Sunday September 20, 2020

Appetite for distraction

Even if you’re a giant Broadway musical nerd who went along to see Les Miserables four times and enjoyed the movie too, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will blow your mind

9th December, 2018
Even Russell Crowe’s woeful singing in the film version of Les Miserables can’t spoil the magic of the musical

There’s this thing they do in rousing Broadway musicals that touches me deep in my soul. My nerdy, once-played-Oliver-in-my-all-girls-school-transition-year-production-of-Oliver-and-went-to-see-Hamilton-twice-in-one-week soul. It’s when the characters sing different bits of songs and lyrics together at the same time, and make it work in a glorious cacophony of sound and wide-legged stances before finally coming together in belting unison.

In the biz it’s called counterpoint, and Les Misérables’ The Confrontation is the daddy of...

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