Opening night of LES MISÉRABLES was phenomenal. The audience was impressed with talented vocals, musical arrangement and visual performances at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Tuesday evening. This show runs until Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Vancouver and is a show you don’t want to miss!
My boyfriend and I attended last night’s opening night of the production and it was spectacular! Even if you are not familiar with this tale, the production is accessible and takes you through the journey of Jean Valjean from criminal with no options to mayor and successful businessman, to savior and protector out to fulfill a promise to an old factory worker (Fantine, played by Mary Kate Moore). The back and forth between Valjean and Javert, played by Josh Davis, through the years was a believable game of cat and mouse that kept us interested the entire time.
The show was filled with entertaining favourite songs for those familiar with the production or movie. For for me “Master of those House” and “Lovely Ladies” was most upbeat and fun, while numbers such as “On My Own” and “Bring Him Home” pulled on my heart strings and had the entire audience in awe. Nick Cartell absolutely nailed the performance and people behind me even hollered loudly afterwards they were so impressed.
The casting is absolutely perfect for this production and the children were very talented as well. Young Cosette, played by Elsa Avery Dees and Sophie Knapp, who alternate as young Eponine, were darling on stage. Gavroche, the young lad who “runs the town” shows that “Little People” can make a difference, though that song is not included he has many lines that offer homage to it. While the leads all amaze audiences with their vocals and emotion, upbeat performances by J Anthony Crane as ‘Thénardier’ and Allison Guinn as ‘Madame Thénardier’ were incredibly hilarious offering comedic relief in an otherwise serious and heart-wrenching story.
I have to add that The Bishop of Digne, played by Andrew Maughan, was another stand out for me. Even in the ensemble he stood out with a massive boisterous voice.
The costumes were intricate and stunning, I especially enjoyed The Thénardiers’ outfits for the wedding in “Beggars at the Feast” which were loud and colourful, perfectly fitting for the troublesome twosome crashing the party.
Set design was clever with screening and moving buildings. The escape through the sewer tunnels was done cleverly with smoke and moving tunnels to replicate the journey through the tunnels. I also really enjoyed the barricade war scene with loud gun shots and smoke. It gave the feeling of being behind the barricade with the revolutionaries as the army approaches.
Overall, this was an enjoyable performance with vocals that shot goosebumps up my arms and brought the crowd to their feet in appreciation. You can’t deny the talent of these actors and the show comes together so marvelously you will regret missing it while it is in town. Check out the souvenirs as well, I almost grabbed myself a Prisoner 24601 tee and regret not doing so!
Performance dates: JULY 10 – 15, 2018
Where: THE QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE
Ticket prices start at $30.50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.ca, or call 1-855-985-5000
Broadway Across Canada Subscribers can visit BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca or call 1-866-542-7469.
LES MISÉRABLES is part of the Broadway Across Canada 18/19 Broadway Season and will run July 17 – 22, 2018 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.