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This is something that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and the arrival and subsequent excitement over Les Misérables has made it urgent. Because I recall when the stage show was new, when I was in high school and then university in the late 1980s, and how it completely electrified many of the geeks I knew. A lot of the same people who loved Star Wars and Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 and The Princess Bride also loved this rock opera based on a 19th-century Victor Hugo novel, and there doesn’t particularly seem to be a lot of crossover going on here. I’ve also never forgotten seeing an ad in the 1990s -- probably in Backstage, the Broadway industry newspaper -- announcing auditions for Les Mis’ chorus, which stated that if you can sing Billy Joel and Disney musicals, then you can sing Les Mis. So »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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