When Val and I first started dating, she treated me to Les Miserables at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. I was ecstatic. This was a show I dreamed of seeing for ever and now I finally get to see it and how this moving circle thing with people walking on it works….
I also didn’t know and/or realize this would be the beginning of a long, long list of shows that Val and I would end up seeing in our lives together.
Now back in Houston I left feeling, in a word, “meh” about the whole experience. But then again, I’ve hated the acoustics in that theater (don’t get me started about the 2nd time I saw Rent and couldn’t even hear the first act) so I wasn’t surprised.
So when we heard that Les Mis was coming to Chicago, we bought the season ticket package and were off! It was the first show of the new season!
|this was taken leaving Wicked 2 months before|
So we were off with some high hopes of seeing this epic show in a new light. I read about how it’s been redone for the 25th Anniversary. The turning center of the stage is gone. There’s new stage scenery and some new technology? I’m interested!
Unfortunately though, we left with the same “meh” feeling once more. I think that was the last chance I’m giving Les Miserables on stage. Though the music continues to move me. I think we just haven’t seen any strong individuals in this show. No one’s voice is carrying the way that they use to in the Les Mis shows of old (and on CDs) so our expectations are high. As an ensemble though the weight that the songs have is amazing.
Luckily we knew the lyrics because some of them ended up getting lost for whatever reason. Muffled sounds. So weird in such a great theater! Valjean was just a loud singer. Nothing to write home about. Fantine made me cringe at times.