It’s Les Mis all over again!

Calling out all Les Mis fans out there.. especially that..of the broadway musical version, Here’s another chance for you to watch the musical play , which is showing this year 2014.

Les Miserables on Broadway stars Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean/Monsieur Madeleine or Monsieur Fauchelevent, Will Swenson as the Inspector Javert, Caissie Levy as Fantine, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Nikki James as Eponine, Andy Mientus as Marius , Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras and a lot more casts .

Being a fan of Les Miserables myself, I would want to watch this badly (live, of course, not just on television or youtube video) since I am also a fan of musical plays . I wish they could have it here also in the Philippines.

I could say that Les Miserables is one of my most favorite literature written by Victor Hugo.

Watching the movie version of Victor Hugo’s works made me long or yearn for watching the stage play of the musical itself. The song or songs that strike me the most everytime I would watch Les Miserables are these: “Do You Hear The People Sing?” and “One Day More” and “Red and Black” – my favorite songs as well.

The song “Do You Hear The People Sing” talks about freedom from the injustice and inequality of the government shown to the poor people living in France, this took place during the 1800s. The chorus ‘Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men? It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again!” evidently shows or expresses the people’s fury against the slavery brought unto them by the French monarchy. For the song ‘One Day More’ , the people of France imagine what it would be like , longing for that one day to come that they would be given freedom from all the hellish experience they are having during the reign of King Louis XVIII. The line from this song that strike me the most was ‘One more day before the storm! At the barricades of freedom! When our ranks begin to form. Will you take your place with me?” .

And as for the last, which is “Red and Black” , Enjolras was talking about the situation that changes almost everyday in France and deciding to take a stand rather than wasting time doing idle things. My favorite parts of the song there were the lines that Enjolras sang like the chorus part where it describes the colors Red and black – “Red, the blood of angry men! Black the dark of ages past, Red ..a world about to dawn.. black , the night that ends at last!”

The color ‘Red’ symbolizes the blood of angry men or the martyrs fighting for freedom against the injustices and inequality; so does it describe what the world would be like and the start of a new life. While the color black represents the kind of life that those citizens of France had under the reign of King Louis XVIII. It also represents the end of darkness where people would live again seeing the light and enjoy the freedom they yearn for.


Fun at PETA

Watching a musical play at PETA last Sunday with a good friend was fun. It was a showcase performance of the students from PETA, each from a different acting class like Basic Acting, CMT-1 and CMT-2.

It was a mixed variety of musical performances by each group where some were excerpts taken from a certain novel or film while some are originally made or written.

For the Basic Acting class, they had an excerpt from Noli and El Fili/Cabesang Tales , only that it was with a twist. Some characters portrayed in the play were: Damaso, Ibarra, Elias, Juli, Cabesang Tales, Sisa, Paulita Gomez, and Isagani. I was surprised to find out that our lecturer in modeling class, Ms. Jen Rosales, was one of the performers there.

Basic Acting – Excerpt from Noli and El Fili/Cabesang Tales (with a twist)

2nd Group (forgot the class name) – Love that Ended in Hatred

This was like a Juan dela Cruz type of story where a romance between a human being and an ‘aswang’ is forbidden. A male human being falls in love with a girl ‘aswang’ but fate changes when another girl enters their relationship, causing the guy to end his affair with his first love, resulting in the girls’ love turn into hatred.

Creative Musical Theatre 1

What will you do if you find out that you only have a short moment to live? Will you ever be able to turn back time just tell your loved ones how much you really love them? Each song tells about a certain real life story.

Creative Musical Theatre 2

The weather changes everyday, as well as the life cycle of every person. There are ups and downs in our life that we cannot even take control of, we cannot escape or evade changes, no matter how good or bad they may be.

It was really a nice experience. Thanks to my AATA friend, Karina Valdez, for inviting me to watch this one-of-a-kind musical performance in PETA.