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Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 3 October 2010 (UK)
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A celebratory 25th anniversary concert performance of the hit musical at The O2 in London.

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Alain Boublil (book), Claude-Michel Schönberg (book) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfie Boe ... Jean Valjean
Norm Lewis ... Javert
Matt Lucas ... Thenardier
Jenny Galloway ... Madame Thenardier
Lea Salonga ... Fantine
Samantha Barks ... Eponine
Nick Jonas ... Marius Pontmercy
Katie Hall Katie Hall ... Cosette
Ramin Karimloo ... Enjolras
Earl Carpenter Earl Carpenter ... Bishop / Javert - Barbican Cast
Hadley Fraser ... Grantaire
Jonathan Williams Jonathan Williams ... Convicts 1 / Combeferre
Mike Sterling Mike Sterling ... Convicts 2
Tom Pearce Tom Pearce ... Convicts 3
Gerónimo Rauch Gerónimo Rauch ... Convicts 4
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A celebratory 25th anniversary concert performance of the hit musical at The O2 in London.

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The Musical Event of a Lifetime

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Drama | Music | Musical

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Lea Salonga previously played Eponine in Great Performances: Les Misérables in Concert (1995) as part of "The Dream Cast" for the musical's 10th anniversary. See more »

Quotes

Enjolras: Tie this man and take him To the tavern in there. The people will decide your fate, Inspector Javert!
Courfeyrac: Shoot the bastard!
Javert: Shoot me now or shoot me later Every schoolboy to his sport! Death to each and every traitor, I renounce your people's court!
Enjolras: Take this man and bring him through, there is work we have to do!
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Version of Les Misérables (1934) See more »

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Prologue: Work Song
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Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Performed by Norm Lewis, Alfie Boe and Convicts
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Would have given a solid 10, but for the terrible casting of Nick Jonas as Marius
5 July 2013 | by LinDaFoodieSee all my reviews

In my opinion, no previous Jean Valjean or since have or will ever come close to performing this role with the unparalleled dynamic, powerful and heart breaking perfection of Alfie Boe. If I had rated this production on his performance alone, out of a possible 10 I would have given it the maximum allowed by IMDb's system. I give him 1,000 stars for the look, the voice, the acting ability, everything. I'll never understand why they didn't cast him in the recent movie version, as I didn't understand the casting of Anne Hathaway and good god...Russell Crowe??? First and foremost this is a musical, and as such, calls for top notch voices, not just pretty faces and box office powerhouses.

My exception to that rule is Matt Lucas and Jenny Galloway. As the Thenardiers they were a joy to behold. So talented and witty. Their tongue in cheek portrayal of those two scoundrels was right on target. They deserved at least a 20 out of ten.

What can I possibly say about Lea Salonga as Fantine that has not already been said by just about every critic since her career began? I place her on a par with Mr. Boe in this production and always have loved her in anything she has done. As far as I'm concerned she can do no wrong.

Norm Lewis was wonderful as the always threatening antagonist Javert, hell-bent on hunting down Jean Valjean to the ends of the earth. He has a huge presence on the stage here, as he has on Broadway and television. Very talented and powerful performer.

Now, we come to why I did not give this production a solid 10 stars. First, let me say I take no pleasure in making negative comments. I prefer to accentuate the positive whenever possible, BUT the absurd choice of inserting boy band 'singer' (and I use the word singer loosely) in such a pivotal role baffles the mind. In my opinion Nick Jonas doesn't have the singing chops, the acting chops or the physical appearance this role begs for. If he didn't have his pre-teen fan base and had auditioned to be one of the hundreds of singers in the massive chorus, I don't believe they would have selected him even for that!

Every time I became immersed in the experience of watching and listening to this production, this miss-cast kid would pop up and *poof* the spell would be broken and I would think WHY would the producers of this monumental, prestigious event prostitute themselves and the integrity of this masterpiece of musical theater, a tribute to the artists who created the words and the music and those who so brilliantly participated in it over twenty-five years, by casting this role so badly? Bottom line; I would rate his performance minus 100 stars and bestow (if I could)a minus 1,000 stars for those who cast him in it.

So, there you have it. But for Nick Jonas, I would have given this production a solid 10 stars and the only reason I didn't rate it lower than 9 stars was out of respect for everyone else involved.


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