Les Misérables had inventive plot

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The DVD of “Les Misérables” has been sitting on my bookshelf, still wrapped in the plastic, since my mom gave it to me this past Christmas.

She raved on and on about how I would enjoy this musical set in the 1800s and how it was one of her favorites.

Photo courtesy of Deen Van Meer The company of ‘Mary Poppins’ sings the timeless song, ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’

And after seeing the live performance at Popejoy Hall this past week, I’m kicking myself for not listening.

This musical performance describes how life has knocked one man down and turned him into a bitter, angry individual, which he changes after a bishop reminds him of the kindness the world holds.

Jean Valjean’s, the lead character in “Les Misérables,” takes him on a roller coaster ride after promising to be a renewed man, such as being chased by police for the duration of his life for breaking parole and changing his name to Monsieur Madeleine to start his new life, promising his dying employee he would take care of her illegitimate child, fighting in a revolution along the streets of Paris and confessing to his daughter, Cosette, on her wedding day, his true identity.

This version of the Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s legendary musical, “Les Misérables,” is an inspirational story attesting to the struggles Valjean faced and how through it all he kept moving forward as a kind man.

On top of the inventive plot, the three-hour performance features innovational scenery and original staging on top of an amazing orchestra.

This 25th anniversary production, by Cameron Mackintosh, will entrance audiences to become one of their favorite musicals.


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