Tonight I had the pleasure of seeing Les Miserables at the 5th Avenue Theater. It is in it farewell tour, so we paid full price this time around to make sure we got seats.
For the most part, I enjoyed the show. It was the first musical I have seen where the entire show is done in song. The gentleman playing Jean Valjean was absolutely phenomenal. After one of his solos, the audience just kept clapping and cheering. It was so odd, that one person behind me asked if the show was over.
If you do not know the storyline of Victor Hugo’s classic novel on which this musical is based, you must someday learn it. (The story is too long and complicated to explain here.) It is a story of Law & “Justice” being confronted by Grace & Mercy. Two characters, Javert & Valjean, each acting in what manner he deems right. Each characters’ view on opposite sides of the spectrum. Which wins, the law or mercy? Javert (the police inspector) or Valjean (the former thief)?
I loved the music. I already knew the storyline. My one disappointment was the at times crassness of some of the characters. It churns my stomach when characters in book, film, or theater, call on the name of God and then live lives just as the “underbelly” of society is expected to.