I went to Les Mis again on Friday, and dragged E along with me, because it was about time she saw my favourite show ;) Once again, most of the cast was amazing. In particular, Hayden Tee had kicked it up a notch. Last time he was very good in the first act and great in the second, and this time he was excellent all the way through. And Kerrie Anne Greenland was just brilliant. Any vocal issues from the first time were completely gone and I just love love love her Eponine. Lara Mulcahy was on as Madam Thénardier this time and she was very good. We had Ben Jason-Easton on as Gavroche and he was fantastic. Marius still rubbish ;p

On the downside, I realised that I hate the direction. Hate it. It's not just the staging stuff I talked about last time. It's what the actors have been told to do, and how they've been told to sing (or shout) and the phrasing that the songs have been given. And I don't understand why it's so bad, because supposedly this is meant to be based on the new version that's being performed in London, and directed by London directors, but I can assure you it's not the same. I had the thought while watching it that it feels like it's been made more like the film. I haven't seen the film, because Russell Crowe as Javert, but I know that the focus was on emotion instead of perfect singing. And that's the only reason I can think of for having Simon Gleeson (with HIS voice) shouting so many of Valjean's lines, and for having Patrice panting so much as Fantine (and Kerrie Anne in 'Little Fall or Rain', too) that it distracts you from the song. E found it all a bit hammy, and that just says it all really, because the MUSIC gives you the emotion and the direction should be really subtle or else it stops being a tragedy and starts being a pantomime.

But, yanno, Simon and Hayden and Kerrie Anne and Trevor are worth sitting through the direction. Tee's 'Stars' and Gleeson's 'Bring Him Home' are worth the ticket price alone.

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In other news, I was checking the spelling of Lara's name, and typed Laura instead and I do not think this is the person I was after ;D I do like her doggy, though.

June 2017

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