If you love musical theater, you have already seen it. If musical theater is not your thing – this musical will change your mind. My favorite musical, Les Misérables (The Miserable Ones), has been seen by more than 70 million people in 43 countries and is performed in 22 languages around the globe – and it’s still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 30th year.
Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables is written from the premise that any man can rise above his circumstances to reach perfection. The plot of the novel is suspenseful from start to finish; it follows both Jean Valjean’s and society’s struggles with good and evil. It’s universal appeal was probably why it was the most talked about novel in the history of publishing when it came out in 1862. Hugo expertly summarizes the story’s framework:
“The book which the reader has before him at this moment is, from one end to the other, in its entirety and details … a progress from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsehood to truth, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from corruption to life; from bestiality to duty, from hell to heaven, from nothingness to God. The starting point: matter, destination: the soul. The hydra at the beginning, the angel at the end.”
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Terry Smith teaches piano and voice privately in the Phoenix, AZ area and online anywhere using an innovative approach called "PLAY NOW!"