In today’s collection, I decided to talk about my collection of Les Mis-related things I have collected over the years.
First up are the three playbills from Greenville, Central Piedmont Community College, and the West End. The phenomenal community college production was in 2013, the epic West End production was in 2015 with Adam Bayjou as Jean Valjean, and the powerful Greenville production was in 2017 with Talia Simone Robinson as Eponine. So that shows that my Greenville and West End productions was home to an understudy. The West End playbill is signed by Adam Bayjou and while watching the show, I completely forgot I was watching an understudy because was that good as Jean Valjean.
The soundtrack- I first owned the Original Broadway soundtrack in 2013. I love listening to the songs on that soundtrack. They are so brilliant and well-crafted that the complement the characters and story so perfectly. The songs are one of the biggest reasons why I love Les Mis. Even the songs alone can be powerful.
The book- I first read the unabridged book in 2015. I used my knowledge of the musical to get through the book. That helped me understand what was going on so I could picture the songs at certain moments of the book and wrote in the songs. I inserted my knowledge of the musical into the book and put what I learned from the book into the musical. While there are slight differences, I feel like the musical is quite faithful to the book.
The Stage to Screen book- I got this for Christmas one year from the sister. It talks about the history of the musical, which gives some info about Victor Hugo. It talks about how the musical was created all the way to knowledge about the movie musical.
The three tickets- yes I am crazy, but I ended up keeping the tickets from all three productions. At CPCC, I sat in row Q towards the center and I also sat I believe in the back of the Mezzanine and the back of the Orchestra. In the West End, I sat nine rows back from the stage. In Greenville, I sat in the balcony towards the center.
The Program- in summer of 2016, I went to my first Les Mis party. It was a surprise so I did not dress up as a character that time around. My mom’s friend knew a friend who knew someone who played Jean Valjean so it was arranged that I would this program and he signed the program on a picture of him as Jean Valjean.
The two filers-There are two filer-like things in this picture. One of them is talking about the CPCC production and the other is a filer dealing with the West End production.
The Poster- the poster was something else I bought at the Queens Theatre. It is currently having up in my room in Charlotte.
These two T-Shirts- The gray one I got at the Queens Theatre when I saw the musical in the West End. The red one was a T-Shirt my friends made for me on my 22nd birthday.
The Movie- Another Les Mis thing I have is the musical movie. That movie is what gave me my first full experience of the musical. I first watched this in December of 2012, but at the end of it I did not know if I liked it or not. I was shocked and confused at the idea of it being a tragedy since I had no idea that tragic musicals even exist so I had a hard time paying attention to what was going on in the movie. When I actually gave it a second chance, I was able to calm down and began to notice something special about the musical. I have seen this movie several times and yet each time I still tear up. Without this movie, I wouldn’t have developed a passion for musicals or wouldn’t have become a true fan of Les Mis.
The 25th anniversary concert-I first saw this movie around December of 2013. I have seen it more than once and I love this film. I do not watch it as much as the movie due to it being 3 hrs, but I still have watched it quite a bit and still affected by it.
So I have quite an impressive collection of Les Mis things.