MNL TTD: Les Misérables Manila

From 11 March 2016 to 17 April 2016 Les Misérables (aka Les Mis) will be showing at The Theatre at Solaire for the production’s Asian tour. Tickets went on sale at the end of September last year and I hopped on the presale as soon as I could and got tickets for my parents and I for the evening show of the second day.

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Les Misérables (Source: @micca.dj Instagram)

Some background: Growing up, I had only listened to broadway music up until I was about 10. By that time MTV was still playing real music while Britney, NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, and the Spice Girls had already blown up and I had no idea what people were talking about in school. The only musicals I had known back then were Cats, Phantom of the Opera, and Les Mis. I will just call them The Big 3 because each of them has at one point been known as the longest running musical in history.

I’ve been lucky to catch Les Mis when it played at the Orpheum in San Francisco back in 2012. Watching it with Big Brother made it quite special and we basically had to stop ourselves from singing along with the cast. That was difficult. I was quite happy to know that the musical would finally be playing in Manila and people would be able to watch it at home.

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Les Mis at The Orpheum San Francisco 2012 (Source: miccadj)

Big highlight was Rachelle Ann Go playing Fantine! Yeaaa Pinoy pride! We got there late and barely made it for her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” but it was beautiful (so is she, tbh) and not as haunting as Anne Hathaway’s version. I think Rachelle’s version was more similar to Lea Salonga’s version which I think is a bit rawer than Ruthie Henshall’s and Patti LuPone’s versions. It seems more emotional in general but I like all versions, I swear! I love watching live performances because the music is more likely to give me goosebumps. I’m always in awe of such talented singers!

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Bonding with Big Brother back in 2012 when we were much younger and skinnier 😛 (Source: miccadj)

I always end up with a new favorite song after watching the play (whether on a DVD or live) again and this time it was “Empty Chair and Empty Tables”. I don’t really like Marius as a character because I had always deemed him to be such a whiney little boy but for once, I liked his solo. Props.

I enjoyed the show overall! I even shed a teardrop or two because good vocals just get me. The ticket prices are a bargain in my opinion because the show itself is more than worth what you’re paying. So so so glad we were able to catch this show while it was in town. If you missed getting tickets for the show in Manila or would like to see it again somehow, Les Mis will also be showing in Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre staring in May!

Bonus! My favorite encore: Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert: 17 Valjeans – Do You Hear The People Sing

“It is the future that we bring when tomorrow comes.”

Les Misérables Manila
The Theatre at Solaire
1 Aseana Ave, Entertainment City
Parañaque, Metro Manila
+632 888 8888 (Yes, that’s the actual number)
Les Misérables Manila 2016 Tickets

Les Misérables Singapore
Esplanade – Theatres on The Bay
1 Esplanade Dr
Singapore 038981
+65 6828 8377
Les Misérables Singapore 2016 Tickets

Cheers,

Micca

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