Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
The Lowry, 12 August 2010
It is a bit of an irony, granted, but this is a musical that is sure to cheer you up.
You’ll be out of the doldrums in no time after seeing Valjean (John Owen-Jones) turn his life around and realise his destiny.
The show was sumptuously put together and full of drama, dream and incident. There were moments of high emotion and episodes of bawdy banter; all part of a fast-paced narrative rendered with song.
Above all, two performances stood out for me. Fantine’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ was gorgeous, a gift from the wonderful Madalena Alberto. And Rosalind James (as Eponine) was stupendous in everything she did, whether it was the lovely ‘On My Own’ or her part in the three-hander, ‘A Heart Full of Love’. She is the girl you’d give your life and your love to, no questions asked. Vive l’amour!
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