Cameron Mackintosh brings Les Misérables to Manila, premieres March 16

The Manila run of world-famous musical " Les Misérables" will have its gala night today, March 16, at The Theatre at Solaire. The legendary play will have a powerful international cast including Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean, Earl Carpenter as Inspector Javert and our very own Rachelle Ann Go as Fantine.

Ticket holders for the gala premiere are in for a grand night of music, drama, and spectacle. Producer Cameron Mackintosh brings the show to the Philippines, excited at the prospect of sharing his work with the country where a lot of talents for his theatrical productions come from.

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May we advise the attendees to bring tissues and hankies with them because Les Miserables is known for its touching and heart-wrenching scenes. Only someone with a heart of stone will remain unaffected by the play.

Based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables is the story focused on Jean Valjean, an ex-convict whose life was changed by an act of kindness of a bishop, whom he tried to steal from . Valjean set out to change his life, but police Inspector Javert constantly  tracked him down for breaking his parole.

Throughout the course of his new life, Valjean meets Fantine. He adopts her daughter Cosette, who was left with wily innkeepers named the Thenardiers. Cosette falls in love with an idealistic student named Marius.

The story is set amid a backdrop of poverty and a people hungry for change in early 19th-century France.

The play has about 50 musical numbers, with impressive and powerful solos of Jean Valjean (Bring Him Home), Fantine (I Dreamed a Dream), Eponine (On My Own) and Javert (Soliloquy).

The music of Claude-Michel Schönberg combined with the powerful lyrics of Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel will haunt you and leave you on an LSS mode for a while.

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We know that Filipinos would be keen on watching the performance of Rachelle. As Fantine, Rachelle will be performing the most memorable and dramatic scenes of the play.

The homegrown talent said in an interview with bloggers prior to the gala night, that the Manila production is a modernized version compared to that of London. The scenes of Fantine are heavier and she said, "mas nagkakapasa ako , mas nagagasgasan ako. mas rough, mas nachachallenge ako"  ( I get more bruises,  more scratches, I am more challenged.)

She admitted that she is more nervous performing here than in London though, especially if she knows someone in the audience. She also said that Filipinos are good singers and are perfectionists, that is why she feels more pressured, "Bawal magkamali." (You're forbidden to make mistakes.)

Les Misérables will run for six weeks until April 24. Ticket prices range from P1750 (D Reserve) to P7000 for VIP.  Better reserve your tickets now at TicketWorld Manila, since some playdates are already sold out and some have limited slots available.
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