The Ongoing Les MisÚrables Discussion Thread
Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:30 AM
If a performance seems tired or lacklustre it's almost certainly due to direction and individual performances. I remember when I saw Les Mis for the first time after several years which (as I later found out) happened to be towards the end of a cast's run. They'd been performing together for about ten months and I still remember how many small details and layered interactions there were, and how great the energy was. They didn't have to concentrate on blocking or cues but were completely at ease with the material and had explored the characters to the fullest. In comparison, I saw the 25th Anniversary UK tour just a couple of weeks into their run and all the students seemed to be one generic body, not individual characters.
That said, seeing Les Mis about six months ago (so just about four months into the cast's run), I also felt that they seemed to just be 'there' as if to say 'the house will be full anyway so why bother?'. I put this down to casting and direction and given my experience with other casts I'll stick with that - but it was frustrating. The audience still seemed to enjoy it it but I'd definitely seen more passionate performances in the show (even ten or so months into a cast's run).
I know that quite a number of performers really enjoy having an entire year or more with their characters and use it to the fullest by exploring their parts to the fullest and work out various interactions - after all, it's quite an ensemble-heavy show and it allows for more freedom than A Chorus Line for example, or Phantom which almost entirely relies on the three leads. A fair number of actors and actresses in the past have chosen to stay with Les Mis for several years (both as principals and in the ensemble) have have continued to give strong and original performances. I've seen performers who, after almost two years in their role, had more passion and dedication than others showed after three months. But I also agree that direction at the moment seems to be superficial.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:28 AM
I don't know about certain individuals in the cast, but as a whole this isn't true. Not sure how long the contracts are exactly but they certainly aren't only until September - for some of them at the least
Posted 29 May 2013 - 05:33 PM
It's almost June!
Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:57 PM
Posted 06 June 2013 - 03:59 PM
Posted 06 June 2013 - 04:57 PM
I certainly can't comment on Carrie's acting skills, but the above video demonstrates that she does have a good voice. She starts off quite soft and quiet and builds up as the song progresses which is nice. However, in my opinion, it's nothing exceptional; she doesn't "wow" me. Although, in saying that, the video was posted almost two years ago so she has probably improved since then.
I haven't heard of Rob Houchen until now. I've just read that he's a Guildford graduate and he does have a Marius look about him.
Posted 06 June 2013 - 05:59 PM
Posted 06 June 2013 - 06:18 PM
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