Our PBS East station on our dish is the Detroit one and it's Pledge Time!! Since it's when we usually get some awesome concert specials shown, I checked out the on air guide yesterday afternoon to see what was on last night. To my delight, starting at 7 was...
Les Miserables ~ The 25th Silver Anniversary Concert from the O2 Arena in London
It's four hours w/the various breaks for pledge requests and all that, but what an enjoyable four hours it is. The guy who plays Jean Valjean in this is *amazing*!! His first name is Alfie, but I never did catch his last name. Regardless, I now have a brand new all time favourite performance of Bring Him Home thanks to watching this last night.
Also the character of Fantine is played by Lea Salgona (Sorry for the butchering of that), which was a lovely surprise since I haven't heard much from her the last few years. She did a wonderful job of I Dreamed A Dream too. Which I'm rather jealous over. That is the one song I just can't sing for some odd reason. Never fails, I'll be doing okay w/it and then I go off key and can't get it back. Drives me nuts!!
The Encore though...Now that's one heck of a treat, as the Original Cast from 1985 comes on stage and there's some *very* special performances to close the Concert.
My only complaint is we're still trying to get the new DVR hooked up and working, so I wasn't able to get this on DVD last night.
Anyway...Since I know some areas are just starting their Pledge Periods or it's coming up fast for their PBS Stations, I thought I'd post a Heads Up about this. Really do try to catch this, as it's just a wonderful, wonderful way to spend an evening if you're a Les Mis fan like me.