How I did it: I finally managed to procure tickets to the show before it sold out! In various cities I've lived, touring casts have put on stage productions, but they were either 1) sold out instantly or, 2) so low budget as to not be "worthy" of the production I had envisioned.
I wanted to hold out for a production that was going to fulfill my life's ambition to see it live. I feel fortunate to have a spouse who was equally eager to go see it. Read how I did it… 19 months ago
I saw Les Miserables today – on stage, not the film – for the first time, something I have absolutely longed to do since I was a child and learned the songs “On my own” and “I dreamed a dream” in choir when I was ten. It was a 30th birthday present from my brother.
I love the show so much I could not possibly give any kind of rational review of it. It was amazing. I cried through the whole first act, partly because I couldn’t believe I was finally seeing it live. I wasn’t too impressed with the ladies’ solos – they were a little overdone and melodramatic – but everything else was brilliant. Jean Valjean was powerful and yet restrained, and quite subtle on occasion, and Javert’s voice was so clear and pure contrasting with his passion hatred for Jean Valjean. Fantastic. I’m crying now thinking about it all. But then I’m a sucker for anything with a message of social justice.
Now to be in a production of it… 20 months ago
How I did it: I saw it on the west end, with Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas.And can honestly say this was the best musical I've ever seen.
I sobbed. Repeatedly.
There were some amazing performances from the cast and you could really see the love they have for their work.
Towards the end we could just hear crying from all around the theatre, and the standing ovation lasted at least five minutes.
One of the most emotional performances I've ever seen. Read how I did it… 3 years ago