Oh well Les Mis has finished its run in Melbourne. Opens in Perth at the end of January for a limited season. From what I have read on Social Media, it seems to me that the cast cannot wait to get to Perth. More than half of them are graduates of the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. They seem to be showing far more enthusiasm for Perth than they did for Melbourne.
There is no doubt this production received high acclaim from the critics in Melbourne. Also, Social Media wash awash with people writing emotive posts in favour of the cast and the production. "Best Ever......." was one of the most common lines. A professional production of Les Mis has not been to Australia for more than 10 years and I suspect few of the audiences members have travelled abroad to see other productions, so they have nothing else to compare this production with.
I am left feeling really disappointed. If I compare this production with the current New York production, which is fair since they are both based on the same 25th Anniversary updates, the Australian production is third rate, in my opinion. I have expressed my views in other posts and those views continue to be uppermost in my mind. In all the eight times I saw the show, at no time did I leave feeling enthused and excited that I had to go again. The same could not be said for the last time I went to London (July 2014) when I had to go every night of my visit and was saddened when it was time to return to Australia.
I am sorry that I didn't like you Les Mis Australia and I am so negative about the production and some of the performers. Good luck in Perth I may come over to see you again during that run.