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2012-11-14 10:52:01 AM  
Add me to the category of "SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEwait...Russell Crowe as Javert? That makes me nervous." Used to get half-price tickets to Broadway shows all the time and have seen Les Mis 7 or 8 times over the 2 decade run, and Javert's probably the biggest variable outside of Eponine.

I don't worry about Eponine or Valjean in this one. Hathaway as Fantine seems like a decent call in the transition from theater to cinema, so I'm not too worried about her. Crowe seems like a great dramatic cast for Javert, but I don't want to cringe during The Confrontation or Stars.

/if you can do Confrontation at Karoake with me, you're my friend for life.
 
2012-11-14 10:52:42 AM  

Tyrosine: Without question I'll go see it but I'd prefer a non-musical version with more Victor Hugo and less Andrew Lloyd Webber.

/I don't appreciate serious drama tainted by the artsy foo foo crowd and I rather doubt a musical is what Hugo had in mind when he wrote the book


Don't worry...when I make my film version I'll be sure and insert a 15 minute long documentary on the history of the Paris Sewer system.
 
2012-11-14 10:53:15 AM  

DamnYankees: JokerMattly: DamnYankees: That trailer was the first time I'd heard either Amanda Seyfreid or Eddie Redmayne sing, and I gotta say I really liked the way it sounded.

Agreed. she's a pretty awful actress usually, but her voice is stellar.
I would not have guessed that.

I was more worried about Redmaybe, since Red and Black requires some pipes. He sounds like there' s achance he pulls it off. Cosette doesn't really sing any songs I care about that much.


These are classical pieces from about 10 years ago but yes, he has the pipes.
Eddie starts singing at 1:06 Link
Eddie starts singing at 3:05 Link
 
2012-11-14 10:54:27 AM  

1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



I'll just leave this here.
 
2012-11-14 10:57:45 AM  
I love that they found a part for Colm Wilkinson (the bishop). He just HAD to be in this movie but is obviously too long in the tooth for Valjean.
 
2012-11-14 10:59:06 AM  

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


It's about a man who steals a loaf of bread. Fugitivarity ensues.
 
2012-11-14 10:59:15 AM  

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


Lesbians having a miserable life.

Sad really.
 
2012-11-14 11:00:13 AM  

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


It's about a down-on-his luck LSU football coach who has to sell 2 letter of his last name to survive.
 
2012-11-14 11:04:12 AM  

gunga galunga: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.


I'll just leave this here.


That's awesome!
 
2012-11-14 11:06:10 AM  

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


Redemption.

Love.

Duty.

Honor.

/well, as long as your read the abridged novel or watch the movies
//if you read the original novel it's about 800 pages of backstory about battlegrounds and minor characters that eventually are un-needed
 
2012-11-14 11:14:01 AM  

gunga galunga: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.


I'll just leave this here.


...

Oh my god, that didn't suck!

NPH is totally channeling Phillip Quast in his rendition as well, bonus points for that
 
2012-11-14 11:17:16 AM  

1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.
 
2012-11-14 11:19:34 AM  

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


it's about 3 hours.

/with only 2 songs that they repeat over and over and over, with slightly different lyrics each time
 
2012-11-14 11:19:55 AM  

catmandu: I love that they found a part for Colm Wilkinson (the bishop). He just HAD to be in this movie but is obviously too long in the tooth for Valjean.


i.ytimg.com

Looks like he is about to sneeze.
 
2012-11-14 11:26:46 AM  

simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.


Warning - Virus on that page for me.


/Love Terrence Mann, myself.
 
2012-11-14 11:28:17 AM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: It's always been my favorite number from Les Mis. And it's within my vocal range, too. I've never wanted to play Valjean or Javert, but I would kill for a chance to play M. Thenadier in a small production.


i was offered javert or M. Thenadier in my highschool production. i chose master of the house. 10 years on, its still the best role i ever played.
 
2012-11-14 11:28:23 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: catmandu: I love that they found a part for Colm Wilkinson (the bishop). He just HAD to be in this movie but is obviously too long in the tooth for Valjean.

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Looks like he is about to sneeze.


Oh my Lord, I am old.
 
2012-11-14 11:29:26 AM  

Tax Boy: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

it's about 3 hours.

/with only 2 songs that they repeat over and over and over, with slightly different lyrics each time


web.mit.edu

/hotlinked from the video tab
 
2012-11-14 11:30:06 AM  

Tyrosine: Without question I'll go see it but I'd prefer a non-musical version with more Victor Hugo and less Andrew Lloyd Webber.

/I don't appreciate serious drama tainted by the artsy foo foo crowd and I rather doubt a musical is what Hugo had in mind when he wrote the book


Then your in luck. Andrew Lloyd Webber had nothing to do with Les Mis.
 
2012-11-14 11:34:32 AM  

1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.

Warning - Virus on that page for me.

/Love Terrence Mann, myself.


Really? It's a straight grooveshark link. Sorry - not sure what happened there.
 
2012-11-14 11:38:39 AM  
I've never seen it. It looks depressing as hell.
 
2012-11-14 11:38:47 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: catmandu: I love that they found a part for Colm Wilkinson (the bishop). He just HAD to be in this movie but is obviously too long in the tooth for Valjean.

i.ytimg.com

Looks like he is about to sneeze.


i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-11-14 11:39:44 AM  

simonchvz: 1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.

Warning - Virus on that page for me.

/Love Terrence Mann, myself.

Really? It's a straight grooveshark link. Sorry - not sure what happened there.


No worries! I caught it in time. Could be my piece of cheese virus protection.


/Remember Terrence Mann in the movie Chorus Line? God, that was a bad movie, but I fell in loooooove with him because of that.
 
2012-11-14 11:41:16 AM  

gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.


Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.
 
2012-11-14 11:43:59 AM  

Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?


Aliens invade pre-Revolutionary France. Jean Valjean must embark on a quest for three mystic artifacts which, according to legend, can repel the invaders. He teams up with a ragtag group including his stoic sidekick Javert, lovers Cosette and Eponine, and the smitten Marius to save the planet.

This is apparently a musical adaptation.
 
2012-11-14 11:45:33 AM  

1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation

Can't beat this.



Give me my Terrence Mann as Javert: Link

I in no way find his voice sexy in a kinky domineering kind of way. I'm a perfectly comfortable straight male just going through a phase.

Warning - Virus on that page for me.

/Love Terrence Mann, myself.

Really? It's a straight grooveshark link. Sorry - not sure what happened there.

No worries! I caught it in time. Could be my piece of cheese virus protection.


/Remember Terrence Mann in the movie Chorus Line? God, that was a bad movie, but I fell in loooooove with him because of that.


Poke around YouTube for the video of him as Rum Tum Tugger from Cats. He's like a weird bizzaro world Tim Curry.
 
2012-11-14 11:48:31 AM  

simonchvz: 1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: simonchvz: 1lastcall: 10th Anniversary, Philip Quast (Javert) and Colm Wilkinson (Valjean) ~ The Confrontation
...

Really? It's a straight grooveshark link. Sorry - not sure what happened there.

No worries! I caught it in time. Could be my piece of cheese virus protection.


/Remember Terrence Mann in the movie Chorus Line? God, that was a bad movie, but I fell in loooooove with him because of that.

Poke around YouTube for the video of him as Rum Tum Tugger from Cats. He's like a weird bizzaro world Tim Curry.


Bizarro? Pizzaro? Pizza? Hummus?

/can't spell
 
2012-11-14 11:50:14 AM  

interface2x: gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.

Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.


I would guess the transitions.

Broadway has an after show bowling league and everyone hates playing LM because they don't get to the lanes till midnight.
 
2012-11-14 11:50:51 AM  

ScouserDuck: Geoffery Rush will always be the true Javert.


This
 
2012-11-14 11:51:20 AM  
Well, they did when the show was still running.
 
2012-11-14 11:52:59 AM  

snowshovel: While this does look awesome....it's kind of strange to see people running around singing in hyper-realistic sets with casts of thousands (digital or otherwise). It always seemed like the better filmed musicals played with the notion of that absurdity by either maintaining some semblance of theatrics (Chicago, West Side Story, Moulin Rouge(yes, I know it's a stage-to-film transfer)) or changing things a lot to make it more film-y (Cabaret). Maybe Evita comes the closest to be "singing in realistic settings"? It's been a while since I've watched that movie.


my take on that (having seen a lot of musical movies) is that it can work as either full realism or full escapism- as long as it stays consistent, its fine. Where it fails is when it tries to do some of each. Full realism i define as ones where the characters break out into song and everyone around them treats it like its a normal part of the real world. you see it a lot in the classic musical movies like oklahoma, south pacific, music man, anything goes, etc, etc. Then you have the movies like chicago where everytime they go into the song and dance number it seems to take place in some sort of alternative universe, disconnected from the "real" world that is occuring around it.

where musical movies seem to fall apart is when they can't decide if things are taking place in the real world or the "musical" side world. examples that come to mind are Rent and Evita. both of those movies seemed to alternate at random between the real world aknowledging the singer, and them escaping to the abstract singing world. It makes it hard for the audience to figure out what is happening and when and also which characters are privy to what knowledge.

so i figure, if les mis stcks to its setting, it should work fine
 
2012-11-14 11:56:01 AM  
I still haven't figured out what it is less miserable than.
 
2012-11-14 11:57:32 AM  

Stile4aly: Broktun: I am an illiterate heathen.

What is Les Mis about?

Aliens invade pre-Revolutionary France. Jean Valjean must embark on a quest for three mystic artifacts which, according to legend, can repel the invaders. He teams up with a ragtag group including his stoic sidekick Javert, lovers Cosette and Eponine, and the smitten Marius to save the planet.

This is apparently a musical adaptation.


Goddamnit. You realize that some screenwriter is going to get that passed a big wig executive now that you gave them the idea? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!

/It'll probably star the guy from "Thor" too
 
2012-11-14 12:00:07 PM  

T.M.S.: I would guess the transitions.


They better cut that damn flute/clarinette/WHATEVER solo.
 
2012-11-14 12:00:12 PM  

T.M.S.: Well, they did when the show was still running.


As someone who is actually in theater work what shows do you think made the transition to film well?
 
2012-11-14 12:00:55 PM  
Has anyone told someone to shut up and take their money yet? 'Cause I'd like to get in on that action.
 
2012-11-14 12:05:33 PM  

simonchvz: Poke around YouTube for the video of him as Rum Tum Tugger from Cats. He's like a weird bizzaro world Tim Curry.


Fun fact: Tim Curry was doing Amadeus on Broadway around the same time Terrence Mann was in Barnum. They would frequently have lunch together at Sardi's and get a kick out of all the double takes other people would do.

/not that there's anything wrong with me knowing obscure Broadway trivia
 
2012-11-14 12:12:54 PM  
Link

Instead of the movie I'm just going to watch this clip for 3 hours.
 
2012-11-14 12:18:13 PM  

interface2x: gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.

Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.


"Turning" would be my first guess. Covers the same ground as "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", and I know that song is in the movie.

"Beggars at the Feast" would be another. They're going to want to tighten up the ending and it would disrupt the mood to have a comic reprise of "Master of the House" right before the final scene.

"Drink With Me" is another likely candidate, for pacing issues mainly.
 
2012-11-14 12:18:21 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: SilentStrider: Shut up and take my money.

DamnYankees: I'm so goddamm in.

dudemanbro: It looks fantastic.

propasaurus: Based on the trailers, I have to go see this alone. I'm not sitting there sobbing next to someone.

shower_in_my_socks: Now all of us can be a high school drama geek on a field trip to Broadway.

jodaveki: Can. Not. Wait! ^^

MCStymie: Yeah, I'm gonna go see this.

/Not looking forward to weepin' like a small child.

I really wish I had more to add.

I do know that I am doing my best not to watch/listen to the 10th anniversary cast to give the movie a fair shake. Workin so far as this is probably the first movie I will ever actually go out on Christmas day to see.

/10th anniversary cast is best cast
//at least till Christmas


25th Anniversary cast isn't too shabby either, especially Alfie Boe (I own both).
 
2012-11-14 12:19:43 PM  

NuttierThanEver: T.M.S.: Well, they did when the show was still running.

As someone who is actually in theater work what shows do you think made the transition to film well?


I think the film version of Hedwig is equal to the stage production. And most of the classics are well done of course.

The only "modern" musical stage to film I have seen is Sweeny Todd which I thought was humiliating to nearly everyone involved. I like Depp and Burton's wife just fine but those roles were written for giants and all we got were midgets. SBC and Timothy Spall were good. (Of course)

I bet the casual film goer has seen those two dudes in many roles without ever knowing they were done by the same actors.
 
2012-11-14 12:21:43 PM  

gunga galunga: interface2x: gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.

Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.

"Turning" would be my first guess. Covers the same ground as "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", and I know that song is in the movie.

"Beggars at the Feast" would be another. They're going to want to tighten up the ending and it would disrupt the mood to have a comic reprise of "Master of the House" right before the final scene.

"Drink With Me" is another likely candidate, for pacing issues mainly.


Someone gets cut if Drink With Me is dropped from the film.
 
2012-11-14 12:23:59 PM  

MarkMartinFan: I guess I will retract my vow to never see a film with Sacha Baron Cohen in it.


He's actually quite good when he's not playing one of the characters he's created. Here he is singing in Sweeney Todd.
 
2012-11-14 12:24:04 PM  
I've never seen the girl playing Eponine in anything else, all I have to say is she better be awesome.

I saw Hugh Jackman in Boy from Oz, and he was phenomenal. I have no qualms about him being cast as Valjean. I am a little concerned about Russell Crowe, he's certainly got the attitude for Javert, but whether he can pull off "Stars" is my real question. Anne Hathaway...meh. They could have done better. She did get rave reviews for Viola in Twelfth Night though, so there's that. Amanda Seyfried for Cosette...I know this girl can sing, and I get that she's a decent actor, I just don't find her likable. Maybe she will change my mind, but at this point, I'm disappointed in that.

But overall, and with HBC and SBC playing the Thenardiers, it should be superb. I would have liked it more if they cast actual broadway stars in the show, instead of pulling from the A-List, but hey. They gotta do what they gotta do.
 
2012-11-14 12:27:12 PM  

JFarker131: I've never seen the girl playing Eponine in anything else, all I have to say is she better be awesome.

I saw Hugh Jackman in Boy from Oz, and he was phenomenal. I have no qualms about him being cast as Valjean. I am a little concerned about Russell Crowe, he's certainly got the attitude for Javert, but whether he can pull off "Stars" is my real question. Anne Hathaway...meh. They could have done better. She did get rave reviews for Viola in Twelfth Night though, so there's that. Amanda Seyfried for Cosette...I know this girl can sing, and I get that she's a decent actor, I just don't find her likable. Maybe she will change my mind, but at this point, I'm disappointed in that.

But overall, and with HBC and SBC playing the Thenardiers, it should be superb. I would have liked it more if they cast actual broadway stars in the show, instead of pulling from the A-List, but hey. They gotta do what they gotta do.


Samantha Barks (Eponine) played the role in the 25th Anniversary Concert. She was awesome.
 
2012-11-14 12:31:06 PM  

Bathia_Mapes:

Norm Lewis as Javert in Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary 


That dude is unbelievable. My favorite stage voice. He got his big break in The Who's Tommy because another guy dropped out the night before first rehearsal. Guy had about 10 hours to prepare his mind and get his shiat together. When the cast went around the room stating their name and role he said "I'm Norm Lewis and I'm playing....overwhelmed". Everybody cried of course but that's mostly cause theater people are a bunch of pussies.


A few years later he was pretty well known and stepped into this role without any real perpetration cause the original cast member lost his voice. The guy is a machine.

A New Brain
 
2012-11-14 12:31:58 PM  
Just give the Oscar to Anne Hathaway now, and get it over with.

Yes, I'm calling it. They love when an actor gains, or loses that much weight for a part.
 
2012-11-14 12:32:12 PM  
I hope they release a corresponding video game. The last Les Mis game had a good group of playable characters. I hope they somehow incorporate Robojean into this movie.
 
2012-11-14 12:33:12 PM  

kevinatilusa: Tyrosine: Without question I'll go see it but I'd prefer a non-musical version with more Victor Hugo and less Andrew Lloyd Webber.

/I don't appreciate serious drama tainted by the artsy foo foo crowd and I rather doubt a musical is what Hugo had in mind when he wrote the book

Don't worry...when I make my film version I'll be sure and insert a 15 minute long documentary on the history of the Paris Sewer system.


I actually have seen a documentary on the Paris sewer system and it was quite interesting.

T.M.S.:

Then your in luck. Andrew Lloyd Webber had nothing to do with Les Mis.


Not being a fan of musicals but being bombarded with advertizing for Cats, Phantom, Les Mis, and every other musical that had a run at the Pantages in Toronto over the last 25 years years I just assumed ALW was responsible for all musical theater.
 
2012-11-14 12:33:57 PM  

Stile4aly: gunga galunga: interface2x: gunga galunga: tallguywithglasseson: I'm glad you guys think this looks good because I'm definitely going to get dragged to this.

Be prepared. Depending whether or not they cut a lot out from the show, it may very well run about three hours long.

Last I heard, the movie will be roughly 2.5 hours. What they'll cut to get to that length is the question.

"Turning" would be my first guess. Covers the same ground as "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", and I know that song is in the movie.

"Beggars at the Feast" would be another. They're going to want to tighten up the ending and it would disrupt the mood to have a comic reprise of "Master of the House" right before the final scene.

"Drink With Me" is another likely candidate, for pacing issues mainly.

Someone gets cut if Drink With Me is dropped from the film.


Agreed. Grantaire's my favorite biatcharacter in theater for reasons I can't quite pin down. I'd imagine they probably cut short some of the Cosette/Marius stuff and don't bother doing musical setups for the attacks on the barricade. Also, I haven't seen Gavroche in any of the trailers - maybe they cut his role? I'd be sad, but accepting of that. Although his coda to Stars is awesome.
 
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