Liveblogging Les Mis the musical: Part 1
I finally, finally, found the moment to watch the Les Mis recording from the Madrid production that @partloma sent me. I’ve gone all the way to the Intermission, so here are my first impressions, fresh out of my watch.
The Spanish was a lot less jarring than I was expecting! Yes, I didn’t understand a word for a bit because my brain was trying to understand it in English, but from one point onward I just changed registers and it worked quite well. The translation isn’t bad, either, there are a few lines which are really badass, but they give up rhyming on the last sentence sometimes, it’s kind of jarring.
They changed the number on Valjean’s chest to fit into the metric scheme! It’s not really important, but it’s weird to hear.
Seeing Valjean get the shit kicked out of him when him being supernaturally strong is such a big plotpoint was kind of funny, I’ll admit.
The lovely ladies have the best outfits in the show. I’ll die on that hill.
The actress playing Fantine is amazing, holy shit. She is so expressive, and I actually felt that “fuck you, Monsieur Madeleine” feel I got from the French Concept Album. I don’t know who she is, but I like her.
Javert popping out every time Valjean does something is hilarious. Does this man have nothing better to do than hunt down an escaped convict for over a decade??? Get a hobby!
... Did Valjean almost get into a fistfight with Thénardier in the middle of Paris..?
Why did they change it so that Thénardier knows who Valjean is and can tell Javert about it? It adds nothing to the story that I can think of, and I don’t understand how he would have known. What purpose does the change serve?
Marius being super involved in the Revolution will never stop being weird.
ENJOLRAS!!!!!!! *fangirls all around the room* <3 <3
Hm, after seeing the Red & Black sequence from the film, I kind of expected Grantaire to be more front and center. His outfit was a little dull, not as eye-catching as Enjolras’, and he didn’t interact with Enj as much as I was expecting. If I wasn’t actively looking for him I’m not sure I would have picked him out from the other people in the room.
Is the Ami in the glasses supposed to be Combeferre? *hearteyes*
The set changes during ‘Do You Hear the People Sing’ are amazing. I love how people seem to pour out of nowhere to join them.
Okay, seeing this I understand why people tend to make Éponine Marius’ best friend in fanfics. They seem to have almost an equal footing relationship here, a lot more like a friendship than the weird crush of the Brick. It’s very different, but I kind of like it, they’re cute.
I wonder if they’ve ever thought of making the same actress play Fantine and Cosette. I think it would be an interesting way to highlight their relationship.
Okay, let’s be honest: that moment when Valjean is having an intense crisis in the foreground while Cosette and Marius are smooching less than a meter behind him is just amazing. I almost laughed.
There is this split second when Marius introduces Éponine to Cosette and they both stop and just look at each other which I love, and I wish more people explored. There is a moment of tension there when I’m left wondering if they’ve recognized each other, and what their thoughts are, and it’s so fascinating!
‘One Day More’ is awesome. But please, someone hire a choreographer for them, that weird shuffling step they do is very undignified. Someone get them a real choreography, I’m begging them.
That red flag at the eeeeeeend. <3
And that’s all for now! Tune back tomorrow for my thoughts on the second act! I’m terrified!
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