The new Broadway revival of Les Miserables is like eating a big steak at a fancy restaurant and then having lots of dessert!
The meat is that exquisite, timeless and iconic score by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer. A steak cooked properly is always tasty! And this Les Miserables is juicy!
The dessert is some phenomenal performances!
The men RULE this production!
Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean gives one of the best performances we have EVER seen in the theater! His voice is so unreal we thought they may have been using live autotune or a ton of reverb. They don't. His voice is just THAT GOOD! Such an awe-inspiring instrument!!!!!! And his acting was superb as well!
Will Swenson makes you forget all about Russell Crowe as Javert. He was so convincing, it was as if he was born to play this part!
Andy Mientus is every bit the heartthrob as Marius. He has the face and voice of an angel! The audience just falls in love with him! Great singing, great acting and we need to mention great looking again! Cuz he is!
And Gaten Matarazzo as Gavroche is just equal parts cute, insanely talented and heartbreaking!
Kudos to Keala Settle for being the standout woman as Madame Thenardier. In addition to her big voice she brought her big comedic chops and brought some much-needed levity to the show! So funny!
Directors Laurence Connor and James Powell did a fabulous job of making the show different enough from the original but not messing with it too much to screw up a really good thing.
This production feels epic but also has some truly beautiful intimate moments too!
And congrats, as well, to Christopher Jahnke, Stpehen Metcalfe and Stephen Booker for their great new orchestrations.
A big round of applause and a standing ovation!!!