A frustrated singer that I am, I try to watch as many musicals as I can, for every time that I see a play, I daydream that I’m part of the cast singing my heart out. Thus, it takes a lot of will power to stop myself from singing along out loud when a favourite song is being performed.
One of the world’s legendary musicals, Boubill & Schonberg’s The Les Miserables opened its curtains on March 6, 2016 at the Solaire Resort and Casino, Manila. As this is one of my favourite shows I was so sure that I cannot and will not miss it, and so with no prodding needed, my friends and I watched. Luckily, the theatre of Solaire does not require one to sit in the front seats to enjoy the show, meaning you do not have to spend a lot of your hard earned money for leisure watching; in fact you can be at the farthest seat from the stage and still have a wonderful time.
The international cast members include Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean, Earl Carpenter as Javert, Paul Wilkins as Marius, Kerrie Anne Greenland as Eponine, Emily Langridge as Cosette, and our very own Voice Kids Philippines’ finalist Esang De Torres as young Cosette and Search for a Star’s grand champion Rachelle Ann Go as Fantine. I knew Rachelle Ann was a good singer but I was amazed and surprised to witness that she was not only a good singer but a superb one.
The setting of the stage truly brings you to the 19th century revolutionary France. I must say the set and image design is astonishing. The dynamics of the lights and sounds were remarkably amazing. The imagery was vivid and the musical staging pristine.
Truly iconic, everyone was intently watching as soon as the lights opened and the “Prologue – Look Down” began. The audience was captured. I was captivated when Fantine sang “I Dreamed a Dream” and I noticed most ladies in the audience were teary eyed as well. At the end of Act One we were all in awe.