‘Les Miserables’ performs beyond expectations for first few shows
By: Alexis Kuskevics
Show: Les Miserables Who: Princess of Wales Theatre Where: Toronto, ON When: October 7th, 2013
Since 1985, the original London production of Les Miserables has been performed in various cities across the world. After its opening at the end of 2013, Toronto’s own rendition of the famous musical has gripped audiences with the cast’s in-depth performances and believability.
Based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, Les Miserables follows the story of Jean Valjean as he spends his life running from the police inspector, Javert, during the French Revolution.
Between the authentic courtesan attire and old France backdrop created by set designer Matt Kinley and costume designer Adreane Neofitou, it was easy to adapt to the time period of the 1800s and further explore the world and life of main character, Jean Valjean. The actor of the protagonist, Ramin Karimloo, effectively captured the passion of the character as he struggles to lead a normal life after serving his prison sentence for stealing a piece of bread for his starving nephew. Though the gunshots were overbearing during the barricade sequences, it seized the fear of not only the characters, but the audience as well.
Directors Laurence Connor and James Powell partner with the show’s choreographer, Geoffrey Garratt, to create beautiful transitions of death and life and the courage of the schoolboys ultimate fate at the barricade.
Due to the story’s theme of bravery and humanity, this show is recommended to anyone interested in finding yourself, and enjoying yourself. The show’s anthem “Do You Hear The People Sing” proves that we are only remembered for what we have done due to the incredible talent delivered by the cast and crew of the production. Almost thirty years since the shows debut, this musical will surely be remembered for its amazing contribution to the story of the passionate bond between a man and his humility.