Last night I saw a live performance of Les Miserables in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music. It was spectacular. The chance to see Broadways shows in Philadelphia is an opportunity not to be missed. With the 25th anniversary celebration of Les Mis, the show has been reproduced and is traveling cross country – currently it is playing in Philadelphia until January 13th.
The singing is beautiful, the sets made to look like France and Paris were stunning, and the storyline of Les Mis is heartbreaking, engaging, and fabulous.
At times my girlfriend and I were literally almost in tears as we were totally moved by the music and story of Jean Valjean, Fantine, and Cosette.
Take a peek at the Les Miserables video clip here.
This new production has been acclaimed by critics and is breaking box office records. The New York Times calls this Les Misérables ‘an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.’ The London Times hails the new show ‘a five star hit, astonishingly powerful.’
I love how Philadelphia offers Broadway musicals – next up is Catch me if You Can – I’ve shared those details at the end of this post too.
Broadway: Catch Me If You Can
Academy of Music
Tuesday, January 15 – Sunday, January 20
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new Broadway musical that tells the story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl chases Frank to the end…and finds something he never expected. This delightfully entertaining musical has been created by a Tony Award®-winning ‘dream team,’ with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime), a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Legally Blonde), and direction by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Don’t miss this big-hearted musical adventure based on an astonishing real-life story of being young, in love…and in deep, deep trouble!
Disclosure: Thanks to the Kimmel Center for providing us with free tickets to see Les Miserables. As always, all thought and opinions are our own.