Morbidmuch_ wrote:Philip Jalmelid as Javert was the true star of the show, in my opinion. I got a lot of Quast vibes from him, which is always a good thing, and he practically stole every scene he was in.
Tord Hansson was understudying as Valjean, and I enjoyed his performance. One thing that unfortunately distracted me quite a lot (and I feel really mean for saying it), but he's pretty short. He was only a couple of inches taller than Emmi Christensson (Cosette) who is 5'4”. The scenes that this was distracting was in the scenes with only Valjean and Javert, since Philip is very tall, and also the Sewers scene. The guy playing Marius was ridiculously tall. Watching Valjean carry Marius over his shoulder became almost comical, since Marius' feet were almost touching the floor.
Grantaire and Gavroche had plenty of very lovely moments, including Grantaire pulling the dying Gavroche back underneath the barricade (since there's no revolve in this production).
Also, the death of the barricade boys was a lot different, so instead of slow motion dying the barricade they all rushed to the front of the stage where they were shot and died. They then laid there until Empty chairs, when the one by one stood up and walked back and off stage.
Since they were lying there during Dog eats dog, it was them that Thenardier robbed of their belongings (which made me very uneasy). This however meant that during Turning, the women were actually acting and reacting to finding their men dead, and I really liked that. We had really good seats, so it was very easy to see all the emotions on their faces.
23623 wrote:This makes me so curious about the final battle aftermath! Was Gavroche among the bodies after everyone died? (I assume he wasn't since they got him back before the final battle?) Was Enjolras' death any special? How did Valjean and Javert react when seeing the dead students?
Prisoner 24653 wrote:Oh wow, this was fascinating to read. Some rather neat ideas... I liked the thought of the barricade boys still lying dead onstage for "Turning" and then getting up for "Empty Chairs." Though yeah, having them still be there for "Javert's Suicide" is a bit odd. (Credit to the actors for being able to lie still for that long, though! And yeah, given that staging, I'm glad they didn't make Enjolras hang upside-down in this case.)
And *dies laughing at the mental image of short Valjean carrying v. tall Marius*
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