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Preparing for Les Mis

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Mike Barrett
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 3:20pm
Hey all! So sadly, I have never, ever, seen Les Miserables. I am lucky that that is going to change this week as I see the tour in Boston. Other than the famous music, Im surprisingly somewhat unfamiliar with the show. Any specific reading I should do about the French Revolution that may help with the show? Thanks in advance to all!
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 3:42pm

Don't worry about the French Revolution, the story takes place decades later :) 

The tour program should have a brief synopsis in it, but don't worry about studying up, just let it unfold before you and enjoy. 

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 4:09pm
Yep, just read a synopsis. There's a wealth of material out there for you to delve into after.
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 4:22pm
Scripps is correct. Its not THE French Revolution, but rather A French revolution. They had a number of them.

But the blurb that is usually in the program is more than enough
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 4:23pm
You can already tell how familiar I am with the piece!! Sounds great, can’t wait to see the show.
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 5:47pm
Dont be too hard on yourself, Mike. LOTS of people think it's the French Revolution. Enjoy.
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Posted: 4/15/19 at 6:42pm

dramamama611 said: "Dont be too hard on yourself, Mike. LOTS of people think it's the French Revolution. Enjoy."

I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. Thank you! 

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Posted: 4/15/19 at 6:50pm

PBS just started a brand new Les Mis 6 week mini series last night. I watched the first episode and thought it was pretty well done so I'm going to watch the rest and then try to catch the tour during my July trip to Chicago. I believe the first episode is available for streaming for free.  This was my very first Broadway show as a kid so it's been a long time since I've been exposed to this material.

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Posted: 4/16/19 at 8:36am

The first time I saw Les Miserables, I struggled to keep the characters straight in my head. There are a LOT of them, and for some reason their names don't make it easy to remember who they are or their relationship to one another. To this day, when someone mentions Fantine or Cosette, I have to think for a minute to be certain which is the mother and which is the child.

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