Has it really been 15 years since the 10 year anniversary DVD at the Royal Albert Hall?
First the good stuff ....
500 voice choir! Amazing voices, wonderfully orchestrated and for the most part brilliantly and faithfully portrayed by the cast, with a few exceptions.
Lea Salonga will forever be Eponine, but this time she plays Fantine. She's played both roles and does a superb job. Miss Saigon's voice truly is a gift. Valjean is amazing, I like him in this production as much as I liked Colm Wilkinson in the 10 year anniversary show. Cosette, is as beautiful as her voice in this production. The innkeeper and his wife (same wife different innkeeper) bring down the house every number.
Now the not so good ...
I am sorry but although this Javert has the look and wonderful acting ability I found his voice lacking compared to the 10 year, although Javert's Suicide is wonderfully sung. CLOSE, but not quite. Sorry.
Now for Marius, um NO WAY, NO HOW, I don't care if he is a Jonas brother. Cosette, Valjean and Eponine had to hold their voices in check because this Marius's untrained voice was not up the the quality of the cast. He had the same sick look on his face throughout the show and I found that annoying.
The staging ...
No more turntable, now scenery flies into place. Very nice except for it takes away from the after the battle scene. This time Gavoche dies off stage, and this kid was so good and likable he deserved a better end. 3 hours of wonderful entertainment and worth the price.....
Do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men.
It is the music of a people who wont be slaves again.
When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums
Theres a life about to start when tomorrow comes!