We were in Melbourne last weekend for the Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

Took the Opportunity to check out Les Miserables at Her Majesty’s in Melbourne.

How could you not be entranced by Les Mis ? It’s just such a wonderful, larger than life story.

My 14 year old Brydie Jean is a certified Les Mis freak. She was entranced.

Les Mis 2014 is true to the original production, but advances in technology have enabled this show to take it to a new level.  Yes the sets and the costumes are lavish and eye-catching, but it’s the use of really inventive projections which blows your mind.  When Jean Val Jean bundles Marius up over his shoulder and descends into the sewer, you really feel as though you’re in the sewer.  When Javert jumps to his death, you really feel as though you are falling with him.

Yes the actors are strong in their performance, but it’s the 21st century stagecraft that lifts this production to the extraordinary level. The lighting is just exsquisite. 

Les Mis makes your heart beat faster. It awakens the revolutionary in all of us.

This was the 3rd production of Les Mis that I’ve seen.  I had a squiz at the original Australian touring show when it first hit our shores and a year or so ago we saw the Canberra Philharmonic production at the Erindale Theatre.

Les Mis 2014 is big, loud and boisterous. It’s technically wonderful. One of the things that shone through for both Brydie and I, is that although this show is better than the local amatuer production we saw last year….it’s not 10 times better. If anything it actually puts the Canberra Production in a very good light.

simonAs Jean Valjean, Simon Gleeson displays a remarkable vocal range. I think his quieter moments are by far and away his best, but his overall performance is world class.

Lara Mulcahy almost steals the show as the Innkeepers Wife. She’s a one woman riot. Trevor Ashley is dastardly as the Innkeeper in a wonderful way. We loved Hayden Tee as Javert and the rich full sound of the orchestra.

With the benefit of historic hindsight we all know that the revolutionary students are doomed from the start, but it doesn’t stop you from ‘rooting for them’ as they take on the might of the establishment.

Les Mis…I just love the tragedy, the despair, the euphoria and those powerful songs.

Les Miserables plays Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne till December 20th.

Sydney and Canberra audiences get to see it at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney from March 2015.