Acaila wrote:Yeah, I mean I love it for the cast and all, but I refuse to introduce newbies to Les Mis with it. Plus the lack of blocking makes it seem a bit dumb in places.
Courgette wrote:For me, it was the SuBo mania which made me realize that something called 'Les Misérables' actually exists. But till date, I've not seen her video. And, it was sometime after the O2 concert that I really started hunting down various Youtube videos for different performances (& then the DVD of the concert). But the musical (for me) has ALWAYS been about the performances rather than the story...that is how I look at ALL musicals, in any case. And 'Les Misérables' is NO different. For instance, I like 'One Day More' because of the passion and the energy of the song and the harmonization of the different voices. I like the song in terms of the musicality, just like a song of any other genre. Period.
Then, what about the plot and character development? Brick over Musical. Any day. There are so many characters like Felix Tholomyes, Azelma, Louison, Madame Hucheloup, plus minor but important plot details (that the musical NEVER touches upon), that I got to know only after reading the Brick in its entirety.
I don't care if this sounds patronizing but if you judge characters based solely on the musical without bothering to read the Brick, I have NO respect for you whatsoever. The source material is, after all, Victor Hugo's tome. And to experience 'Les Misérables' in its entirety, you NEED to read the Brick.
So, for me, it was the O2 concert + reading the Brick which completed a full-fledged first experience of 'Les Misérables'.
macaron wrote:Okay, before I actually answer the poll, question - what does 'original production' vs 'another production' mean in this case? Replica vs non replica, or French/OLC vs other, or something like that?
My first experience was a Swedish production of the musical in 2000, and I think I could've explained the plot pretty clearly afterwards. In fact I believe I did, extensively, because my friends quickly got tired of me. *g* It was love at first sight.
Rachelle wrote:I think it's definitely possible to be an amazing les mis fan without having read the brick. As long as you admit that it exists and don't badmouth it.
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