The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread
Posted 18 December 2012 - 03:49 PM
Geronimo is absolutely sublime and has a truly beautiful voice. His acting is great too - not overly angry/ aggressive, which I personally prefer (compared to Alfie Boe who I found to be constantly angry, for instance).
Liam is a pretty strong singer in my opinion, but to me, he isn't a convincing Enjolras - maybe it's just a physical thing, but I couldn't imagine him inspiring the students to give their lives for a cause.
I am very excited about seeing Chris Jacobsen as Enjolras from January - he was a brillant JVJ and I'm sure he'll be brilliant in the waistcoat.
I quite like Tam as Javert - no real complaints, but not a patch on Shaun Dalton, his understudy, who is pitch perfect and quite fantastic.
Quite a few great Javert u/s over the years, such as Jeff Nicholson previously.
I saw Chris Holland on as JVJ recently and wasn't massively impressed.
His acting was decent but vocally he seemed to struggle - in fairness, it seemed as if his mic wasn't turned up enough as he seemed very quiet compared to other cast members, so perhaps it was because of that?
Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:30 AM
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
Saw same show on the first December. Agree Geronimo is excellent, Sierra was off but was excellent the time before that. AJ Callaghan was on and really good too - she's mastered the art of falling increasingly sick without dying as a shock to everyone, or dying mid IDAD - as some did. Danielle has developed into a really strong Eponine , who gets a suitably strong response. They have reverted to nice Cosettes, and as there's nothing obviously wrong with, an otherwise stunning, Eponine, Cosette wins because thats what Marius likes - thats fine but there's more to play for there. We had the/an Enjolras understudy on and I missed the name - which is a shame because he was really good - he looked and sounded the part - helped by literally standing over the other students and having striking long hair. I pretty much convinced myself he's the most commanding/impressive Enjolras I have seen since David Thaxton.
I love Tam's Javert.He's the latest in a series of successful perms (and some less successful ones) on the role who have ranged from the languid to the hyper. I can't see anything wrong with the movement. The guy is effectively having a nervous breakdown as his value system falls apart, the river beckons, and he's not going to be seeing the face of God either. People that stressed, might well look a bit hyper??
The Thenardiers were both excellent. Monsieur T - Cameron Blakeley - has got just the right mix of evil and humour . Linzi Hateley as Madame T was giving a masterclass. - interesting to hear a top singer sing the role - while the script was fully mined for acting gems. Its a shame she's off in January as i would buy more tickets just to see her.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 11:23 AM
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Posted 19 December 2012 - 12:19 PM
To me, if someone is constantly flat, that's not good singing.
And with Tam, it wasn't the suicide scene that I couldn't get along with, it was his large amount of movement in other scenes - Fantine's arrest for example. Javert doesn't need to be that angry etc, remember, he says "I have heard such protestations every day for twenty years" - he comes into contact with these cases every day of his life, Fantine is no exception, therefore it doesn't work for me if he gets so worked up over her. His answer would be simple - arrest her and have no more say on that matter. Javert is the kind of bloke who simply needs to stand in a location and everyone around him automatically listens to him. He doesn't need to go down to anyone else's level. And in many ways, this it what makes the suicide even more effective - Valjean is the one person he doesn't have that effect on. There is no longer a simple answer to his problem.
As I said though, this is the best I've seen the show in years and very pleased because of that.
Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:53 PM
It's just a different tale on Javert, there's no right or wrong. Tam is totally different to my favourite Javert, Earl Carpenter, but I like him all the same.
Oliver is a brilliant Enjolras. I'm seeing him tonight!
I like that Cosette is likeable now! Until Lisa, I had never cared for the character but she was excellent and Samantha is very good too.
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