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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Les Miserables in Detroit March 22 - April 3 {Review}

I attended the opening night of Les Miserables at the Fisher Theater in Detroit last night and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity. 

Les Mis is a play that I've wanted to see since I was in middle school but I never had the opportunity to do so until now. I can tell you, it was well worth the wait. I loved everything about this production and would see it again in a heartbeat. 

Since I wasn't familiar with the story of Les Miserables, I was invested in learning and understanding it. I shortly found myself spellbound as I watched characters weaving their stories together in a beautiful tapestry. Each scene was performed to perfection. Each song tugged on my heart. I anxiously awaited each scene to play out so I could see what would happen next.

Photo Credit: Deen van Meer
Of the performing cast, there were two people who took my breath away. Ron Sharpe who played Jean Valjean and Betsy Morgan who played Fantine were phenomenal to watch. It was clear to me that they put their heart into their roles and I was amazed by their talent. After their solo performances, I could only shake my head and say "amazing". Truly, there are no words that can rightly explain the way these two influence the production of Les Miserables but I hope you are able to see them for yourself.

Please keep in mind that this show is best kept to adult/young adult viewing only as this story deals with dark themes like prostitution, suicide, and violence. I didn't find anything to be offensive, but I want to be clear with you about this so you can use your own discretion and aren't surprised by anything.

This production, in my opinion, is Broadway at it's best. If you're in the Detroit area, don't wait to get your tickets to see Les Miserables. This is what "theater" is all about and you may even find yourself a little changed by its message.

**This is a review and publicity post. Thanks to the PR firm who provided complimentary tickets to view the show in exchange for me sharing a press release and my review following the show. I received no other compensation. The thoughts and opinions shared are mine and mine alone. Others may disagree.**



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