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Les Miserables
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Les Miserables

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 2:00p
Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA

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Cameron Mackintosh's legendary production of Boublil and Schonberg's Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre celebrated its 25th Anniversary in October 2010 and is now the worlds longest running musical....
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Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100
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Reviews & Comments
(no rating) Apr 26, 2012 - georgiaxc
Les Miserables 25th anniversary performance disappoints :(

I was so excited as I approached the Fox last night. After all I was to see one of my favorite shows of all times, in one of my favorite venues of all times. My mother(also a huge fan) and I also had the added joy of introducing the show to my children; hoping to add to the already giant fan base of this amazingly passionate, beautiful show. However, my expectations were sorely misguided. Yes the set was spectacular. Updated, (finally)! Although the sets were never really the focus of this blockbuster powerhouse of emotion so I never really cared so much if they were dated. But it was nice to see the staging get a face-lift. I will admit it now that I saw the difference. And the visual effects, much more engaging… so I will give the PR people props for highlighting one of the only redeeming qualities of this show. I was sooooo disappointed that three of my absolute favorite songs in this universe were over sang in this the 25th anniversary tour that should have instead been amazing and should have moved me beyond words. These songs were over sang to the point of being amateur hour. Fantine’s “I Dream a Dream” was too desperate to the point of embarrassing; very one dimensional in my opinion–usually that scene moves me more than almost anything in the show sans “Bring Him Home”. But last night I felt the a complete lack of connection from the actress to her performance. It was as if she knew how to sing technically but had no idea how to be an actress through song. Less is sometimes so much more, but apparently she hasn’t learned that lesson yet. I was so disappointed. It felt empty, and hollow. Eponine’s “On my Own” and “A Little Fall of Rain,” were absolutely dreadful. Again, overdone, underwhelming and completely disconnected from the character, showing off but not showing vocal skill… yet paradoxically the vocalist giving off an air of confidence that quite frankly came off as arrogance -the actress was almost shouting her notes at the audience as if saying “Look at me! I am in lead role of Eponine and I am amazing and talented.” Problem is by doing this, she actually failed in her attempt to BE Eponine. I was wondering how this 25th anniversary performance could be so ridiculous. And then as I watched more and more of the performance I began to form the opinion thatthe directing had something to do with these actors' choices. It was as if the performers (sans Jean Val Jean) had been given the direction to go as big as they could. Every motion, every fight scene, every death was played up to the point of being campy and it ruined the show for me. I have seen this show dozens of times, and there are sometimes weaker voices and amazing voices but never have I seen the show be so uniformly bad. And this I believe comes down to poor directing. The performers were directed in a way that made them unbelievable. Had they gotten proper performance notes in rehearsal and been told to rein it in instead of blow it out-then perhaps my review would be of a different nature. The exceptions to this for me, were Jean Valjean and Javert. Jean Valjean’s voice was almost flawless, and he was connected to his character at least. I enjoyed watching him and felt his pain as he struggled to redeem his soul and that of others in his care. Javert was brilliant at first, and I was thinking he was perhaps the best of that role I had ever seen, until the suicide scene. My despair, at watching what amounted to a increasingly horrifying trainwreck onstage, returned. This pivotal scene filled with so much of the thematic nuances of what the show means to covey was rushed. It felt so hurried that it fell flat. The struggle in his soul didn’t have time to manifest because it was as if he was running a race against time to finish the song and get off the stage. This had the effect of throwing cold water on the joy I had managed to regain after hearing the passion and sense of sacrifice so eloquently conveyed in Valjean’s understated and almost pitch perfect rendition of “Bring Him Home”. This quite frankly is one of the most powerful, emotionally riveting songs ever written for the stage, and I thank God at least one of the performers hit his mark so beautifully.
Sigh. I have never felt like I have wasted money on this show...ever. That is, until now. After spending 525 dollars for 4 not so premium seats, I wished at the end I had just stuck the 10th anniversary performance from PBS in my DVD player and watched with my children from the comfort of my own home. It would have been much more impactful than the live spectacle we endured last night.

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