If my eyes are a little red and puffy today it’s only because this weekend I went to see Les Miserables on stage in Portland and I. AM. RUINED.
My aunt and I go to The Theat-ah (pronounced in a grand Transatlantic accent with raised eyebrows) every few months to see the traveling Broadway shows and I’d been looking forward to Les Mis for months. This time I prepared by reading the book, but I didn’t realize how long it was and started too late, and according to my Kindle I’m only 22% finished.
Anyway, we were late getting to the theater (an hour away) but luckily they didn’t wait until intermission to seat us and we were seated on the aisle so we didn’t have to upset anyone. If we would have been in the middle of the row, I would have waited until intermission instead of going through the humiliation of unseating everyone and being shushed and apologetic.
The production was fantastic. I bought a t-shirt. I cried like a baby and kept hoping they wouldn’t turn the lights up too soon at the end because I am a really ugly crier.
Unluckily, however, I missed my favorite part when Fantine sings I Dreamed A Dream. For the last 24 hours I’ve consoled myself with downloading multiple versions of the song from iTunes. Here are my favorites, so far.
Patti Lupone, live in concert. She’s the original Fantine from the London cast. Patti Lupone could sing the alphabet and I’d be mesmerized.
Michael Crawford. Even though this is a song written for a female part and even though I generally prefer women’s voices, Michael Crawford is ah-mazing. He’s THE PHANTOM, after all.
Glee Cast. It may sound cheesy, but when you consider that the two women singing in this version are Broadway powerhouses (Lea Michele: Spring Awakening; Idina Menzel: Wicked, Rent) it all makes sense. Plus, they sing it as a duet which is really lovely.
Susan Boyle. I know, I know.
If I could find a version of this song with Barbra Streisand, I would be in heaven.