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The cast is nearly all excellent, including Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Norm Lewis as Javert, Matt Lucas as Thénardier, Jenny Galloway as Madame Thénardier (reprising her role from 1995), and Katie Hall as Cosette. Teen pop star Nick Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers) seems to have been cast as Marius for box-office appeal, however. Though he has the right look and hits the right notes, his voice is weak compared to the rest of the cast and throughout the show he seems to wear the same look of earnest worry, eyes fixed on the horizon as if reading a teleprompter. After playing Eponine in the 1995 concert, Lea Salonga is now Fantine, and while she sings well, the part really calls for more vocal power. Comparing the 1995 concert and 2010, the newer one has superior audio and video, but the earlier one has the stronger cast top to bottom, anchored by many of the legendary performers who helped make Les Mis the sensation it still is today. In acknowledgment of that, after the final scene of the 2010 concert ends, many of the original cast members enter the stage for a thrilling encore. "Bring Him Home" unites original Valjean Colm Wilkinson with John Owen-Jones, Simon Bowman, and Alfi Boe, then Michael Ball, Frances Ruffelle, Alun Armstrong, and others join the cast for "One Day More." (It's hard not to be moved when Ball looks around the stage and sings his line, "My place is here, I fight with you.") Producer Cameron Mackintosh and authors Boublil, Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer all address the crowd before a throng of student performers (appropriate, no?) comes on stage to close the nearly three-hour evening. --David Horiuchi
I was unhappy with my purchase. It is only an onstage dressed performance of the performers singing in front of microphones. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Patricia
Who does not love Les Mis. This was a wonderful DVD. I love the movie version also.Published 10 days ago by Kathie
If you loved the musical (Stage, not the movie) you will love this... I was entranced when I saw it the first time on PBS and have watched it many times since then. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jim
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AC-3 is a sound format so it should work fine on American Region 1 DVD players.
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I have the bluray and love it. I was going to try to watch it on PBS tonight, but dear hubby said he was afraid he was going to overdose on it, then start dreading it every time he hears those first few opening notes. So we'll see. I don't want to OD either!
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YES! I'm glad I'm not the only one to hear that! Specifically it is the violin part from Comfortably Numb and it's more in the background. The part in Les Mis is more prominent. I think they are the same chord progression as well.
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