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Posted on Mar 3, 2011 in Dear Diary | 7 comments

Do you hear the people sing?

Tonight is the night.

Les Mis at the Hippodrome in Baltimore with the sis and her hubs. And it’s not just any Les Mis production — this is part of the show’s 25th Anniversary tour! That means brand new cast, brand new staging, brand new set pieces… Ahhhh! I. Cannot. Wait.

For those of you who may be slightly less well-versed with the world of musical theatre, Les Miserables is a musical (well, it’s really more like an operetta — no spoken lines) set during the French Revolution. It follows the story of Jean Valjean, a prisoner who was sent to jail for stealing a loaf of bread 10 years prior, being released on parole and trying to make a new life for himself and the daughter he adopts, Cosette, after her mother, Fantine, dies (Valjean feels responsible for her death.) The whole time, he is being pursued by the police officer that granted him parole, Javert. (Make sure you’re pronouncing all these names super Frenchy, of course! :P)

It’s an amazing production, with amazing songs and just general amazingness. You should check the website to see if it’s coming to your city! For those of you who are a little more local, it’s playing at the Hippodrome in Baltimore until Sunday, February 6th.

Of course, all of this excitement for tonight means that my morning had to be ridiculous and a little bit awful to balance it out, right? Hahaha. It all started with running late for work (well, let’s be honest. Most days start like this.) My roommate and I were prepping lunch at the same time in the kitchen, and as a result of my rushedness (I’m making that a word) I snagged her plastic bag of goodies instead of my plastic bag of goodies. I didn’t realize it until I got to the office, at which point I freaked out and hastily called her, emailed her, then called her again (overkill? No way!) to apologize for grabbing her grub. I offered to bring it to her at her office, but she was really cool about it and told me not to worry. She even told me I could eat it if I wanted! I told her I couldn’t do that, I’d just feel way too bad, but thanked her for being awesome about it (after like 20 “Are you sure?”s, that is, hahaha.)

Phew! Crisis averted! That’s all you’ve got to throw at me today, right, Life?

Er. Wrong. Mere moments after all this occurred, I had a rather unfortunate run in with my cup of steaming hot green tea:

It found a rather unfortunate placement on my dress, and also managed to run down both of my legs. I don’t know, what do you guys thing — is a green tea bath good for your skin? Hahahahaha. Oh well. Hopefully the rest of the day is less eventful (especially on my hour-long drive up to Columbia with Daxter!)

Question Du Jour (trying to keep up this French theme, natch): Are you a musical theatre buff? Or are you amongst the many who think it’s, well, laaaaaaaaaaame (and thus are, yourself, lame. Hehe.)

Obviously, I am a HUGE fan. In fact, not only am I going to see Les Mis tonight, but I’m seeing Wicked at the Kennedy Center in July AND am trying to plan a trip up to NYC to see Daniel Radcliffe (otherwise known as Harry Potter) star in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway!

Photo by Ben Powell

I also starred in my very own high school musical as Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (the photo above is from this past Halloween, when I re-wore my costume because I was just so darned proud I could fit into it again!)Β What can I say, I’m a natural ham. πŸ˜›

7 Comments

  1. YAY can’t WAIT! and also for yummy indian food (i hope it’s as good as i remember it!) Don’t forget to bring your ticket πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, you’re going to love Les Mis! I was fortunate enough to watch it last November it was at the O2 Arena in London. I heard about it through Fathomevents.com and had to check the local listings for it. It was wonderful! And I couldn’t help but be totally blown away by Lea Salonga’s performance! Bravo!

    • Oh yeah, she is amazing. I have a recording of the 10th Anniversary concert with her playing Eponine and she’s absolutely phenomenal! This will actually be my 4th time seeing Les Mis, hehehehe….

    • I saw it in 7th grade on a band/choir field trip to NYC (circa 1996)

    • Oh yeah, the first time I saw it I think I was 9 or 10 years old. Amazing that kids can like it too, considering the subject matter and the fact that it’s basically an operetta, isn’t it??

  3. I’m a devoted fan of musicals and I think that “Les Miserables” is one of the greatest musicals. Also, The Phantom of the Opera is enjoyed by many of us. They are both really great!

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