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Poll: Les Mis dress rehearsal (56 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Les Mis song would you most like to sing at a dress rehearsal?

  1. At the End of the Day (2 votes [3.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.57%

  2. Bring Him Home (4 votes [7.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.14%

  3. Do You Hear the People Sing? (7 votes [12.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

  4. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. I Dreamed a Dream (3 votes [5.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.36%

  6. Look Down (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Master of the House (5 votes [8.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.93%

  8. On My Own (8 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  9. One Day More (15 votes [26.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.79%

  10. Stars (12 votes [21.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.43%

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#621 ABowlerHat

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

For anyone who's interested, the website has had a re-design. Interesting that they're going with black and white. Almost harks back to where it all started.

http://www.lesmis.com/

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

Excited for Sam Edwards to join the cast, I somehow missed that announcement until my friend told me the other day. I like him.

#623 Distant_Cousin

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

Can someone clear up a lyric confusion for me?

I always thought in Lovely Ladies it was

" 'quick and cheapies' underneath the pier"

However some theatre nerd on youtube is taking me to task on that and saying it's "quick and cheap is underneath the pier" - which makes no grammatical sense!

Apparently that's in the lyric book of the International Symphonic Recording.

I'm inclined to think it's a misprint by an American who doesn't understand British slang...

#624 MS1995

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

I always thought it was 'quick and cheap is underneath the pear' tbh, but I hadn't put much thought into it and that is just what it sounds like! :P
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Posted 16 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

View PostDistant_Cousin, on 16 December 2012 - 05:02 PM, said:

Can someone clear up a lyric confusion for me?

I always thought in Lovely Ladies it was

" 'quick and cheapies' underneath the pier"

However some theatre nerd on youtube is taking me to task on that and saying it's "quick and cheap is underneath the pier" - which makes no grammatical sense!

Apparently that's in the lyric book of the International Symphonic Recording.

I'm inclined to think it's a misprint by an American who doesn't understand British slang...

Its "quick and cheap is underneath the pier" in the film script too.

Its what Private Walker or Monsieur Thenardier  would say. The whores don't  speak RP english or use grammar proper. .

#626 ABowlerHat

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:50 AM

I went to see this again on Saturday for the umpteenth time and WOW. This is the best I have ever seen the show. The cast are fantastic, the direction slick but real and the tempi are perfect (wonderful conducting).

For a while (and I felt this when I saw it last year) the show got really crap. After the 25th anniversary concert, it got so overblown and the people in it became bigger than the show (Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas etc.) Which is fine for a lot of shows, but not for Les Misérables. When I saw it last year, it was rushed, badly sung, lazily acted and felt like some kind of X Factor crapfest.

Now, however, it has gone back to what the show should be and always was.

Gerónimo Rauch is astoundingly good as Valjean, second only to John Owen-Jones for me. His acting is realistic and meaningful, but he places a huge importance on the singing. Whereas other Valjean's would shout their way through some passages, Rauch is right on the melody and the money notes are not only there, they'll blow you away.

Sierra Boggess as Fantine? Sublime. Right up there with Ruthie for me, she was heartbreaking and though the way she was singing concerned me initially (knowing the classical soprano background she comes from) her belting worked for the character and after a minute or two I just forgot that I was watching Sierra.

Special mentions to Danielle Hope (who, whilst not the strongest Eponine vocally, is pretty darn good) and Adam Linstead who was on for Thénardier. Just as brilliant in that role as he is as Grantaire.

Two disappointing parts for me: Tam Mutu (far too much movement, and vocally not good enough for Javert) and Liam Tamne (not a terribly good singer. Flat in places.)

I wasn't expecting to be as impressed with the show as I was which makes me very grateful.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:33 AM

I though Tam was amazing!! And Liam has a wonderful voice. Each to their own!

I've seen this cast twice and seen Helen as Eponine both times. I'm going tomorrow, will Danielle be on? That's the question...

#628 Stage Hand

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 12:33 PM

Is Danielle off ill or on hol

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:40 PM

I was there at the Saturday Matinee. Second time for me after 6-7 years.

Got to agree about Geronimo Rauch, Sierra Boggess and Danielle Hope, they stood out the most

I also agree about Liam Tamne. He did seem to struggle to hold the high notes.

I thought Tam Mutu was very good. I will agree about the movement, especially when he wildly went back and forth across the stage as he went into "who is this man, what sort of devil is he".

I did not think much about Adam Linstead as Thenardier actually. He was jolly, but I did not think he did much with the role. Thought Linzi Hateley showed more gusto as Madame Thenardier.

Is it me or could the production do with some speakers for the music? I'm not expecting something on the same level as the concert or the tour, but I was sitting near to the stage and was slightly underwhelmed by the audibility of the music
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Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:47 PM

View PostDavid J, on 18 December 2012 - 02:40 PM, said:

Is it me or could the production do with some speakers for the music? I'm not expecting something on the same level as the concert or the tour, but I was sitting near to the stage and was slightly underwhelmed by the audibility of the music

Have to agree with this! i know they got in a new sound system recently but wasn't very impressed!




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