Written on: 11/11/2004 by sher30
This the all-time classical musical. It takes a book written by Victor Hugo and turns it into a heart-wrenching story of the life of a man in desperate times, and his plight. It touches on the emphasis of forgiveness and being given that second chance to make a change and that change to really mean something.
I would suggest that those going to see it don't go if they are feeling low as it does nothing to uplift ones spirits. Characters you like keep dying.
Les Miserables is a must. I have seen many musicals and apart from Miss Saigon no other comes near. The storyline introduces the main character as an angry young man who feels he as been wronged and his actions through sheer desperation lead him into what looks to be destined a life of toil until he escapes and takes off still angry. A kindly priest shelters him for the night and he repays him by stealing the silver but as he is caught and brought back to the scene of the crime the priest says he gave him the silver. From this point on he changes his character and vows to God to lead a better life. We meet many other characters along the way and Valjean has a remarkable effect on them. Though in the background he is haunted by Javert who has made it his mission to find him. It is set during the French Revloution in amongst poverty, idealism, politics, and loss. The set is cleverly arranged but simple. The storyline and the actors are so convincing that there is no need for fancy scenery. The music and issues will clench your heart and make it difficult for there to be a dry eye in the house. If you have not seen Les Miserables GO SEE IT NOW.