The Les Misérables Staged Concert lives up to it’s ‘all star’ name. It is made up of a group of ideal leads and a wonderful ensemble. The orchestra, lead by the musical director Steve Moss, was rightfully recognised by the audience throughout the production.
The show is usually lead by Alfie Boe, however I chose to see it on a Monday, in order to see John Owen Jones, who plays three shows a week. His Jean Valjean was beautiful, displaying so much expression into each line he sung. Playing the antagonist of the show, Inspector Javert, was Michael Ball, and he was my only criticism of the cast, while being known for having such a powerful voice, he simply didn’t stand out even when singing songs like the Confrontation or his Soliloquy, even though he delivered the iconic song Stars very well. After hearing so much about Carrie Hope Fletcher I was keen to see her portrayal of Fantine, and I can’t express how impressed I was of it. Her voice is perfect and she conveyed the tragic story of Fantine, showing her vulnerability yet her determination to care for her daughter. The Thénardiers, played by Matt Lucas and Katy Secombe, provided the perfect element of comedy, adding so many moments of dialogue between themselves. Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas made wonderful West End debutes. Rob Houchen was an amazing Marius, his higher notes especially stood out to me, and he sung ‘empty chairs at empty tables’ with so much depth. However, to me, the star of the show, alongside Carrie Hope Fletcher, was Bradley Jaden, as Enjolras, portraying the character as having the impeccable mix of passion and hope in his leadership, his ‘Do you hear the people sing’ demonstrated this. He will be returning to the role of Javert in the new production and he is as equally impressive playing that role, be sure to go see it.
However if Les Mis is new to you, I recommend you to not see the show as it lacks the emotion you would usually get from the normal production, whereas if you’re familiar with the show or cast members, it’s definitely worth seeing! The show is running until the end of November, however there’s a limited amount of tickets remaining!