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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Les Miserables Singapore @ Esplanade Theatre

1 Esplanade Drive, The Esplanade,Singapore 038981
Tel: 6828 8377

Les Miserables is a blockbuster musical performance that needs no introduction, having enthralled the world since 1980, underwent various productions and dazzled the world despite various versions and languages.

Set in 19th century backdrop during revolutionary France, and based on the life-touching classic by Victor Hugo, this musical brings its audience through an emotional roller coaster - from rage to happiness to heartbreak, portraying the lives and dreams of different people.

The current version by Cameron Mackintosh is made up of the following crew:

Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean
Earl Carpenter as Javert
Patrice Tipoki as Fantine
Cameron Blakely as Thenardier
Helen Walsh as Madame Thenardier
Kerrie Anne Greenland as Eponine
Emily Langridge as Cosette
Chris Durling as Enjolras
Paul Wilkins as Marius

An overview of the inside of the theater from the top

While the story steals one's heart easily, packaging a very moving story that reflects life during that period, I very much loved the settings as well. Effects and props were very realistic - thanks to technological advancement - it was easy to lose oneself in the scenes that unfolded and being transported back in time rather literally. I could easily imagine myself on those streets with the characters, in the woods with Eponine or even witness the barricade in person.

The vocals were quite beautiful as well - crystal, synchronized and moving, pleasing to the ears and piercing the soul so gently. I can definitely understand why this was and still is a hit, and I would love to watch it again.

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