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Sunday, December 13, 2015

The two longest-living musicals of all times

Due to the rain, which fell all day, we didn't go to the Christmas market this afternoon. Instead we watched Les Mis on DVD.

Les Misérables, along with Phantom of the Opera, are without doubt those musicals which will be remembered througout the ages. Both are practically running for 30 years (Les Mis in 2016, Phantom in 2017) and still have full theaters.

I don't know what the magic of those two is, but I do know that I love both of them. So this afternoon we enjoyed a prime performance. It's not like in the theater itself but good enough. We've seen Les Mis a couple of times in the theatre (London and New York) and have the DVD of 10 years Les Mis and 25 years Les Mis, also the recent film version. Personally, I think the 10 years version is the best, with great voices of Colm Wilkinson, Ruthie Henshall, Lea Salonga and Michael Ball. Btw, we have seen those artists already live and were also able to share some words with them at the stage door.

Still, my absolute favorite is Phantom. We have seen this musical in theaters in London, New York, Scheveningen (Holland), Antwerp (Belgium) - AND we were present at the live performance in the Royal Albert Hall of 25 years Phantom. That day, Sierra Boggess got a 20-minute applause for singing "Wishing you were somehow here again". The poor girl could not grasp it, and fell to her knees on stage... so endearing! Sierra and Ramin are just the best couple for Christine and Phantom.

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