Les Miz –Opening Night and Final Bow

The memories are already fading and I try to get it
all down before they’re gone. When I reflect back on the journey of being a
part of Les Miserables, some very
special moments come to mind:

  • ·        
    The Lovely Ladies…hilarious. I don’t
    have one of those content warnings on my blog, so I can’t go into detail here…

  • ·        
    Kristen’s face as she watched her set design
    get wild applause when the floor of the stage slowly rose and was transformed
    into the barricade.
  • ·        
    Carol’s director talk before we went on
    stage opening night. She had us close our eyes and visualize the character we
    would be as if looking in the mirror. We were to imagine how they looked, felt
    about their circumstances, what they dreamed. Then she said to take one step
    forward into that character. BAM. It was incredible. The next night she gave us
    a talk about the difficulty of getting energy up after opening night. She had
    us form a circle (we all automatically held hands) and close our eyes. I sensed
    the strains of “Kumbaya” in the air. She said there’s only one thing to do, “You
    put your right hand in, you put your right hand out…” and we all did the Hokey
    Pokey. And we put our whole selves in. Brilliant.
  • ·        
    The absolute silence every night when
    Maddy (Eponine) finished singing “A Little Fall of Rain” and died in Matt’s
    (Marius) arms. No one ever started to applaud because they were all captured in
    that moment.

  • ·        
    True (Javert), Ron (Pimp) and I
    discussing the fact that there were no divas in the cast. “Yes, there is one
    diva,” Ron said. True and I looked at him in disbelief. “Who?” I asked. He
    laughed, “Macy (4-year-old Urchin). When Javert was singing “Stars” Macy,
    sitting on her mother’s lap on stage, whispered, ‘Mom, why isn’t anyone looking
    at me?’” That’s as “diva” as it ever got.

  • ·        
    The students at the barricade. The
    audience fell in love with them. Joe’s (Lesgles) death fall was so convincing
    it was scary! Tony’s (Enjolras) picking up the red flag and waving it in
    defiance right before he was shot and then letting it drape down over him and
    the barricade was inspired.

  • ·        
    Every night in the Green Room we watched
    True (Javert) sing his song of torment until he stood on the top balcony center
    stage, spread out his arms, belted the last agonizing note and fell backwards
    to his death ( Javert’s not True’s). Every night we burst into applause and “Huzzahs!”
    and I threw out my

    arms toward the monitor and yelled, “I love you! I love you!”

  • ·        
    The hilarious antics of the Thenardiers.
    George and Jessie created
    characters you disliked andcouldn’t help but love. When
    they came out in their turquoise costumes in the wedding scene it was epic.
  • ·        
    Dominic singing “Bring Him Home.” *sob* Amazing.
    ‘nuff said
  • ·        Standing on stage at the end of the
    play, the pride welling up inside as each group or character took their bows.

  • Of course the danger here is that there are so many more amazing memories that I haven’t mentioned. 
The clarity of my
memories may be fading, but the effect this experience had will remain forever.
I carry these people in my heart and I cherish the magical journey we shared.
Photos by Robert Nelb

2 thoughts on “Les Miz –Opening Night and Final Bow

  1. You are truly blessed! What magical moments!

    What a fabulous play! Both epic and unrivaled. I could feel everything you wrote here, as anyone familiar with the play would. Thank you for sharing and giving us a little backstage glimpse!

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