You might be a cynic when it comes to movies adapted from Broadway musicals, and that's fine. They're not for everyone. But no matter what you might think of Les Misérables or its cast -- Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, among others -- you will undoubtedly be impressed by the approach taken by director Tom Hooper and the other filmmakers. Because they had their cast perform all the songs from the musical tragedy live on set, as opposed to being pre-recorded in a booth and then cleaned up later for a lip-sync on-set. It brought the actors to a different emotional place than a lip-sync ever could. (For example, let's just give Anne Hathaway her Oscar now.) But mostly, it makes this musical make sense.
Go ahead -- let this extended preview of Les Misérables shake your Grinchy core. You might need this today.
Next year, the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts will premier a new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s classic 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Diablo Cody (“Juno” and “Ricki and the Flash”) will write the book while Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (“Pippin) is directing. Jagged Little Pill “had so much meaning in its time,” Paulus […]
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