June 01, 2010
At one point during my US odyssey Lysistrata and i were sitting around randomly watching some concerts on Youtube and she noticed how in the 10th Anniversary of Les Miserables the characters were on fixed mics and not acting out the scene as is more standard in musical theatre.Â i pointed out how the action was going on in the background.Â I was then asked if this was how all British Musical theatre was and I couldn't come up with a correct answer.Â I remember seeing Cats when i was about 5 and I'm sure there was acting then and the same is true for War of the Worlds but I don't know if that was just something specific to that rendition of Les Mis.
So obviously I joked this was going to cost me a lot of money to find out...
Then today i realised what an old fart I am now...this year is Les miserables 25th Anniversary in the UK.Â 25th??!!! That's SO Unfair.Â I can't be that old!! Wait a minute....*mumbles something about "carry the 3"*......bugger me :(
But anyway, I can't miss that can I?Â Plus the Salford performances (i.e. the ones I can get to which aren't in London) occur a week after my 28th birthday.Â Seems like a fine present to myself.Â I'm going to see when War of the Worlds is next in town too as, combined with Les Mis, they are the 2 enduring Musical pieces from my childhood.Â I've never actually seen the whole of Phantom/Evita or many of the other Lloyd Weber classics and my favourite off-broadway musical, The Last 5 Years, is not currently being performed anywhere within reach so that'll have to wait.
EDIT: Update, I have now booked my seat for 19th August @ 19:30 in Salford....YES I BUY ON IMPULSE!!