It began with a friend singing the songs in the sixth form common room, then playing me the Youtube videos of the 25th Anniversary Concert.
By the time the film came out in 2012, I knew most of the songs and had a rough idea of the story, thanks to Wikipedia.
And shortly after watching the film (I'm talking the time it took to get a taxi back from the cinema and open up my iTunes account), I'd downloaded the 10th Anniversary Concert soundtrack to my iPod. It still makes up the majority of my 'most played' tracks...
This Christmas my sister and I were treated to a pair of tickets for the Boxing Day performance... and it did not disappoint. It was so good all I wanted to do was sing along (if I could actually sing, anyway).
There is almost no let up as scene after scene is sung by incredible performers to beautiful live music.
The costumes, scenery, everything just comes together and draws you into the story. At one point I found myself willing the interval to come just so that it wouldn't be over too soon! I don't have the greatest concentration span in the world (which is why you can name nearly any film and I won't have seen it), but I desperately didn't want this show to come to an end.
The musical has also given me a new-found respect for the film. I expected the cinema version to pale in comparison to the live stage performance, but actually the film conveys all the same passion and emotion as the musical. The biggest difference between the two for me, is how I felt about some of the characters.
I was never much of a fan of Fantine when she was played by Anne Hathaway, by on stage played by Rachelle Ann Go I found her a lot more likeable.
On the other hand, I preferred the film version of Cosette (played by Amanda Seigfried) than the one in the stage performance (Zoe Doano). Not necessarily because of the acting, but I think the cinema version allows the audience closer to Cosette than the stage version.
Overall, I'm so pleased that I finally made it to see Les Mis and wouldn't hesitate to go again!
Have you seen Les Misérables? Any other recommendations for me?
Les Misérables plays at the Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London