Theater review: Pros and cons to Hale Centre Theatre’s 'Les Misérables'

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  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 16, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Sorry I am late to the party in posting here. I just read this review. I was able to see this T/Th/S production before I ever read this review and accompanying responses. I loved this production so much I am going to see it again. I thought the singing was magnificent and the whole production marvelous. I'm not a paid critic of the theater, however, I am a season ticket holder and regular attendee of Hale Centre Theatre and wanted to add my voice to this review!

    Thank you for such a grand performance of Les Miserables!

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:12 a.m.

    I think that they apparently mis-cast in this case, if the reviewer is correct. He only reviewed one cast but not the other. But then I'm assuming things.

    Joseph Paur or J D'Paur in some movies would have been the perfect Valjean. He's the right age and has the vocal chops to do it right. Plus physically, he's the Valjean type. He's a pretty imposing dude. If he didn't try out, he should have. If he did try out then shame on Hale Center for not casting him.

  • Lewis from the East Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    I'm sure the lead actors are pretty good (vocally) otherwise they would have chosen others from the large number of talent that came to the auditions. However couldn't they find some actors who were at least close to the age of the characters they were portraying? What they were missing were clearly associated to their lack of age and experience. I'm thinking this is another High School Edition considering the youthfulness of the leads and their performances. I'm sure the reviewer would have been more direct if they weren't afraid of the "loyal" followers of Hale.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 9:05 p.m.

    The only accurate portion of this review is its closing paragraph, in which it notes that this so-called production is guaranteed to bring in lots of cash. Indeed, a gullible public will not be able to empty it's wallet fast enough.

    Let us not mince words. The musical makes a travesty of everything that the novel stood for. The musical makes outright evil seem like an entertaining farce, while making abject poverty seem like a mere annoyance. It even goes so far as to trivialize sexual violence. Worst of all, the musical ignores the true nature of the major characters of the novel.

    Is anyone really surprised at the failure this production turned out to be? Taking a great work of literature and turning it into a dumbed down musical farce in order to fleece the general public is doomed to be a disaster from the start.