Will this new staging be different enough to make someone who is tired of the show interested in it again? I am intrigued by the lack of turntable, certainly the original's signature staging element. But will the new directors find a creative way to make epic tale flow? I pray that it won't be a bunch of static scenes, with all of the solo numbers done full forward, standing center stage.
|"Stars," I presume|
|Will the Thenardiers rein it in?|
|Looks like the ship in the movie...?|
Will the new design elements make the new staging more interesting? Will they simply put everything on trucks that move around tracks on the stage? Will they rely too heavily on projections? I understand they are using Victor Hugo-era paintings as scenery, and I find that idea appealing, provided they don't go too far with it. Will they do something unique and new with the lights?
|"One Day More" All that's missing is Gavroche|
Just how impressive are the much-touted new orchestrations? I will admit that I am looking forward to hearing what they've done to the score. I hope they use lots of real instruments and not too much synthesizer. The sound needs to be huge, striking and organic.
Was the casting of Broadway names in the principal roles worth it? Individual feelings about the Broadway stars aside, I have always felt that this show is best when performed by the very best actor-singers. All the times I have seen this, I have been most impressed by those performers I've never heard of before, or people I have heard of doing something extraordinary and previously unheard of before with their roles. We shall see!
Finally, is anyone else as amused/annoyed by the ridiculousness of the ads for this revival that tell us that "at long last, the phenomenon is coming home!"? Talk about hyperbole! "At long last"? It has been barely 6 years since the last revival closed, and that one started only 3 and a half years after the original closed following a sixteen year run. And if the "coming home" refers to it being at the Imperial Theatre as the website suggests, PLEASE! Evidently, the powers that be have never sat in the rear mezzanine there - a mile from the stage and cramped. Real homey... (I'll let you know... that's exactly where I am sitting, since that is really all I could afford/was willing to pay to see this yet again.) The "real" home, if there is one here, would be the Broadway Theatre