Fun fact: In high school, I had an obsession with the musical Les Miserables. Kind of like Heather is with Presidential fun facts now.
Warning: extremely nerdy post about my favorite musical ahead.
So you can imagine that I have been LOVING the PBS airings of the 25th anniversary concert.
Although Lea Solonga playing Fantine instead of Eponine just feels weird (if you don’t know who she is, you probably know her voice…she voiced both Jasmine and Mulan in the Disney movies).
And I also think that a Jonas brother playing Marius is weird.
But that’s not the point. The point is, I am in love with Les Miserables.
The first time I ever heard a song from the musical was in French class, when we had to practice our listening skills by filling in the words to “On My Own” as we listened to it. I still can’t find a French recording of the song, no matter how much I search.
If you have it and share it with me, you will be my best friend forever.
My friends Lani and Emily were also obsessed with Les Miserables in high school. To the point that Lani called me “Po” (for Eponine) and I called her “Gavi” (for Gavroche).
Once, we dressed up as those characters for Halloween. Nobody knew who we were supposed to be.
I cannot for the life of me find the photo now, otherwise I would share it.
Emily, Lani and I actually drove to a high school that was 45 minutes away to see their student production of Les Miserables once. For the record, the shortened student version isn’t as good. Probably because they had to cut out like half the content because the show is so long.
If you don’t count the student production, I’ve seen the show on stage twice. Once with my dad and once with (you guessed it) Lani, Emily and Lani’s sister.
We actually bought our tickets for that show the day they went on sale. And then they cancelled the showing we were supposed to see. To make it up to us, the theater gave us sixth row seats for a different day. That was awesome.
You can understand why I tried to read the book in high school. I didn’t finish. That thing is LONG.
That’s why I put “Read Les Miserables” on my 101 in 1001 list. I started on Sunday, and figured out that if I read 10 pages a day, I’ll be done by September.
That’s how long this book is. But I’m determined to finish it, because how could I not read the book my favorite musical was based on?
What’s your favorite topic to learn fun facts about? I’m pro at hearing one actor in a musical and telling you what other shows they’ve performed in. Really, I just love musicals and their fun facts in general!