Sunday, August 10, 2008


Made my triumphant return (and probably only visit this summer) to the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night to see their concert-version production of "Les Miserables."

Of course, you can't go wrong with this show and the talented cast -- laden with Broadway luminaries -- sung the heck out of it.

And they proved you can even do the show without a giant turntable on the stage.

Memorable performances were turned in by:

Michele Maika as Cosette -- played Eponine on Broadway.

Michael McCormick as Thenardier -- played Oscar Shapira in "Curtains" on Broadway and at the Ahmanson.

J. Mark McVey as Jean Valjean -- played Jean Valjean on Broadway and for seven years (2,912 performances) in London's West End.

Lea Michele as Eponine -- played Wendla in "Spring Awakening" on Broadway.

Brian Stokes Mitchell as Javert -- won a Tony for "Kiss Me, Kate."

Ruth Williamson as Madame Thenardier -- unforgettable as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in the 2000 Revival of "The Music Man."

John Lloyd Young as Marius -- won a Tony as Frankie Valli in "Jersey Boys."
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