Ooooooohhhhh.... my. Speaking of Javert. (be still, beating heart). I know you aren't supposed to like the "bad guy" (though I'd hardly call Javert the bad guy - that's another blog post in itself), but he was incredible. I was supposed to be sewing eyelets on my corset while we watched.... but for Javert's solo, "Stars", I just sat with my mouth open, thrill after thrill going through me, with my needle poised in the air. If someone asked me who I'd choose to sing a duet with out of all the famous singers, I wouldn't ask for Michael Buble, or Josh Groban, or Andrea Bocelli, (though that would be really neat too). I would ask to sing with Philip Quast. I don't think anyone can top his performance as Javert, with his amazing voice, and those eyes that speak better than words.
"Empty Chairs At Empty Tables" was so mournful and beautiful, "A Little Fall of Rain" was heartbreaking (I love Lea Salonga's voice), "Master of the House" made me laugh out loud (Alun Armstrong as M. Thenardier was perfect), "I Dreamed a Dream" was desperate and angry, and "One Day More" made me want to stand up and clap with all my might. That song is my top favorite from Les Miserables (though the ending scene is great too). Anyone want to come over and sing it in parts with me??
Okay, I'll stop rambling about how great it was. I just had to do a post about it, because I'm slightly obsessed. :) Any other Les Mis fans out there??
To finish this off... here's the video of Philip Quast singing "Stars" (he isn't stuck-up at the end, he's just staying in the role):
P.S. I guess I talked about it a lot, because my dad sent me this verse to "On My Own" at 1:13am while he was waiting in an airport. I love my daddy!!
On my own, I'm laying in my bed
I can't sleep with les mis in my head
That Javert, his voice just towers above
And Eponine is just amazing as she vows her love.