Sunday, April 16, 2006

Les Miz - I Am in Love

OK, I do realise that I've been falling in love a LOT lately, but it's happened again. To the max. We went to Les Miz today and it was - it was. . . So. Bloody. Stunning. Really, I am just not going to be able to say enough about it. And where to start? OK, well that's an easy one, actually. Jean Valjean. Randal Keith was not just a shining star, he was some kind of supernova. His voice is so incredible it's unbelievable. He can sing with power and then go and do something high and soft and it's still sharp and clear as a well. (bell isn't good enough, and wells have a lot more depth - think deep, clear, sweet, thirst-quenching and you'll have a little bitty fraction of an idea of this man's talent) Oh, my. OK, so I'm raving. Sigh. I want to go again. And then I went to his website when we got home and saw how he said to stop by the stage door and say "hi" and I kicked myself all over the house for not thinking of at least trying that. Argh. I tried to convince dh that we should go back to the end of the last show and try, LOL! Oh, and dh was as blown away as I was. Ah. It was music heaven. The entire cast was splendiferous. Oh, yeah, and how weird is it that the older Cosette is played by the neice of one of the TKD parents? *shakes head in wonder*

You will think me uncultured (ok, I'll admit that probably most of my previous posts have led you to that conclusion anyway) but I was actually unfamiliar with the story until today. I had heard some of the music, but only this last week or 2 because my friend gave me a CD. I really enjoyed not just the music, but the story. And of course all the set stuff and the rotating stage is just fascinating. And I love the music - some very witty stuff - but now that CD is ruined for me because it's not performed nearly as well as the show I heard tonight. :-P

Some of the effects were very cool, like the way they achieved the look of Javert jumping off the bridge, and the slo-mo effect when everyone at the barricade died. The sewer scene looked great. There were just a lot of amazing things going on in the whole show.

Well, I haven't really packed yet, and considering that I only got about 3 hours sleep last night, I should prolly get crackin' before I drop. Au revoir!

Oh, by the way, I'm quitting everything and joining a musical touring company.

*exits, stage left, singing*

edit - we are playing "trump that photo" with Sheila's SO via phone. Any suggestions?

15 comments:

Jaichan said...

Ooooh! A musical touring company! Well, you definitely have to come to the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. My best friend, DeeDee (real name, Kerry)sometimes does costume work there... she's a great tailor. A few years ago, she went as Marie Antoinette with her head sewn back on. She made her dress out of old bed sheets, complete with pantaloons.
Hahaha... well, B&B Chef loves Japan... maybe I could introduce him to the wondeful world of Hello Kitty.
(insert dirty snicker here).

Jaichan said...

* Went as Marie Antoinette for Halloween. She doesn't just waltz around Halifax dressed as beheaded royalty.
Well, not anymore.

Candace said...

Haha!! That costume! What a riot! :-) And I'm giggling over comment #2, LOL! OK first stop Neptune Theatre. Now I just need something to perform. Perhaps a riotous space comedy musical. Better get to writing. . .

Ooooh! *lascivious snigger* B&B chef meets naughty Hello Kitty products. Yummy. :-)

Jenna Howard said...

Les Miz. Sigh. I so love that musical. I have to confess that was the first thing that popped into my head when Kay called us his his lovely ladies and my second thought was "Hey now!" Enh. Whatever. ;)

Candace said...

Ha! :) What's Kay up to these days? I kinda gave up on him after the long dry spell. Better go see. . .

Wow, I really want to get a CD by this cast. Sigh.

Faltenin said...

"Read the book", he says, "Read the book!"

And read it in French!
:o)

Candace said...

OK, I will read the book. :-) Mais je ne peux pas le lire en fran├žais. N'est-elle pas qu'une honte? However, I expect Egan to begin French lessons directly, so maybe in about 14 years. . . :-P

Jenna Howard said...

Oooh do I get bonus points, Fal, for reading the book? The full version? It was in English though. My French is almost forgotten. Gasp!

Although apparently I'll remember it if Mom & I go to Montreal for a week. Montreal or Hawaii...French Canadians or...beach... Poutine or...beach.

Curses the choices I have! Off to see when the Just For Laugh's comedy fest is on as that could be the deal breaker.

Toby said...

I had a chance to see Les Miserable once. It was a choice between that or back stage and hotel partying/crashing with the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. I chose the latter. It was the first and only time I got a police escort that didn't take me to jail.

Egan said...

J'aime Les Miserables beaucoup.

Candace said...

Toby, that sounds like a blogpost in itself . DO tell. :-) Though I find myself hoping that those daddies did not pop your cherry. And Dude, Les Miz was totally amazing! I wanna see it again. *wistful sigh*

Egan, Moi aussi!

Toby said...

I will tell the story one day. Most of the band went to sleep after reaching the hotel, they did Letterman the next night. But, Dan, who I met through mutual friends and a few others stayed up and partayed in the hotel's bar for quite a while... two hints, when the night did come to an end I caught a cab ride back to my car and the cabbie pulled a gun a me. Do you know the fat guy from Lost, or better, Becker?

Candace said...

OK, that's freaky! :-O I don't get channels on my telly except (as I only just found out) PBS. I'll Google Becker. (a singer or actor type?)

Toby said...

It's not important. I was refering to a fat actor. Earlier in the day I went to a movie with a fat guy who looks just like the one I referenced and a girl and afterwards, the girl recommended Summerfest/Cherry Poppin' Daddies and the fat guy recommended Les Miserables - I picked Summerfest and the girl.

I don't have cable or anything so I only get a few channels. I've not watched a single episode of Lost, butI do watch reruns of Becker. If I only got in one channel I would want it to be PBS.

Candace said...

LOL! I understand why you chose the girl! :-)