Last night Jose and I went down to see Les Miserables to celebrate my birthday. He got awesome seats on the first row of the mezzanine! They were the best tickets I’ve ever had to a musical. For the first time, I could actually see their faces. You could tell who was singing not because they were in a spotlight but because you could see their mouth moving. It was awesome.
In addition to that, the cast was really quite good. I had been listening to my Broadway recording at home yesterday afternoon, and said to Jose that “oh, maybe I shouldn’t have done that, because the people tonight probably won’t be as good.” But they were excellent across the board. I tried to pick one that sounded weak to me, but couldn’t. Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Marius, Eponine, Cosette…they were all great.
I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen this show now. Probably four or five. But I hadn’t seen it in at least 5 years so it was quite fun.
I think Jose was surprised to discover that I know ALL the words to Les Mis. On the way home, he would say “oh, I liked that song at such-and-such part” and I would immediately start singing it word for word. He said I’m like his own personal CD player.
(When I say I know all the words, my use of the word “all” is not really exaggerated.)