The Trailer for the musical show that we saw!!
|Cubby cleans up pretty nice, eh?|
Having not seen Les Miz on stage or the movie, I really had little idea of what to expect. Fortunately, my companion for the evening was not nearly as green as I, but when I suggested he could help me during the show if I should get lost, he informed me he is much too civilized to talk during the show [I'm sure you can guess my one word response to that---rhymes with witch]. I found the 'cliff notes' version of the story so I would not be completely in the dark.
After several beers, and a great dinner at a local establishment, we were off the the theatre. A five block walk on a beautiful evening brought us to the Richmond Landmark Theater for a stunning production of the show. We had decent seats...possibly not the best in the house, but the orchestra level, just to the right of the center and about halfway back the theatre. If it wasn't sold out, it was very close to it.
Promptly at 8:00, the lights dimmed and the orchestra swelled with that familiar music. The audience was hushed, respectful, and appreciative of the performers on stage and in the pit as the show proceeded at a very fast pace. Before we realized it, an hour had passed.
The last part of the show is very touching, very emotional and will likely leave many in tears as it did in that auditorium on Saturday. A beautiful love story and tragedy.
I honestly would have gone simply for the live orchestra. They sounded fantastic, and I love the music to the show. I was also seriously impressed with the show, especially the staging. Having worked in theatre a bit in high school and college, I know enough about sets and lighting to appreciate a good job, just not enough to actually do the work. LOL.
All in all, it was a great finish to a beautiful day. The nearly three hour production left us both thankful for a fine show, but tired and ready for the walk back to the car on a pleasant spring evening in Richmond.
This production of Les Miserables will be touring the country for most of the year. I hope you get a chance to see it if it comes near you. But, don't ask Cubby to help if you don't know the story...at least not until the end of it.
This is Richmond Times Review of the show.