Les Mis Fans ~ Keep An Eye Out During PBS Pledge Break Times

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by AragornElessar, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. The Accordion

    The Accordion Well-Known Member

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    ? Didn't sing because he just finished performing? I don't get it? Performers do 2 shows in one day regularly.
     
  2. ngcskate

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    That does seem really strange, unless he strained his voice or was saving it because he had another performance later in the day.
     
  3. UGG

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  4. Wyliefan

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    Wow, her daughter looks so much like her. Beautiful girl.
     
  5. Gazpacho

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    I finally found clips of the 25th anniversary Gavroche that haven't been removed for copyright. Check out the lil dude--that's what you call star quality! His "long live us" makes me :lol: and :rollin:

    ETA: Here's another partial clip of Gavroche. Love it!!

    I also loved the reprise of One Day More, though it's clear that several of the original cast members don't sound the way they did 25 years ago. Also, what was Frances Ruffelle wearing?! Rebecca Caine seemed to enjoy it in particular. Look how excited she gets when the Thenardier's do their bit.

    Also love the look on Ramin's face when it sinks in that he's signing alongside his idol, Colm Wilkinson. Ramin was at his best--even better than in the show itself. I think he upped his game upon realizing that he was up against Michael Ball rather than Nick Jonas :p
     
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  7. UGG

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    Did you see this comment on the youtube video?

    LMAO.

    And no one should ever play Marius except Michael Ball IMO. No one else does that role justice. I never understood going from Michael Ball in the London production, to that awful David Bryant on the Broadway production. He was so horrible to listen to. Was he someone's relative???
     
  8. victoriaheidi

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    Her daughter is a singer as well (I haven't read the article; they may totally address her in there) with a platinum hit called "Pack Up." I'm a huge Eliza Doolittle fan!
     
  9. Kruss

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    I agree about Michael Ball. But if you mean right after the first London run, Michael left the production due to some anxiety-type issues - he didn't do shows for awhile. I think (though I'm not positive of the timing) that one of his returns to the stage was as Raoul in the second London company of Phantom, after Crawford, et al., went to New York.
     
  10. Gazpacho

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    Upon re-watching it, I don't think Norm Lewis is more effortless than Philip Quast, as I had originally thought, based on their vocal power. Norm sounds a bit more powerful, but I think it's purely because his voice is lower. Both are fantastic.

    And I'm even more in love with Alfie's voice. I dare you to watch this video and not love Alfie's voice. (And also John Owen Jones, Simon Bowman, and Colm Wilkinson, though Colm has lost a bit from age.)

    I finally saw the clip of Earl Carpenter as the bishop. He was perfect, sooo much better than the freaky bishop in the 10th anniversary edition. Very gentle, very earnest.
     
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  11. sk8sue

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  12. Holley Calmes

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    Oh my! I got misty too!
     
  13. Wyliefan

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    So did I! It looks REALLY good!
     
  14. cruisin

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    Sk8sue, thank you for finding and posting that.
     
  15. skatesindreams

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    You aren't alone!
    Now, I'm really looking forward to this.
     
  16. Gazpacho

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    Anne Hathaway's singing in that trailer gets me a bit nervous about the vocals. Hugh Jackman, Samantha Barks, and Aaron Tveit are proven musical theater talents, but the rest aren't.

    She is, or at least was, a better singer than Crowe, based on what I've heard. If that's her "I Dreamed a Dream", then what is Crowe's "Stars" like?
     
  17. cruisin

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    I got the impression that she was going for less vocal quality and more acting/emotion of a dying woman. She has a better voice than that. But, who knows?
     
  18. my little pony

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    :slinkaway

    at least it looks nice
     
  19. pollyanna

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    Ditto. I got goosebumps.

    I had the same reaction as cruisin, that she was going for the emotion, rather than vocal purity. I wonder if that how Hooper directed it? Still, we haven't heard the entire song, so we'll see.
     
  20. Gazpacho

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    The two aren't mutually exclusive, as great musical theater actresses have demonstrated.

    The experienced musical theater actors will be bringing their best voices, so I hope the contrast in quality doesn't sound jarring. In the Phantom of the Opera movie, not only was Gerald Butler unqualified as a singer, but Patrick Wilson was so much better that it was jarring. Oh well, yet another reason to root for Valjean over Javert :)

    The artistic visuals look beautiful.
     
  21. jenny12

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    Although Anne Hathaway doesn't have the most powerful voice, I thought she did a great job capturing the emotion of the song and I was moved. Obviously you can't tell everything from a trailer, but it got me really excited to see the film. I think Hugh Jackman will be brilliant.
     
  22. cruisin

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    No, they are not. And as much as I love I Dreamed a Dream, and the power in the voices that have sung it on stage. I think that Hathaway may be giving it a different twist. That Fantine was depressed and ill, and not up to a power ballad. Or, Hathaway is just not up to the level of power that we're used to hearing with that song. I don't know.
     
  23. my little pony

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    i thought she sounded like she had a head cold in the high parts
     
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  25. Gazpacho

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    She also did a very nice job at a tribute to Meryl Streep. http://youtu.be/rV7ZD9Gvf_Q

    As pleasant as her voice is, it's not suited for musical theater like Les Miserables. However, the director worked around that by having her sing the song after she's sold her hair, from what I've read. In the musical, the song is sung after she gets fired from the factory, before she becomes ill. She's in despair but not broken down and ill. The movie version, however, moves the song to after she's completely broken and ill.

    Very smart way to work around her vocal limitations!

    Really looking forward to Hugh Jackman's performance. While I'm not expecting Alfie Boe's voice, Jackman does have the singing chops and I imagine can adapt well. The role of Valjean was originally written for a baritone, but when they found Colm Wilkinson, they wanted him so much for the role that they re-wrote it! Also very excited to see/hear Samantha Barks.

    Most curious about the movie's Marius. He'll inevitably be compared to an impossibly high standard (Michael Ball) and a low standard (Nick Jonas). My guess is that it'll fall somewhere in between. The movie will be a complete disaster if he's not even as good as Jonas.
     
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  26. Kruss

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    Saw this today - absolutely cannot wait! I think it's going to be really good.
     
  27. Holley Calmes

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    Yes, Mr. Jackman does have the singing chops.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC7Hci7Tc4I

    I'm not a voice expert by any means, but it works for me! Not to mention how pretty he is....;)

    I did read long ago that he studied opera in Vienna while he was on location filming "Van Helsing" in preparation for The Boy From Oz. I think. I know I read he was training with an opera coach in prep for something on Broadway.

    Anyone ever seen his "Inside the Actor's Studio" interview? :rollin:
     
  28. skatesindreams

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  29. cruisin

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    I was lucky enough to see Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, He was incredible. He captured Peter Allen perfectly. I was also fortunate to have seen Peter Allen live, twice. He was an incredible shaman, Im sure he was smiling down on Jackman when he portrayed Allen. Allen died far too young, from AIDS.
     
  30. Gazpacho

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    Here is a clip of him singing a song that's closer to the Les Mis style. He's not Alfie Boe, but he's more than qualified for the role.

    That's why I'm worried about the contrast between him and Crowe. One of the reasons Nick Jonas sounded bad is that he was singing alongside glorious powerful voices, and that made his weakness more apparent.