One of the most famous musicals is Les Mis and currently on tour in the US. As many know, I have a strong love for the show. It is tragic and inspiring; full of epic, passionate, powerful, and emotional songs; and characters to love. I am emotionally connected to most of the characters. There is a reason this musical is the sensation it is. This was my 7th time seeing the stage show- it was my 5th theater I saw it in.
- Valjean- Nick Cartell
- Javert- Preston Truman Boyd
- Fantine- Haley Dortch
- Cosette- Addie Morales
- Eponine- Christine Heesun Hwang
- Marius- Gregory Lee Rodriguez
- Enjolras- Devin Archer
- Thenardier- Matt Crowle
- Madame Thenardier- Christina Rose Hall
This was my 2nd time with Nick Cartell as Valjean. Like Greenville in 2017, he was fantastic. He had an incredible dynamic with Preston Boyd as Javert. He was able to connect to Hazel Vogel’s Young Cosette. Nick was just as strong as he was during “Bring Him Home”, one of Valjean’s strongest spiritual moments. It truly stood out. I could clearly see Valjean’s transformation trough Nick.
Preston Truman Boyd had a strong voice as Javert. His dynamic with Nick Cartell was strong, but he still struggled for me to find common ground or sympathy. Javert is one of the hardest characters to get that connection with. For me, his strongest moment was during “Stars”. Yes, I saw his struggle during “Javert’s Suicide”, but didn’t feel it- this is one of those moments you are supposed to feel sympathy for him.
Like with any Fantine, I was emotional during “I Dreamed a Dream”. That is the song where I usually start becoming an emotional wreck. She was able to show the heartbreak of her struggle- Fantine has the hardest story to watch unfold. Haley Dortch was wonderful in the role- even during “Come to Me”, she was able to get quieter as the song continued.
Matt Crowle and Christina Rose Hall were hilarious as the Thenardiers. “Master of the House” is always a fun scene to watch. It always has been a funny scene to watch, which provides much-needed comic relief. Matt Crowle was able to show both the comic and villainous side of Thenardier.
On to the love triangle- Addie Morales (Cosette), Gregory Lee Rodriguez (Marius), and Christine Hessun Hwang (Eponine). They were strong when the love triangle started. Even during “A Heart Full of Love”, it was incredible- Gregory Lee Rodriguez did show some awkwardness there and acted like he fell in love for the first time (shown through acting nervous). Once again, towards the end of that song, it was confusing to who to feel for- that is a sign of a strong love triangle.
I felt the unrequited love during “On My Own”, and Christine was amazing at “A Little of Fall of Rain”. “A Little Fall of Rain” is always interesting to see how Marius and Eponine interact- there are so many ways to portray that scene- it usually is my favorite Marius and Eponine moment. What was interesting about the scene this time was noticing some connection between Gavroche and Eponine. I noticed Gavroche’s hurt, and I was surprised he was the one to comfort Marius at the end.
Devin Archer as Enjolras was incredible- literally all Enjolras actors I have seen have been fantastic. I always am able to feel his passion and connection to the students. I also was able to feel the hope and brotherly love the students have. Harrison Fox as Gavroche was incredible.
I saw the 25th anniversary staging. I love the use of the backdrops- it adds more color and more Victor Hugo. With the use of some flaps, you were able to see the vastness of Paris more. I even love the candles used for “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”- it adds a lot more emotion to the song. Like expected, I was an emotional wreck and at times laughing. Les Mis is still epic, passionate, and powerful.