I can’t wait for December 25. Not JUST because it’s Christmas, but because it’s the day that Les Miserables opens in theaters nationwide.
My fondness for Les Mis runs incredibly deep within me. It was the first musical soundtrack I ever owned. I had it memorized within a week and went around singing Castle on a Cloud and On My Own for months on end. I knew…just knew…that someday I would play Eponine on Broadway. In 8th grade Ensemble, I sang Bring Him Home with a few other girls. Tears still stream down my face every time I hear it.
Alas, I didn’t make it to Broadway, and even in the spirit of “you can always make dreams come true” I am too old for Eponine now. I could play Fantine though and that would suit me just fine. In fact, when I took voice lessons a few years back (pre-kids) I studied I Dreamed a Dream and would belt that from my staircase (when no one was home.)
I’ve seen the show on stage at least four times and I’ll see it again whenever it comes to town. My nerves are tightly wound for the movie, as I’m just not sure if it will cut it. The reviews seem wonderful and so far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the trailers. I want it to be amazing, spectacular, and I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed.
If it’s as wonderful as the critics are saying, then I will own it the second it comes out on DVD. And then this musical theater lover can watch it anytime she wants!
(Insert jazz hands here.)