Guest review by Legally Blonde
Bless him, he had tried. But it was the involuntary groan of “Oh God” when the audience gave Les Mis a standing ovation that gave him away. Mr S was not a happy theatre critic bunny.
There were some great voices in the cast: John Owen Jones as Jean Valjean and Katie Hall as Cosette, dampened only by the truly awful Madalena Alberto as Fatine and the irritating little kid. Not his fault though, the part itself is a shameful technique to make the audience coo and giggle and ultimately, and inevitably, shed a tear when he buys it.
Perhaps the only miscast character was Rosalind James as Eponine who, whilst belting out On My Own forgot that she was at the Barbican and started rocking out like she was on X Factor (Gareth Gates’ influence perhaps?)
This is not a show for theatre critics. But is a show for fans. I loved it. Admittedly, I do have the double CD soundtrack on my iPod.