A to Z Challenge: Les Miserables Favorites

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Les Mis, 3rd US National Tour. Photo by Joan Marcus.


Ah yes. Les Misérables, my all-time favorite musical that I religiously followed through high school and college spending my pocket money on seeing the 3rd National Tour numerous times. At one point I could have quoted the entire musical to you. In fact, I was lucky enough to see many Broadway actors just before they found fame on Broadway and the West End including Sutton Foster as Eponine, Sierra Boggess in the ensemble, Benjamin Davis in the ensemble, Marissa McGowan in the ensemble, and Aymee Garcia as Mme. Thénardier.

Since I am going to take a wild guess and presume most anyone reading my blog has seen or heard or read Les Mis I will divert from my usual synopsis and share favorites:

Favorite LES MISERABLES Soundtracks

1. Complete Symphonic Recording. I know this recording does not have most of my favorite performers but after all the numerous cuts here and there including the gorgeous “Turning” it is a must-have in any fan’s collection.

2. Original London Recording. Again this is a must-have for a chance to hear the show before all those dreadful cuts. Highlights include “I Saw Him Once” (beautiful!!!!!!!) and the chance to hear Roger Allam (better known now as DI Thursday in Endeavour) as Javert.

Favorite Cast Members of Les Miserables (Performers I’ve Seen Live with the 3rd National Tour and on the West End):

Sutton Foster.

Jean Valjean: Randal Keith (US: Ivan Rutherford, John Owen-Jones)
Javert: Robert Hunt (US: Stephen Bishop)
Fantine: Joan Almedilla (US: Kerry Ellis)
Eponine: Melissa Lyons (US: Sutton Foster)
Marius: Adam Jacobs (US: Tim Howar)
Cosette: Stephanie Waters (US: Leslie Henstock)
Enjolras: Dallyn Vail Bayles (US: Kevin Earley)
Mme. Thenardier: Claire Moore (US: Aymee Garcia)
M. Thenardier: Seth Bowling (US: Barry James)
Factory Girl: Margaret Nichols (US: Linda Pierson Huff)
Grantaire (a character who suffers terribly due to the cuts): Trent Blanton

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  1. Andrea

    April 13, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    At one time I was really into musicals and saw Les Miserables in Budapest. Thanks to catching your post I'm now googling what's on this spring! 🙂

    1. The Joyous Living

      April 13, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      hope you find something to see this spring! 🙂

  2. M.C.V. EGAN

    April 14, 2019 at 1:47 am

    My favorite was your letter C.. Chess. I saw last year, The Band's Visit , Beautiful and Book of Mormon. They were all great in their own way. I guess Wicked no! I saw Chitty, Chitty , Bang, Ban years ago in London and that was WOW… I don't think I can pick a favorite.

    1. The Joyous Living

      April 17, 2019 at 4:28 pm

      did you see Michael Ball in Chitty? That'd be so cool!

  3. Carrie-Anne

    April 14, 2019 at 2:30 am

    I'm pretty sure I've seen a movie version of Les Mis, though I can't recall having seen the actual play. I really should read the book and see the play!

    1. The Joyous Living

      April 17, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      the film with Liam Neeson is a great modern adaptation. His Jean Valjean is fantastic as is the soundtrack.

  4. A Tarkabarka Hölgy

    April 14, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I remember seeing it in Hungarian, back when I was in high school. I love the music 🙂

    The Multicolored Diary

    1. The Joyous Living

      April 17, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      i love hearing musicals in different languages even if i don't understand. so universal.

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