May 29, 2012

Les Miserables, Part Two: The Music

A post about Les Miserables!  Yay!  (Ouch.  You guys are deafening me with your applause....)

First, A Small Matter...
First of all, when I first heard of Les Miserables and listened to the 10th Anniversary Concert, I automatically assumed that there were spoken lines in the musical, like in Phantom of the Opera and My Fair Lady and Singin' in the Rain and all the other musicals I've seen.  Even in light operas (Gilbert and Sullivan being my absolute favorite), there were some spoken lines.

Not so with Les Miz.

You can't imagine how surprised I was to find that there were absolutely no spoken lines.  Sometimes in the 10th Anniversary Concert soundtrack, it sounded like they spoke the lines, but no - it's all singing in the musical.  Everything.  I'm not kidding!  It was SO cool!  Even the recitations (what the half-spoken, half-sung lines in light operas are called) in between songs are still sung, all with one melody or another. For example, my sister (who goes by Arwen on this blog when she posts... which has been never as of today) and I call one melody 'The Dying Song' because it's what *Spoiler Alert!*  Fantine sings when she's dying, then what Valjean sings when he's dying, then, strangely, what Eponine sings in 'On My Own.' *End Spoiler Alert*  I can't remember what tune some of the "Recitations" are set to, but I think some of it is to 'The Dying Song.'

Anyway.  Interesting little tidbit you might or might not have known.

A Few of My Favorite Songs
Need I even say what this little section is about?  Hopefully you've gathered it from the title.  : )
I skip (or don't even have on my iPod) a few of the songs, namely "Lovely Ladies" and "Master of the House," because they're just full of... well, things that are not very edifying, if you know what I mean.  Which, by the way, is the one small issue I had with the musical.  Unlike a movie, you can't fast-forward, skip, or mute things in a musical.  Either you take what I call a Strategic Bathroom Break or you have to sit through it.  I chose the latter.  After the above two songs, my ears and eyes were burning.  Thank goodness, the rest of the musical more than made up for those few minutes.

Hmm... this is harder than I thought.  It's really easy to pick my favorite songs from, say, the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid ("She's in Love," "Positoovity," "Kiss the Girl," and "If Only") or, again, the Broadway version of Little Women ("Astonishing," "How I Am," "The Fire Within Me," and "Small Umbrella in the Rain"), but Les Miz is a little harder, especially since I have two versions to pick from - the cast I saw live, or the 10th Anniversary Concert Dream Cast.  (Notice, if you will, that the 25th Anniversary Concert is not listed.  That's partially because I haven't listened to the whole thing, and partially because I, ahem, don't like the parts I have listened to.  *cough* Nick Jonas as Marius! *cough, cough*)

I shall attempt, however!  Let's start from the beginning.  I'll just pick the songs I liked from "my" cast and not compare it to the awesome 10th Anniversary Concert Dream Cast.  I won't explain all of the reasons why I absolutely adored each and every one of "my" cast members - that's another post - but just the songs.  That way, the post will be shorter.  : )  (Keep in mind that these songs are in the order they were sung in, not by which I liked.  I could never pick a favorite!!)

(Now that I think about it, it would probably make more sense to write about the cast first, then the music.  Oh, well.  : P)

Also, just a little warning - this post is full of spoilers about the actual musical.  Just so ya know.  : )

"On Parole/The Bishop" and "Valjean's Soliloquy" were both amazing - "Valjean's Soliloquy" probably my favorite-er of the two, but they blended together so it seemed like one song.  "My" Jean Valjean, Peter Lockyer, did such a good job bringing such an amount of depth and emotion to the songs he sang!  Also, the acting that went on during the songs were just... wow.  'Took the silver, took my FLIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT!' was the best part!  In that part, Valjean ran across the stage, was caught by some guards, and as he tried to get away (and they beat the daylights out of him and took the silver he took), Javert (played by the totally amazing and very talented Andrew Varela, who also played "my" Phantom when we went to see Phantom of the Opera) appeared and looked down on him.  (Yes, I meant to say that.)  I felt so bad for Valjean!  Then the bishop came and saved him - yay!  (As a side note, after Peter finished with "Valjean's Soliloquy," I clapped really loudly and practically screamed.  The young man in front of me, winced and said, "Ouch!"  I just laughed and said, "I'm sorry!" and tried to make my cheers a little quieter after that.  Hehehe...)
"I Dreamed a Dream" would be next on my favorites list.  Oh, my stars, I think the young woman they chose for Fantine, Betsy Morgan, was almost the best pick.  I didn't really like whoever it was in the 10th Anniversary Concert Dream Cast (Ruthie Henshall, I think), but she had the (how to describe it...?) harshness, I guess, that the character demanded.  "My" Fantine was different.  She sang like she'd had a more beautiful life before everything turned bad - with no harsh vibrato - and her voice echoed that.  Anyway, her version of "I Dreamed a Dream" was absolutely breathtaking.  (And I found a [yes, very bad] recording of her singing it on YouTube!  Yay!  Here it is.  She sang it better in the version we saw, but it's still pretty good.  : D)  Probably my favorite Fantine... ever.  Yes, I loved her that much!

Next would have to be "Who Am I? - The Trial."  Again, Peter sang with so much emotion... it was so amazing just how much you could imagine him as Jean Valjean!  At the beginning of the song, it's just him on the stage, all alone, with the amazing backdrop behind him.  (More on the sets later...)  In the end, right before 'So, Javert, you see it's true!', a court appeared in the back with Javert and a judge and a lot of other men.  Just slid over in about three heartbeats.  (The way the sets changed was just amazing.  It was so fast!  Almost like the last song in Mary Poppins [the musical], "Anything Can Happen."  The sets change as the song progresses, just one after the other, right in a row and you can't even tell how they're moving, just that they do.  That probably doesn't make any sense, but it's what it looked like!)  Such a great song!
"The Confrontation" comes next.  Unlike the 10th Anniversary version where you could hear both Valjean's and Javert's parts really well, whoever was controlling the microphones had the singer with the less-important part turned down.  (Seriously - like either one of their parts was less important!)  First Javert's mic was down, then Valjean's.  That was a little weird, but I got used to it in roughly two seconds.  : )  After that, they actually got into a fight and Valjean, who we all know is stronger than anyone Javert has ever known, totally beat Javert and ran away before he was able to even get up.  Very cool.

"Stars" would be next.  (And I just realized that I forgot that song on my first post... : P  Nuts.  And it's such an interesting song!!)  Javert is definitely way up there on my list of favorite warped-religion-villains (along with Judge Claude Frollo from Hunchback of Notre Dame and King Ealden from The Sword in the Stars).  Oh, my stars, it was so good!  (No pun intended...)  Personally, I'm a little biased about Andrew Varela's amazing portrayal of Inspector Javert.  (See this post....)  I'm a little weird, too - I like good villains!  "Stars" is a really good song - in my opinion - because it perfectly shows what Javert is thinking and his motives towards re-(re-)arresting Valjean.  And yes, I guess I am a little biased.  Decide for yourselves.  : D

The whole Rue Plumet part is another favorite.  This includes "Rue Plumet - In My Life," "A Heart Full of Love," and "Attack on Rue Plumet."  We had Laura Wiley as Cosette, Max Quinlan as Marius, and Chasten Harmon as Eponine.  They were all extremely gifted and did an amazing job with their parts - Max and Laura convincing everyone that they were truly in love, even though they'd only met for five minutes once before, and Chasten convincing everyone that she was in love with Marius and making us all sad for her ('These are words he'll never say... not to me!').  In case you don't know the setup, there's a balcony on the side of the stage - on which Cosette stood when Marius threw pebbles at the window - and a big gate and stone wall in the middle of the stage - that Marius climbs over when he finds out that the gate is locked.  Max did such a good job making the song actually seem like it'd be sung.  Softly at first, 'A heart full of love...', then more forcefully, 'A heart full of song!'  She ducks back into the room and slams the balcony door.  Crestfallen, Marius sings (one of the only times it's more like speaking), 'I'm doing everything all wrong!'  Then she comes outside and sings with him.  Good scene....  Until Thenardier ruins it.  : P

Which brings us to "One Day More!"  It was a little less powerful than the 10th Anniversary version (because, obviously, they only have about forty people as opposed to about four hundred...).  It was still amazing, though!  I could hardly keep from singing along with them.  I still nodded my head to every single part... because, you know, I know all of the words.  : D  One of the coolest parts about this scene is that they're walking through the streets of Paris as they sing.  Even though all of the actors are marching in place, the backdrop behind them (which is projected onto the back of the stage... which I probably should have mentioned before because all of the sets are like that) moves backwards.  No kidding!  It didn't look cheesy or dorky at all, just very breathtaking (but not quite as much as another awesome set later...)!  Here's the YouTube link.  A lot of it isn't our cast (only Eponine and Javert are "right"), but it still gives you a little glimpse of what we saw.

Then comes the Intermission, which I barely got through.  : )  The way they started again was so neat!!!  At most of the other musicals I've gone to (I think it's safe to say all of them), the lights have dimmed and you know it's about to start so you'd better get in your seat... or, in my case all the time, your right seat because you were sitting in your cousin's, talking to someone who went with you.  : )  Anyway, there was absolutely no warning with Les Miz.  Just the huge opening chords and timpani and awesomeness of "Building the Barricade."  It's the big, "Bum, BUM!!!"  Then the curtain comes up and you see the Streets of Paris set and the two balconies on the side (that come together to form the alley in "Look Down.")  So cool...  But, being a musician, I'm weird like that.  : P

The Barricade scene....  Whoa.  So much went on, and it was really interesting - even though eight songs took place there.  I really can't pick out a favorite song from this part because they're all so good!!  I'll just go through them one by one.  : )  "Javert's Arrival - Little People" would definitely be a favorite because Javert was so bad and Gavroche was so good!  Joshua Colley, who played Gavroche, was so good at putting so much emotion and character in his voice alone that I could hardly believe he was only nine!  (While we're on the subject of Gavroche, let me just say that *Spoiler Alert!* I was so sad when he died.  Like, moved to the point of tears!  When he sang about Javert, he stopped right after, 'This only goes to show what little people can do!'  I was really disappointed that he didn't finish the song.  But then, after "Bring Him Home," he goes to find bullets.  ('You need somebody quicker - and I volunteer!'  ...  'Look at me, I'm almost there!' *sniff*)  Then... bang!  He starts singing, 'And little people know when little people fight.  We-'  Bang! 'may look easy pickings but we got some bite!'  Bang!!  'So never kick a dog because he's just a pup-'  Then you hear another Bang!!!, and Gavroche keeps singing really slowly and painfully (while I try really hard to keep from crying!) 'We fight like twenty armies and we won't give up, so you'd better run for cover when the pup... grows...'  And then, horror of horrors, another really big, much louder BANG!!!!  They shot him right in the middle of his song!  And Grantaire, who'd become a really good friend of Gavroche, fell to his knees and wailed.  (I thought he'd gotten shot at first...)  Sadness...  Why must the cute die young?!  *End Spoiler Alert*

The next one of my favorite songs in the Barricade scene is probably "Little Fall of Rain."  Don't let the title of the song fool you.  This is one of the saddest songs in the musical because *Spoiler Alert!* Eponine dies.  Tragic!  She's delivered his letter to Cosette (which was intercepted by Jean Valjean, who stayed behind to find out more about Marius - more later in this post), and come back, telling (or rather, singing to) Marius that she's going to stay with him.  He protests, and she falls onto a bench.  He finds out that she's been shot, she falls into his arms and they sing the song.  'Don't you fret, Monsieur Marius...'  Yes, it's a very, very sad song.  Chasten Harmon, who played "my" Eponine, did a very good job actually making it seem like she'd been shot.  Then Marius was really sad when she actually died... I felt so bad for him!  *End Spoiler Alert*  Anyway...  One of my favorite songs in the entire musical and it's so sad.  Now that I have the picture of everything that happened in the song whenever I hear it... and it makes it quite sadder.
Next is when Jean Valjean lets Javert go after Enjolras lets him 'take care of him!'  ('The law is inside out; the world is upside down!'  'Do what you have to do - this man belongs to you!')  Anyway, I didn't say spoiler alert because I think that everyone needs to hear about what a hero Valjean is!  Seriously, people - he lets him go.  After who knows how many years of Javert tracking him down (remember the line, 'I will be there!'), he just lets him go!  Tells him to go, Javert disappears, and Valjean shoots his gun up into the air (producing real smoke - I love, love, love real things like that!).  Enjolras looks at him, and he just nods.  An amazing scene!  (Then Javert commits suicide with a very cool set thing - he jumps off the bridge - the same one from "Stars" - then the bridge moves up and the backdrop changes from the river to inside the river!  Cool, no?!)

After that, the students sing "Drink With Me."  This song is another one of my favorites, and it's more recently a favorite because Arwen didn't want it on our iPods because, "Hello!  First Marius is singing about how much he loves Eponine and doesn't want her to die, then right after that, he's singing about Cosette again!  And they're drinking, and they're singing about women.  This is not going on our iPods."  All true.  However, (a little more back-story - this should only take a second) something went wrong with my iPod a few years ago and there wasn't any music on it anymore.  I had to put each song back on - a very long task.  I knew most of the songs that were supposed to be on my iPod, and some that weren't, but a few from Les Miz got on that I didn't think they should (such as "Beggars at the Feast," which is also not the best song in the world...).  "Drink With Me" was one of them.  And now, even though I think everything she was trying to say was true (except for the part about Marius loving Eponine... but that's another post for another time!), I really like the last little bit because it shows that Marius was truly in love with Cosette (even if they'd only met for five seconds, then the whole Rue Plumet scene).  'Do I care if I should die, now she goes across the sea?  Life without Cosette means nothing at all!  Would you weep, Cosette, should Marius fall?  Will you weep, Cosette, for me?'  What is there not to like about that?!

Then... "Bring Him Home."  My grandma tells us that every time she hears the song, she starts crying.  This time was no exception.  Sitting right next to her, I started getting a little teary-eyed, too.  This song comes right after "Drink With Me," and Marius' singing about Cosette.  He didn't know it, but while he sang, Valjean was watching him.  He'd been keeping an eye on Marius, but when he started showing his true feelings for Cosette....  Thus, "Bring Him Home."  Valjean has totally changed his opinion of Marius and asks God to keep him safe and bring him home.  Such a sweet song....  Did I mention how much I like Jean Valjean?!  A little on Peter and the actual song - he did such a good job!  I'd heard the song numerous times before, but I think his might be my favorite version.  Here's the link - listen and decide for yourselves!  (Although, I think the way he sung it when we heard it was a leeeeettle less... um, slidy.)

Then comes "Second Attack - The Final Battle."  Another "Whoa..." song.  The saddest aspect of this song is, as it's the final battle, they all die.  (Sorry to be so blunt, like the program, but that's what happens!)  The thing that makes it so sad - besides the fact that you see Marius first get shot and fall down, then Grantaire, then all the others, then finally Enjolras - is that every time someone gets shot, a spotlight shoots down on them.  Then, it goes off, and another student dies and another spotlight goes on him.  At the end, after the last guy dies (and sings something, I just can't remember what!  How annoying...), all of the spotlights go on right on the students.  Eventually, Valjean gets up from where he fell (on top of Marius, by the way), limps over to a sewer gate, and pulls it open.  He drags Marius in and shuts it behind him.  Then, Javert climbs over the barricade with a torch (a live, really flaming torch, people!  How cool is that?!), looking for Valjean.  The barricade comes apart, and a wagon is pulled across the stage by one of the Inspector's allies (I don't know what they'd be called...).  Javert holds up the torch and you see Enjolras and Gavroche inside, looking very dead, which made me sad again.  He gets mad and runs away.  Then comes the coolest part!!!  This is the amazing set part that I was talking about....  The jaw-dropping, endlessly amazing part.  Ready for it?  The backdrop behind the barricade, which had been the same city street that was in the "One Day More!" song (you just couldn't see it very well), starts moving down.  Then, it goes beneath the street and a sewer appears.  Cool, right?!  *sigh*  It looked cooler than I can ever explain it.  Anyway, Valjean appears out of nowhere, carrying the unconscious Marius.  It was seriously the coolest set thing in the entire musical!  (Ooh, and I found The Final Battle on YouTube.  Take a look!  This was our Marius, but not our Valjean or Enjolras - our Enjolras was not blonde!)

My next favorite song is "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables."  Our Marius, Max Quinlan... wow.  A friend of mine that also saw it agreed with me that he looked like he was about to start sobbing at the end.  He made me feel like he actually was Marius and that he had actually lost his friends and a pain actually goes on and on!  ('Oh, my friends, my FRIENDS!!!  Don't ask me what your sacrifice was for!')  Really the best version of "Empty Chairs" that I've heard - and that's saying a lot, because I'm a huge fan of Michael Ball as Marius!  Just... I'm a huger fan of Max Quinlan.  Sorry, Michael.  (Now that I think about it, Nick Jonas doesn't hold a candle to Max.  Sorry, Nick, but there it is!)  I can't find a YouTube link... but I will be looking!  : )

And that brings me to my next favorite song, "Epilogue (Finale)."  Debatably one of the best songs in the entire musical, it's got it all - everyone comes back and sings.  Everyone.  Eponine, Fantine, Gavroche!, Enjolras, Valjean, Marius, Cosette - everyone.  Except Javert.  My sister and I can sing Eponine and Fantine's harmony (what we call "Take My Hand" ['And lead me to salvation...']), but Chasten Harmon and Betsy Morgan did a way better job than us.  WAY better.  And that's what, five seconds of the ten-minute song?!  The entire thing was... whoa.  Soooooo good.

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes!
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes!
Tomorrow comes!
Tomorrow comes!!!!



Thus is the end of my exceedingly long post on the music of Les Miserables!  Up next, the cast!  (Hehehe - like I haven't talked about them enough already!!)



~Eowyn~

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, my stars, y'all - that's so long! I hope I didn't bore you.... : P I had fun writing it! (Though it took me a few sittings...)

The next post *should* be up soon, though I don't know when. I have two graduations to go to, a 30-page history final to do, and the SAT to take on Saturday, then I'm free. It probably won't be up before then... soary! : )

~Eowyn~

Alexandra said...

Eeeeep! LOVED this!!! You lucky, lucky, lucky! This was so awesome!

(First off, random side note...I love people who actually know about Little Women...I'm doing "Astonishing" for voice and it's soooo amazing and awesome. Anyway. And I adore Little Mermaid.)

I Dreamed a Dream is probably my favorite - I just adore Fantine. If I ever got the chance I would TOTALLY want to play her. Anyway. And then...On My Own and Little Fall of Rain (which was the first Les Miz song I ever heard, actually - and which makes me cry every time) and Bring Him Home and Empty Chairs...wow, yeah, love it.

So a few weeks ago my brothers and I did a kind of entertainment thing for a local home tour, and we did musical theatre songs. Les Miz, Phantom, Beauty and the Beast...stuff like that. My mom's memory card ran out before we finished, but she did get the Les Miz songs videoed. I have to say, my brother Jon does a prettty impressive Empty Chairs. Hmmm...I may just have to post the vid. :)

Anyway! Cant wait to read the rest!

Anne-girl said...

An award for you m'dear!
http://scribblingskeyboard.blogspot.com/2012/05/awards.html

The Elliotts said...

Alexandra - A tad long, but fun to write! I'm SO glad I got to go!!!

Little Women, oh, yeah. I *love* it. To death. Ooh!! Really?! Wow! Would you consider posting a video on your blog?! And I totally agree with you on Little Mermaid. Sierra is just the BEST Ariel... and the best Christine. : )

I know!! If I was in Les Miz, I'd want to be Eponine. A little enough role for me, but big enough that I get my own song. (And Marius, lol...) Love all those songs a LOT!!

Wow!! That sounds like so much fun!! Ooh, I'd love to hear his rendition of Empty Chairs... Again, please consider a little video on your blog. : )

Can't wait to tell you guys! (Hehehe - I still don't know how many posts I should do... HA!!)

Anne-girl - An AWARD?! Sweet! Virtual hugs because you're the first person who's ever given me an award. Yahoo!

Thanks for the comments!!
Eowyn

Miss Dashwood said...

EEEEEP!
Okay, so I THOUGHT I was following your blog, and I was dying to read about your Les Miz experience but nothing was showing up on my dashboard... because I actually WASN'T following. IDK how that happened. Anyways. Now I am.

So. I just barely began reading this post when I zoomed down to the bottom to pull up the comment box so I can type as I read. :D

Yep, I don't have "Lovely Ladies" or "Master of the House" on my iPod either. :D And I would definitely be taking a strategic bathroom break, haha.

Ooh, I have to say, please please please reconsider watching the 25th concert. It's PHENOMENAL. Nothing will ever be as epic as the 10th, but with the exception of Nick Jonas, it's sooooooo good. (Ramin Karimloo, cough cough cough...)

Oooh, your Fantine sounds so good. I have the same problem with Ruthie Henshall--she's too harsh! Oh, wow, I soooooo wish the actual fight scene in Confrontation would appear in the concert versions... that would be so cool to see.
Heh. That sounded weird. No, I am not naturally a violent person. :P

Awww, "A Heart Full of Love" sounds so sweet! Again, it's such a shame that the concerts don't have all the staging; you don't get the same feel.

Oooh, you know all the words to all the songs too? Obsessive Les-Miz-memorizers unite! ;) WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW that intro to the second act sounds AWESOME! And I love your "it's the big Bum, BUM!" I could hear it in my head. :D

Awww, I KNOW. Why must the cute die young??????? Gahhhhh, I cried SO HARD when Gavroche died in the book. I've only seen a couple of videos of Gavroche's death (heh, it's probably a good thing that it doesn't appear in the concerts--I'd be a MESS) and when that song comes on Pandora, I have to turn it off once he starts reprising "Little People." Ack, and you know the part in 10th where the orchestra is playing "The Sewers" and they show little glimpses of the stage production, with all the guys from the barricade dead on the stage (sob)? Well, the first time I watched it (and every time since then... ahem) I would usually manage to keep from crying, until they panned in on Gavroche and then I'd totally and completely lose it. Sigh.

Ack, Drink With Me is actually one of my favorite songs (minus Joly's iffy line at the beginning... ehhhh...) because it's just so sad. Yes, I'm morbid. :P Grantaire breaks me every. single. time. I mean, he was up there fighting for a cause he didn't even believe in, but he stuck with his friends to the end and ended up dead for... nothing. *bawls* At least Enjolras believed in what he was doing. That doesn't make HIS death any less sad of course... but I'll wait to get to that.

Ooh, I'm glad your Enjolras wasn't blonde. A blonde Enjo is a degradation.
*watches video of Final Battle*
*bursts into tears*

Wow. Javert's torch is so cool! I love "real" effects like that... Oh my soul, that part where it pans in on Enjolras in the cart... *bawls* Heh. My sister just looked at me funny and I had to explain, "I'm watching the Final Battle on Eowyn's blog," and she was like, "ohhhhh," very understandingly. :P

I mean, I guess I just never really thought about that part of it before--that all the bodies got carted off to some mass, unmarked grave somewhere to be forgotten. *wells up again*

Ack. I'm going to finish this with dry eyes. I AM.

Heh. Forget it. I just read the lyrics to the Finale, and since that's my favorite song and never fails to bring me to tears... yeah.

Ahem. Anyways.
This was an AWESOME post and I am officially bright, neon green with jealousy :D

And, um, apologies for leaving a comment as long as Les Miz (the book) itself. :P

The Elliotts said...

Amy - Ouch. I've done that before... except since I can't actually ever officially follow someone's blog, I forget to check. : P I'm pretty sure the day is coming, however, when I'll be able to get my own Google account. Yippee! So glad you're following now. : )

Nice! I do that, too.... : ) Then pull up the comments in another window when I need to reply to one. Keeps from having to scroll up all the time.

Good for you! Yes, I think SBB are VERY helpful... very helpful indeed. : )

Oh, okay. I'll have to find it on YouTube somewheres. With the exception of Nick Jonas... yeah, that's who's kept me from buying it. Ooh, Ramin... that's who's kept me coming back and reconsidering! HA!! Oh my stars... Phantom 25th.... Wow... Best $15 I ever spent!! Great. Now I need to watch it again.

Isn't she?! And that's just her voice!! Her acting, oh my word. That girl's got some talent! HA!! Me, neither, but it was really fun to watch! : D

I know!! That's why I LOOOOOVE the Phantom 25th. ALW is a genius - did an actual staging of the entire thing and filmed *that*. Yeah, concerts are great and all... but I want to see the whole thing - including 'A Heart Full of Love' and the fight scene and the barricades and... everything else. : )

YES!!! I fight with you! I found the actual libretto the other day... nearly drooled because I couldn't remember all the in-between songs!!

I KNOW!!! I just about screamed when I heard it. Very original and very awesome. (I'm also glad that someone knew what I was talking about!)

*sob* Soooooo sad. And you can't even actually see it in the musical. Unlike 'A Little Fall of Rain,' you just have to hear is adorable little voice as he gets SHOT OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!! *sob* Yes, yes, yes... the part in 'The Sewers' makes me tear up, too! I loooose it. Lost it when I watched it, too. Again... why must the cute die young?

Agree with you on that, too! Both the song and the line, heehee. Grantaire is now one of my favorite characters, too. He's such a deep character! And all for nothing... (Why am I singing Phantom? This is Les Miz!) That's right. So sad... especially when it's Ramin. Argh. Makes me mad at whoever altered the book to make it into a musical but didn't change all the deaths. : P

Me, too. That would have been WEIRD!! : D

Yeah!! And actual smoke! But it's such a sad scene... : ( I mean, why must the awesome die young, either?! I seriously had to bite my lip to keep from tearing up. (Otherwise, I wouldn't have been able to see anything else for the rest of the musical!!) It's good that you have such an understanding sister. : )

An unmarked grave... at least let it say something like, "Here lie the bodies of those awesome heroes who fought with valor at the barricades and sang some pretty epic songs." *sigh*

I'm going to end my reply with dry eyes! Stop making me tear up!!!

The Finale... me, neither. I LOVE that song. To bits and pieces.

Thanks! I'm so glad I could tell you all about it - I'm just bursting with happiness and want to tell the WHOLE WORLD how awesome it is!!

Teehee... Forgiven. Please repeat the said offence. : D

Eowyn