CC21106 wrote:Who's the best Valjean, Marius, Javert, and Enjolras ever? Where can I see them online? Is there any consensus or is it wildly diverse opinion?
No, I don't much care about Fantine, Éponine, or Cosette. Not because they're female. Just don't like their songs. They're kind of washed out sounding to me. Maybe if I gave them more of a listen...
In answer to this question, I (pretty much a newbie myself, you've been warned) think Quast being the best Javert is the least disputed one in this fandom. As for Valjean I remember JOJ was voted the best in a certain fan survey. I really don't know about the others though, sorry! But the point is, we should know clearly what we are looking for before actually starting the search. What everyone else likes may not appeal to you and vise versa. Everyone has their own preference, so it's natural that the best-for-each-role question will forever be heated argument. At early stage we may not be quite clear about, e.g. what our ideal Valjean is like. This will require some trial-and-error actually. Maybe after seeing several random videos you'll suddenly realize “ah, this is the style of acting I'm looking for!” And as we see more our preference may change too. So as a newbie myself I think the best way to get started is to forget about fan-favorites and just try different stuff!
Performers recommendation from experts is definitely helpful though. So this is a very stupid idea I've had for a long time actually. Every time I see an excellent performer for a certain role I really feel like “I did not live until today”. Yes, I still remember that feeling when I discovered Quast's Javert, Warlow's Enjolras, that 97 concert Cosette (sorry still fail to remember her name) and Rauch's Valjean. But due to my limited knowledge of performers that doesn't happen often. And I guess that's what troubles us newbies most. So the idea is, you can describe your take on the characters as detailed as possible, as if you were a director recruiting cast members. Then probably those who happen to have seen someone that matches your expectation can provide some recommendations for you. This will probably make things easier for us!
I'll try to provide mine when I get my computer back!