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Les Mis - we're all Les Mis after seeing this
Member Name: bex_boo
Advantages: A very talented cast
Disadvantages: Depressing, expensive, too long, songs sound the same
I love musical theatre. I love everything about it. But I had Les Mis. Hated it with a passion.
Don't get me wrong, I can accept that the clue is in the title. There are not going to be any jazz hands, and swinging from the rafters. But seriously, this goes beyond depressing. I normally love that exhilarating feeling when you leave the theatre, you feel uplifted, entranced by the talents that people posess, and still caught up in the story. But I couldn't wait for this to end and get out of the theatre. I went to see it with 5 friends, and all of us felt the same.
With a running time of about 3 hours this is not a quick theatre trip. And we were sat at the back of the stalls - the seats slightly cheaper than normal stalls prices, but still very expensive given that the view was not amazing. prices range from £16 to £60, and you can often pick up special deals on websites like Last Minute.
I'm not going to ruin the whole plot line for you, but be prepared to expect no happiness. None. Zilch. There is one song that is slightly more upbeat, but it's kind of about a horrible husband and wife who are trying to extort money. So really it's not that cheerful afterall.
In my opinion, all the songs sound the same. The same backing music just slightly different words over the top - and when I say slightly different words, how many words are there for unrequited love, war, and death exactly? Hmmm. If you're interested - go see this.
The stage and costumes (being that this is a depressing show) are all bland and dull. And if you don't have a great view of the stage then you could easily confuse one character for the next.
The cast are talented, very talented, their voices are lovely. There isn't really any dancing involved, so I cannot comment on their abilities there. But their acting is very good. You actually believed all the misery.
I really have no idea why this is such a popular show (in it's 25th year in fact), maybe people enjoy being depressed, I really don't know. But if like me, you prefer jazz hands and silliness, then go see something like Priscilla!
Summary: Not for everyone!