Like many women my age, my first major introduction to the music from Les Misérables was Dawson's Creek. Remember? Joey singing On My Own with Dawson watching from the side of the stage. Finally, he was figuring it all out. I still think Joey and Pacey made a better couple, but I digress...
I haven't yet seen the Les Mis movie, or even read the book (although it is on my bookshelf waiting patiently). To say I was blown away by what I have been missing would be an understatement. The music and power behind this story gave me goosebumps.
I am used to going to the theatre to see 'feel good' shows. Mamma Mia!, The Lion King, The Sound of Music. Those are the shows I've been to see. By the second act of Les Mis there are many deaths, and I start to wonder if I'm going to leave the theatre feeling totally depressed. But really, this is a story of hope, perseverance, and love. And each of those three things makes me 'feel good'. I think Les Mis will be in Toronto awhile so check it out. You won't be disappointed.
“Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables