Les Misérables - July 3, 2006 (Queens Theatre, London)


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On July 3, 2006, I saw Les Misérables at Queen’s Theatre in London. Anyone who knows me even a little bit knows I had wanted to see it for over year and I was SO excited to finally get to see it! Not only would this be the first time I saw Les Misérables, but it would be the very first time I saw ANY musical live! Indeed a special day!

Based on that fact the expectations were of course very high, but on the other hand I have watched the 10th Anniversary Concert on DVD very many times in the last year, and since that version has some of the very best performers in the world I also feared the current London production would be a disappointment.

We had amazing seats in stalls - couldn’t have been better in my opinion!
As for the musical…it was simply wonderful! I loved it SO much! It was really great to see the actual musical played out (as the 10th Anniversary Concert really is “only” a concert), and also it had several songs that were new to me.

I really loved the scene with Valjean and young Cosette singing and dancing to Castle on a Cloud! Such a lovely scene! Another favourite (as silly as it will sound) is when Enjolras came out together with little Gavroche at the curtain call - those two were just great together and made their curtain call really cool! I also liked that I finally understood the things that happened during Drink with Me (never really did in the DVD version). All the barricade scenes were amazing too!

As for the cast - they were really great!

Jean Valjean: Christopher Key (the second alternate)
Javert: Hans Peter Janssens
Fantine: Sophia Ragavelas
Thénardier: Chris Vincent
Madame Thénardier: Tracie Bennett
Eponine: Sabrina Aloueche
Enjolras: Simon Bailey
Marius: Jon Lee
Cosette: Gina Beck
Grantaire: Jeff Nicholson
Young Cosette: Bethany Andrew / Ashley Clish / Katyana Sadler
Gavroche: Oliver Bower / Jordan Grehs / Ross McCormack

My big favourites in this version were Sophia Ragavelas, Jon Lee, Simon Bailey, Sabrina Aloueche and Hans Peter Janssens. Amazingly talented people! The children were also really great!

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