Why do you think Enjolras would out of interest Marius?
I mean, I'm all for more Enjolras but I don't see what we'd gain from a soliloquy from him that would really change our feelings to anything.
And songs being allowed to revel in themselves a bit is no bad thing necessarily, particularly when they have a function within the structure of the show (Master of the House definitely does). I mean, you could argue One Day More doesn't need the huge section with everyone because do we actually advance anything within that bit? But when actual entire songs seem pulled in from the ether as vaguely fitting, eh, I'm not so fond.
And despite that, I'm enough of a hypocrite to admit that I count a couple of jukebox musicals above Phantom in my favourites
Phan - Yes, I know what they're about, but what I'm talking about is what do these songs advance that couldn't be otherwise conveyed. What *happens* because of Wishing, or what do we learn that justifies having an entire number spent on it. I wouldn't argue about Masquerade because that is structural and I think All I Ask of You is important for you to have any hope of thinking Christine should end up with Raoul, since the poor boy doesn't even get a solo. Think of Me has that function, but could it not have been used for something that had function *and* advanced matters. It's just so generic though. I mean, compare it to other shows that have the show within a show device and manage to do exactly that with their numbers.
Les Mis, in English, certainly becomes more generic, and I usually defend that against people who prefer the original French version, but I don't think it ever crosses the line into being generic to the point of being ineffectual.
I also think this is a Lloyd Webber thing and is a side effect of the way he works. For me, his best musicals are the ones he did with Tim Rice, perhaps because they were written on a more even footing? Who knows.
Somewhat related, I'm actually wondering about doing a list of my top X showtunes. Wondering what number I should make X....