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The best musical in the West End.
Member Name: kama0529
Date: 22/05/10, updated on 23/05/10 (41 review reads)
Advantages: Strong story. Excellent score.
Disadvantages: Trying to get a seat!
Les Miserables is, in my opinion, undoubtedly the best musical in the West End. I have seen it at least ten times (yes, obsessed I know) and it never fails to move me and excite me.
Unlike many musicals that often have a weak story arranged around a strong musical score, I find that Les Mis has both a strong story with an equally strong musical arrangement. Although its true to say that neither the story or the music is of the typical happy clappy "jazz hands" genre, the songs and story line are all the more memorable because of this.
Although Les Mis is often criticised for being "too miserable", I have to strongly disagree. The story focusses on the life of Jean Valjean and all of the ups and downs that accompany this man on his journey. Yes, there is tragedy along the way, but there is also the recurrent theme of triumph over adversity and how one man impacted the life of so many. There is also comedy intermingled with the drama in the form of the "Master of the House" and his revolting wife who provide no shortage of laughs and are responsible for the more light hearted moments of the show.
Its the 25th year anniversary of Les Mis this year which makes it the longest running continuous musical in the world and I believe its longevity and popularity is testament enough to its brilliance. As I said, I've seen this production at least ten times, and at the end of the performance I still have tears streaming down my face and cannot wait to jump to my feet to show my appreciation.
Summary: Brilliant. Fantastic. Cannot fault!
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