This well-known and beloved musical has now been adapted for High School students, only verging slightly from the original production of Les Misérables. Based off of Victor Hugo’s book, the musical adaptations of Les Misérables have swept numerous tony awards and also have the honor of being Broadway’s second longest running production.
Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables School Edition tells the story of Jean Valjean, and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life over after a saintly bishop inspires him to live honestly, but he is tirelessly sought after by a police inspector named Javert. Throughout the story, Valjean and his adoptive …show more content…
His passion and raw emotion prevailed through difficult songs filled with highs and lows. McLean’s expressions and mannerisms magnificently portrayed Valijean’s internal conflict and emotional struggle.
Marius’ (Leif Jomuad) spirited vocal execution of both Empty Chairs at Empty Tables and Red and Black completed his complex character arc from innocent, amorous schoolboy to a hardened lone survivor. Jomuad’s happier moments on stage with Cosette were extraordinary with great chemistry between the two. Their duet A Heart Full of Love was entrancing in a Romeo and Juliet type love at first sight. Cosette’s (Vinh On) voice grew stronger throughout the performance as her love and passion grew.
Marius’ companion and leader of the revolution Enjolras (Beckman Hollis) demanded attention on stage and exuded confidence. Hollis’ impeccable power and control in his vocals and tone captured the urgency, passion, and tension of this characters situation and added to the success of energetic songs such as Red and Black, One Day More, and Do You Hear the People