Les Miserables

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Review: Dallas Summer Musicals' Les Miserables

May 01, 2018 - 9:08 am
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Les Miserables Review: by Jimmy “The Saint” Christopher

No matter how many times one has seen Les Miserables, you are awestruck with every performance. 

Such is the case with the latest DSM presentation of “Lay Miz.”  The revamped Tony Award-winning musical, based on Victor Hugo’s novel, at Fair Park Music Hall is dark, spiritually deep, spectacular, uplifting and riveting. 

Enough can’t be said about the marvelous direction by Laurence Connor and James Powell.  The staging, design, lighting, costuming and sound are truly magnificent.

The non-stop score for one of the greatest musicals ever includes beloved and powerful numbers. “Bring Him Home” is still in my head and drew many tears from the audience.  There were used tissues under many seats.  Almost as touching were “I dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “A Heart Full of Love,”  “Turning,” “Who am I?,” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” and “One Day More.”  I wanted to stand and thrust a fist during “The People’s Song.”  Bawdy numbers included “Master of the House,” “The Bargain” and “Beggars at the Feast.”   J. Anthony Crane’s Thenardier, the Innkeeper, was inarticulate and hard to understand in contrast to the crisp, clear voice of Allison Gunn who played Madame Thenardier.

Josh Davis who played Javert has the most powerful male voice I’ve heard.  Nick Cartell as Jean Valjean was absolutely brilliant with tremendous control and range.  Robert Ariza played Marius and has a wonderful signing voice.  Mary Kate Moore as Fantine was strong.  All four and The Company turn in outstanding performances. 

Two Tips of the Saint’s Halo for the glorious, dazzling, stirring, heart-throbbing, epic production of revolution and righteousness, Les Miserables!!!  Viva “Lay Miz!”

Experience it at Music Hall at Fair Park Dallas through May 6th.