les miserable review

first time in my life, i went to see the broadway show “les miserable” today. longest running show in the world. “phantom of the opera” is the longest running show on broadway, new york.

now for the review. the whole story is about this one person named, Jean Valjean, known in prison only by his prisoner number, 24601, who was shown grace by a priest. that act touched him and throughout the plot, we see him in turn demonstrating grace in profound ways. the play is taken from a novel written by victor hugo.

though i read that the show was musical, i kinda thought it was actually a play with quite some number of songs. wrong! its literally a musical. 99% of the script was musical. the accompanying music was awesome with all the horns, brasses, strings and timpanis, though sometimes drowning the vocals (and did i say all the vocals were awesome??). the stage setting was awesome and set appropriately to the early 19th century feel. i think the lighting people needed to do better. when the actors moved, the lights did not perfectly light them.

i sat in the middle of the last row in the mezzanine.  the view was perfect from here. i advise to sit away from the orchestra section for 2 reasons. non elevated view and plus the music might be a little too loud there. there were about 1000+ people today. probably being a friday evening. most of the people were dressed up a bit. and i guess other than 2 more, i was the only indian there. and probably the youngest too.

when buying a ticket, do a search on the internet. you might find promo codes. i bought it for $75, including the 6.50 for service charge and 1.50 for something else. sheesh! didnt think about doing the search. later on when it struck me, i saw that i could get premium seats for that price. anyways, i wish the show was less expesive. other than that, everything else was pretty nice. the story plot especially. would i go again to watch “les miserables”? hmm.. i think i will (if i get the tickets cheaper though!)


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