♪ I Dream A Dream ♪ (by Celinde Schoenmaker)
… with the amazing cast of Les Misérables, notably starring Geronimo Rauch as Jean Valjean, Tam Mutu as Javert, Danielle Hope as Eponine, Celinde Schoenmaker as Fantine, Jamie Ward as Marius, Samantha Dorsey as Cosette and Vicky Entwistle & Cameron Blakely as Les Thénardier !
I think the time has come to finally write this post in honour of this mind-blowing cast!
I am first going to talk about the extremely funny couple that is Les Thénardier, played by Vicky Entwistle & Cameron Blakely. These two are absolutely amazingly hilarious! Everything from their singing to their acting perfectly reflects the original characters, but they also have this kind of boldness, allowing them to make a mockery of the quite serious book characters… and this is simply genius!!! Another version of the roles, which is, in my opinion, totally adapted to the musical genre!
Vicky Entwistle & Cameron Blakely
Then, when it comes to the two main parts of the show, the Mackintosh theatre creatives couldn’t have picked better performers than the incredibly talented Geronimo Rauch (playing the role of Jean Valjean) and Tam Mutu (in the role of Javert)! These two guys not only leave you speechless when they perform on their own, but as a duet… they create such a powerful thing it is even hard to find words to describe it! They give you thrills in your entire body and reach such an amazing strength when they sing together that you feel like nothing and no one could stop them! The confrontation between Valjean and Javert is one of my favourite bits in the show, and it totally illustrates this ‘power’ I’m talking about!
Geronimo Rauch & Tam Mutu
And concerning my three favourites, well… I could write so much about them regarding how incredibly they blew me away the two times I saw them on stage!!! I’m sure you’ll easily guess that my number 1 favourite is no one but the outstanding Jamie Ward (in the role of Marius), very closely followed by Danielle Hope (playing Eponine) and Celinde Schoenmaker (playing Fantine)! These three are absolutely brilliant! Each of them made me cry at least once during the show (I wrote « at least« !!!)! They’re a very talented bunch of people! Jamie is a perfect Marius, a copy of the original character! His singing as well as his acting is pure and genuine! Every sound is deeply moving! Each time I saw him perform, it was truly sincere and profound… and that’s what made his performances so emotional! His Empty Chairs at Empty Tables is magnificently breathtaking, and I could also talk about all the passionate bits with his incredible Cosette, Samantha Dorsey! As far as Danielle Hope is concerned, she plays the role of Eponine to perfection! Eponine is my favourite character in Hugo’s book… probably because she’s the one I can the more easily identify myself with ;p! And I must say that Danielle’s Eponine really blew me away! She took me back into Victor Hugo’s book in the 19th century Paris, thus reviving the atmosphere of that time… and I believe that this is quite brilliant! And when it comes to the fantastic Celinde, who’s playing Fantine, the only thing that comes to my mind now is… WOW! This girl is so extraordinarily gifted! Her voice is pure gold and each performance is astonishingly strong and soft at the same time! She was very lucky to be in that show, that’s for sure, but I would say that it is, above everything, THIS SHOW, which was VERY lucky to have her!!! 3 words to describe these 3 performers: ALL SO AMAZING!!!
Jamie Ward, Celinde Schoenmaker & Danielle Hope
I really hope you enjoyed reading this post in honour of my favourite Les Mis cast! This show has been such an important part of my 6 months in England (and those of you who have been reading my articles for a little while will completely understand why ^^)!!! So I really hope you liked it!
With this, my budding West End connoisseurs, remember to…
Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life ;)
And of course… to Dream the dream!
Lots of love <3