Les Miserables has been so successful that it has been performed continuously since 1985. The life story of the former prisoner Jean Valjean is impressively dramatic and powerful. The version in concert form currently performed in London’s Gielgud Theatre is a brilliant illustration of this: Phenomenally played and sung by an extraordinary cast, garnished with outstanding sound technology, this is an event of the century. I was never so overwhelmed after a visit to a musical.
South American prison, brutal wards, torture forced confessions… not exactly the ingredients for something you voluntarily watch on a warm summer evening. Manuel Puig’s novel was adapted into a pictorial, profound musical, which, despite all the tragedies, repeatedly scores with situational comedy and offers infectious Latin American rhythms.