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

Ah yes. Les Misérables, my all time favourite 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 favourites:

Favourite Soundtracks
1. Complete Symphonic Recording. I know this recording does not have most of my favourite 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.

Sutton Foster.

Favourite Cast (Performers I’ve Seen Live in US and UK):
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

 Do you have any favourites?