Monday, December 13, 2010

Musicals Monday

Flipping channels one Sunday after church, my family came across this performance.  Thus began our love for this production!

On October 8, 1995, the show celebrated its tenth anniversary with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. This Tenth Anniversary Concert is nearly "complete," missing only a handful of scenes, including "The Death of Gavroche" and the confrontation between Marius and the Thénardiers at the wedding feast. Sir Cameron Mackintosh hand-selected the cast, which has come to be called the Les Misérables Dream Cast, assembling cast members from around the world. The concert concluded with seventeen Valjeans from various international productions singing, "Do You Hear the People Sing?" in their native languages.

The concert cast included Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, Philip Quast as Javert, Paul Monaghan as the Bishop of Digne, Ruthie Henshall as Fantine, Hannah Chick as Young Cosette, Jenny Galloway as Madame Thénardier, Alun Armstrong as Thénardier, Adam Searles as Gavroche, Michael Maguire as Enjolras, Michael Ball as Marius, Judy Kuhn as Cosette, Lea Salonga as Éponine, and Anthony Crivello as Grantaire.

Eponine falls in love, as most romantics do, with the high-class Marius, of whom she makes a friend. Yet, Marius does not love her back; instead, he falls for Cosette and passes up the neglected Eponine as if he did not notice that she was there.

"On My Own" is the song Eponine sings about her love for Marius.

Jealous of Cosette, Eponine sets up a way for both she and Marius to be killed at the barricades so that their souls may be together in heaven (thus, Cosette cannot have Marius and he could belong to Eponine). But in a moment of true love, Eponine risks her life at the muzzle of a musket in order to save Marius, realizing that he loves Cosette and not her and saving Marius' happiness. Cosette has a happy ending; Eponine never does.

"A Little Fall Of Rain" is Eponine's final song, as she dies in Marius' arms.

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