Hallo, Leute! It’s June 5 and that means that today is the day on which the June Rebellion of 1832 started and man, it’s a big day for the LES MISÉRABLES fandom. I don’t know if it’s just me but I’ve always found the 1832 portion of the story to be my favorite part. My favorite characters show up and a lot of my favorite moments take place during the 1832 storyline. In honor of the June Rebellion, today I’m wearing my Éponine t-shirt and tomorrow I’m planning on wearing my Marius, Enjolras, and Éponine t-shirt. I wanted to wear my Enjolras costume but for some reason today and tomorrow are going to be considerably hot in Seattle and I don’t want to deal with sweating in a costume all day so I think that I’m going to scrap that idea for this year. Anyways, for today I thought that I’d do a little LES MIZ appreciation post as it’s been one of the most influential musicals in my life and it’s also one of my absolute favorites.
I guess that my love for LES MIZ really dates all the way back to middle school. It was seventh grade and I saw the movie for the first time. However, as always, I have to admit that I didn’t fall in love with the musical right then and there. I didn’t think of it as a bad musical but I just was kind of… unsure about it. However, I decided to give the movie a second chance and that second time around, I fell in love with it. I really, really fell in love with it. While at that point I did think of it as a new favorite, I think that, at the time, PHANTOM was still my favorite musical, followed closely by WICKED. My cousin gave me the CD for my birthday and since I now had the CD, I listened to it over and over again. It wasn’t until my mom asked me what musical was my favorite that I realized that LES MIZ had topped my list.
Fast forward to November of 2015 and I’m setting up the movie for my family to watch on one of our Friday night movie nights and as the main menu comes up, I felt tears spring to my eyes. A little earlier that year, it was announced that LES MIZ would be closing and I guess that as the main menu rolled up, I realized that I might never get the chance to see LES MIZ live. And that brought a few tears to my eyes.
However, that year, my school was doing a competition called National History Day (NHD) that started in September and went all the way into June if you made it to the national level. My mom told me that if I made it to nationals she’d take me to New York and we could go and see LES MIZ. My paper on the Bubonic Plague won the school competition however, my teacher had miscalculated the submission time for papers for the regional competition and so I couldn’t go on to the regional competition. I was pretty disappointed because I had really wanted to at least be able to try to get to nationals with hopes of getting to see LES MIZ on Broadway high in my mind. But, my mom surprised me and told me that since I’d done really well at the school competition, if I could find cheap plane tickets from Seattle to New York and find a cheap hotel we could go to New York.
Of course, I jumped into the task right away and eventually found pretty decently priced plane tickets and a really cheap hotel that was located right outside Central Park. When we got to New York, we ended up having to walk 6.5 miles to get to the hotel but I had a blast looking at all of the buildings and just getting to walk the streets of New York. When we got to the hotel we had a few hours left until the show started and so I took a short nap in the hotel room.
I remember when we got to the Imperial Theatre I was just so happy. Our seats were actually pretty nice and I was just so happy to be able to have this dream of mine fulfilled. All throughout the show, I was just having so much fun. All of the actors were amazing and the show was even more amazing than I had dreamed it would be. After the show my mom and I went to the stage door and we got to meet a lot of the actors and I still have the signed Playbill!
I suppose that the heart of what I want to say with this post is that LES MIZ has really changed my life and I really do believe that it has been one of the most impactful musicals I have ever watched. The characters are unbelievably amazing and the story, the songs—everything—just comes together to create one big masterpiece.
So I guess that what I really want to say is: Thank you. Thank you, LES MIZ.
Why do you love LES MIZ? Vielen Dank und tschüss!