- Me: *sees book store* *looks to friend* *shuffles towards bookstore*
- Friend: no.
Les Mis was amazing.
The people sitting behind me were not, but such is life when you buy a £20 ticket two hours before the performance and are sitting in the upper circle, which, for big shows, seems to be the land of people who don’t understand theatre etiquette.
But that was easy to get over during the show because it was just SO GOOD.
Also, it actually made me appreciate everything Tom Hooper did for the film even more. The play is such a beast of a show (kind of in the way the brick is as a novel), but the way the story flows is perfect for the stage. But, in this case, perfect for the stage translates to too slow for film, with some expository songs that could be condensed into a few quick shots without losing the exposition, when done well. And the pacing was perfect for the stage, but doesn’t build as it should for a good film, so rearranging a bit and cutting the fat is usually a good idea. And I think Hooper pulled it off very well.
I can even see why “Suddenly” and the following chase were deemed necessary for film audiences. Even though I still believe the addition was more for the Oscar nom than anything.
I definitely just booked a ticket to see Viva Forever! on Friday.
Because it’s the Spice Girls. And it’s a jukebox musical. And those are two of my favorite things.
And I’m so excited.
Michelle is apparently feeling very musically nostalgic right now and keeps bringing back music videos from the 90s.
I just learned what “Macarena” is actually about and my childhood will never be the same.