November 2019 in Review

Now it’s December, and that means it is time to highlight the memories of November.

November 3rd was when I saw Les Mis when my mom. It was my 2nd time with the US Tour, but this time I saw it in Charlotte, my hometown. It did have a similar cast, but the cast was slightly different (both years were home to Josh Davis (Javert), Jillian Butler (Cosette), Joshua Grosso (Marius), Matt Shingledecker (Enjolras), and Allison Guinn (Madame Thenardier). In addition, I saw the musical at a different theater- Ovens Auditorium. The post below explains the show more in detail- I did end up with an understudy for Jean Valjean: It was going to be Nick Cartell, but I got Andrew Maughan instead. The tears flowed, and the laughter was there: that is what I want in Les Mis. So 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019 were all the years I saw the stage show of Les Mis: this would make the 6th time I saw the stage show. Well, I am still not sick and tired of the musical.

Ovens Auditorium-Les Mis


  • Well, December is a month I always look forward to every single year. The Christmas songs, the lights, the spirit, the decorating, etc…. Christmas is my favorite holiday. My favorite Christmas services are Lessons and Carols and The Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. I may be a millennial, but my favorite holiday movie is A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version), and watching that movie is tradition in my family to watch. I was raised watching A Christmas Carol, and that is where part of my love for the story began- and where much of my love for Charles Dickens came from- a tradition that began quite a long time ago. Just saying- December is one of the most wonderful times of the year.

8 thoughts on “November 2019 in Review

  1. Sounds like you had an amazing November – so cool that you were able to watch the Les Mis US Tour so many times!! Same, if I were you I would never get sick of it. Were you able to get their signatures? I love Christmas as well, would probably be my second favourite holiday after Mid-Autumn Festival (it’s a Chinese festival)!


    • No- Ovens Auditorium is a tough theater to get signatures from; the stage door goes straight into the main parking lot.

      You know you are not sick and tired of a musical if you still are emotionally connected- Les Mis will always make me an emotional wreck: I will never be immune to it- the beginning usually begins at “I Dreamed a Dream”


    • My first full experience of Les Mis was in 2012 on vacation in Florida in the movie theater. I honestly did not want to go- I was unsure coming in. I did not know Les Mis was a tragedy- so after realizing that, I was shocked and confused. At the end, I left with “Do you Hear the People Sing” stuck in my head.

      I did not know if I liked the musical or not. Despite not knowing- for whatever reason, I decided to research the musical either a few days or a week after or a few weeks after.

      Early 2013- I decided to give the film a 2nd chance. I was able to calm down knowing Les Mis was tragic and that heartbreak was in there. I slowly began to realize there was something special about the musical. Les Mis- by summer 2013, I was obsessed: well, saw the film (who knows how many times). I have seen the the stage show six times and seen the 25th anniversary concert. I have listened to the soundtrack (who knows how many times as well).

      Usually in a musical- I can pick my favorite song, but in Les Mis I cannot even choose. Les Mis makes me an emotional wreck in ways I can’t even describe

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  2. Les Miz is definitely a show that never gets old! It’s definitely a show I want to catch whenever I have the opportunity; hopefully my next opportunity will come around sometime soon! It’s hard to believe that it’s already December but I’m definitely ready for it! The holiday season is in full swing and that’s always a nice thing to look forward to!


  3. I saw Les Mes almost 15 years ago at the Fox theatre in St. Louis. Well, at least I think 15ish years ago. Either way, a long ways back. It was amazing!! One of my absolute favorites. I’m so glad you were able to go! 😊


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