I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this movie and how much I want to see it.
I have a long history with Les Mis. In high school, my friends were all obsessed with the show, so much so that we used to sit around and belt out the songs at the least provocation. I was always Eponine and “On My Own” was my song (this is what happens when a over-dramatic, musical-obsessed 16-year-old girl has an unrequited crush on her best friend which everyone – including the best friend – is aware of).
Les Mis was also the first play I ever saw live on Broadway – some friends and I went to see it instead of going to the senior prom. It was incredible, so much so that I saw it several times before it closed. I am really hoping that the movie does it justice, although with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe playing Javert and Jean Valjean, I am very encouraged.
In related news, I have recently heard that the current production of Godspell is in danger of closing if they don’t see a bump in ticket sales to get them through to the summer rush. I saw Godspell a few months ago (and really want to go back to see it as soon as I can afford to go) and I can tell you it was an incredible production of an incredible play. They are set to perform at the Tony Awards tomorrow evening (I can’t believe they aren’t there as nominees!) and hopefully that will bring some attention and put some bodies in seats but if you are at all interested in seeing Godspell then now is the time to buy your tickets. Not only could your tickets help keep the show going but you may not get a chance to see it later on.