Friday, February 10, 2012

Do You Hear the People Sing?

Last weekend Dad and I stayed up watching the 10th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables. And I became a complete fan. Wow. It was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I was up in the clouds for about 2 days after it. We saw the play a couple years ago, when some friends of ours were in it for CYT, but it was my first time hearing all the songs, except I Dreamed A Dream, so I couldn't appreciate it quite as well since it was all new to me. And teens can have great voices, BUT for the most part, more mature voices sound better, especially for the roles of Jean Valjean and Javert.

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.

6 comments:

  1. Saw this for the first time last year. Neat. Big giveaway on my blog on Monday!

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  2. Love your blog. Really. Last November I just barely got into sewing dresses, especially vintage inspired, so your blog is inspiration to me! Count me as a frequent visitor from now on!
    Eva
    http://chumaniphotography.blogspot.com/

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  3. OHHHH! ANOTHER FAN!!!!

    You have no idea how much I absolutely utterly love this musical.

    Yes, I agree, Javert is fabulous! But the person who blew me away in the 10th Anniversary version was Michael Ball!!! OH MY WORD. His Empty Chairs at Empty Tables was so heart-breakingly emotional!!!!!! I literally got teary-eyed when I first heard it.

    Dad recently bought the 25th Anniversary addition for me as a gift and it's really good too! I'm not fond of Nick Jonas being Marius, but everyone else does an excellent job, so if you ever get a chance to put your hands on a copy I'd recommend giving it a watch! Mostly for Enjolras. *swoon* Ramin Karimloo sings for him and his voice is incredible!!!

    Okay, enough fangirling! *grin* We'll need to talk about this at Liberty Day! :D

    Love,
    Jess

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  4. Savories of Life: Thanks for letting me know about the giveaway!

    Eva: So glad to have to visiting my blog! Keep on sewing - it's such fun! :)

    Jessica - YAY! Someone who I can gush about Les Mis with!! I've tried to start so many conversations about it, and most people just sort of say "Les mis.. oh yeah. I think I heard that once. Nice" While I'm getting tingles just remembering it!! :)

    OH MYYYY!!!! YES! Michael Ball's Empty Chairs was incredible. He was definitely one of my favorites. The only reason I didn't quite like him best was because he was slightly off key on the end of In My Life and One Day More. But he still has an AMAZING VOICE!!!

    I've seen a few videos on YouTube of the 25th anniversary concert and I've liked what I've seen for the most part....aside from Nick Jonas. :) Alfie Boe was fantastic!!! I haven't seen any videos with Enjolras yet *goes to look it up*

    Hee hee! I can't wait to talk about it then!!!! :) Only a few more weeks! I can't wait to see you!!! :)

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  5. *hyperventilating*

    I just discovered your blog through a link from a friend's blog, and was oohing and aahing over your gorrrrrrgeous sewing projects (I'm a seamstress too) and then I noticed something about Les Mis in a recent post and, well, this post made me all squealy inside. The TAC is EPIC, no? ALL KINDS OF EPIC. I've seen both concerts and as many clips from the new movie as are on YouTube (counting down the days till it comes out on DVD!!) but the TAC will always own my heart. Philip Quast is utterly amazing. As is Colm Wilkinson. And Lea Salonga. And Michael Ball is my ultimate favorite. BEST. MARIUS. EVAH.

    I got introduced to Les Mis in December 2011 when I had to read the book for school (had to! HA! Now it's one of my favorites!) and now I'm completely and utterly obsessed. And this post made me incredibly happy.

    *thus ends a rather gushy comment from your newest follower*

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  6. Miss Dashwood - Eeep!!! Another fan!! :) I love Les Mis so much - I literally sing at least one song from it everyday! haha! My parents gave me both the DVD and CD of the TAC for my birthday - YES! :) I've seen most of the 25th concert, but not all yet - it's on my list of things to see though, as well as the movie.

    Thanks for following my blog!! Hope to see you back here often!

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