th concert. Once again- he shines as as Valjean. That list would continue of those I had seen before. Some of those come from my West End cast.
Originally seen as Eponine, this time around I would get Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine. Both of my Fantine’s I saw this year reduced me to tears (like I expected) during “I Dreamed a Dream”. It is just that kind of song where only a few notes can hit you like a pile of bricks. In the staged concert, the reaction was pretty strong during that song- I knew it would. Well, those I saw in the West End cast would continue.
I even saw Rob Houchen and Bradley Jaden once again. I saw them as Marius and Enjolras back in 2015 and once again this time around. Still love those two as Marius and Enjolras. Seeing all of these actors again was incredible. I literally was brought back to that night by seeing some of these exact same actors once again- the night I lived a dream. July 30th, 2015. The picture below is from that night.
At the end, there are was a quintet of “Bring Him Home” and a duo of “Stars”
It is hard to believe that back in 2012, I really did not know what to think of Les Mis or how to respond or react. Then, all it took was a 2nd chance of the film in 2013 and the rest was history. 2013 was the same year of seeing the stage show for the first time and watching the 25th anniversary concert film. From seeing the stage show in 2013- the other years I saw the stage show turned out to be an every other year pattern.
My actors/actresses now for characters is either 5/6/7. Meaning I either saw five actors for a role or six for a role or seven for a role. For some of these characters, I do know who my favorite actor/actress is- but for others that answer is hard to figure out. The top three is even harder to figure out for some of them.