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Mon, 28 Mar 2005

Highlights from Les Misérables / Original Broadway Cast
Highlights from Les Misérables I was watching the last season of Angel on DVD recently. In a pivotal (but aren't they all?) episode called A Hole In The World, Angel and Spike jet off to England in search of a cure for Fred. Which I realize means nothing to you if you aren't a fan. But bear with me for a moment. And keep in mind that Angel and Spike are both vampires who are now forces for good. Oh, and that Fred's a girl, not that it matters for this discussion.

Anyway, Spike suggests that as long as they'll be in the neighborhood, they should take in a show after they save Fred.

    Angel: "I've never seen Lez Miz."
    Spike: "Trust me; halfway through the first act you'll be drinking humans again."
He has a point. Les Misérables hardly shows humanity at our best. On the other hand, of the theatrical blockbusters, it's the one that marries music, spectacle and story best. It has the musical power of Phantom of the Opera, the emotion of Miss Saigon, and some pretty kick-ass staging of its own.

One complaint about both Les Miz and Phantom is that a lot of the songs repeat each other. That works a lot better on the stage than it does listening in the car. But it's much less of an issue with a highlights album like this. And at a little under an hour, it's not the endurance test we theatergoers remember with anguish. Maybe we're the misérables they're talking about.

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