Thursday, 28 May 2015

Review: Les Misérables

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Les Misérables.
I have to admit, I was really, really excited to see this on Broadway as I saw it in the West End three years ago and loved it. I can certainly say I was not let down, the Broadway version of Les Misérables is astounding. It may even be a little bit better than the West End version in my opinion. The costumes were fantastic, they really showed what people would've worn in France a long time ago. They used the stage very well and had great sets. The cast were absolutely wonderful, they all had stunning voices. The cast included Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, Earl Carpenter as Javert, Erika Henningsen as Fantine, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Gavin Lee as Thénardier, Rachael Izen as Madame Thénardier, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Samantha Hill as Cosette and last but certainly not least Wallace Smith as Enjorlas. The song 'Master of the House' was utterly hilarious. The Thénarder's were phenomenal in this scene, with both acting and singing. Unfortunately there was some criticism I had for the show. Brennyn had an incredible voice, but I'm not too sure she was right for Eponine. The problem was the child playing young Eponine was white, but then adult Eponine was black. Her character suddenly changed colour. Also, her parents, the Thénardier's were both white so it didn't really work. Ways to get around this are maybe making one of the Thénardier's black, or casting Brennyn as Fantine or Cosette as the show would not be the same without her great voice. Also I feel when Gavroche gets killed during act two the barricades should swivel round, as they do in the West End. I, personally, wasn't too keen on the kid playing Gavroche. To me Gavroche should have an English accent. They should have either had an English kid to play him, or an American kid to do an English accent as I found his accent really annoying. Apart from these small things the show was incredible and can't wait to see it again in London.

The featured star of Les Misérables is, drum roll please… GAVIN LEE!

Gavin is possibly the best Thénardier in history of theatre and film. He was absolutely hysterical. I really hope when he finishes doing Thénardier on Broadway he transfers to London.

Now for my final verdict on Les Misérables. I give Les Misérables… 

Les Misérbales is an amazing piece of musical theatre and I am very glad it reopened on Broadway.

Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Finding Neverland.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has had major cast changes since this review.

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