25th Anniversary of Les Misérables Is Not to Be Les Missed
|Ladies of the Night|
I love it when theater companies take a classic and really re-vamp the hell out of it. If you think you have seen Les Misérables, I assure you, you have not seen it like this. Inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, Cameron Mackintosh presents a 25th anniversary production of the timeless musical. Using the imagination of Hugo's art, and bringing it to life on the stage, you are transported to Hugo's vision of 19th-century France. The sets were dazzling, one even taking the form of a boat on the rough seas.
This production, part of a national tour, is an intense ride, filled with the sadness, anger, hilarity, and love. For those who've never seen Boublil and Schönberg's legendary musical, Les Misérables, which loosely translates to "the poor" or "the wretched," it's not exactly a pick-me-up. Indeed, part of what transfixes us to the stage from the beginning to the end is the heart-wrenching sadness and wickedness of its characters.
This play's themes of discrimination based on class, sex, and social status are sadly not so different from the problems many face today, which is perhaps a testament to Les Miz's timeliness.
Watch a teaser trailer of the musical below:---
Vanessa L. Pinto (aka Fleur De Lis SF) documented a year of her sex life on her blog Whatever You Desire. She also blogs for the Huffington Post and is a contributing writer with Whore! Magazine. She has a degree in political science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.