Friday, February 25, 2011

Les Miserables

Can I just say... I LOVE Les Miserables. To the very core of my entire being. I know it sounds a little dramatic, but it is so true. I grew up listening to the music of this play with my mom. We'd just sit there and imagine ourselves being the character's and just sob together at the sad parts. I will forever be thankful to my mom for introducing Les Mis to me. The story is so incredibly moving and the music is just so completely powerful that I get teary almost every time I listen and sing to it. Luckily, Nate loves the music as well so he will sometimes join me (in the singing, not the crying :)) and I am sure our neighbors think we are crazy, especially me since I am the one who belts out with a voice that is not so grand, haha!

Anyway, I have wanted to see Les Mis in the theater ever since, well, forever ago. Actually, I guess I saw it when I was around 13 years old, but I don't remember any details from it. So, when Nate and I got married, I told him that if Les Mis was ever playing where we were living, that we HAD to go because it was hardly ever in the US! So, when it came to our very own Chicago for Les Miserables 25th Anniversary, my wonderful husband got us tickets and we saw the show, and we saw it last night.



The night started out rough due to traffic. So we missed our nice dinner and ended up scarfing down Dunkin' Donuts and arrived to the theater just in time. But all that stress was forgotten when we got there and when the play started. I just have to say... IT. WAS. AMAZING. Seriously. SOOOO good! We had awesome seats and we were able to see EVERYTHING on the stage! If you've only heard the music on the CD, wait until you hear it from the stage, LIVE! Holy crap. And there were so many songs that are not on the CD that are also just wonderful and I really wish I could listen to them on a regular basis. And, in true Kelly fashion, I sobbed practically the entire time like a total idiot. I'm pretty sure no one was quite as emotional as I was, but that's okay. It made Nate laugh, at least :)

Thanks to my awesome husband for fulfilling one of my dreams to see Les Mis. I am a very, very happy wife :).

8 comments:

Anne Marie said...

I am so jealous! I heard Les Mis was coming to Chicago....I'm going to hurry up and get tickets! I've never seen it on Broadway and have always wanted to! So glad you all got to go!

Candace Wright said...

Oh Kelly, that just sounds fantastic. I didn't realize you hadn't seen it before. I'm so happy for you!

Rach said...

Sounds so fun! I hate it when dates start off rough...I never seem to get over my grumpiness ;) I am so glad that the evening turned out wonderful for you guys! I am sure it was a much deserved night out!

Shelley said...

I have always wanted to watch Les Mis! I have listened to the CD for years and you are right, it's powerful stuff! When I took voice lessons, one of the songs I sang was "On My Own". I'm happy for you!! Glad you had a great time!

The Hedges said...

I agree! Seeing it changes the power of the music that you hear in the recordings. It's an amazing show and I'd love to see it again.

Jen Low said...

I LOVE les mis. It is on my broadway bucketlist. If I knew you were going I seriously would have considered inviting myself! When I worked at the library at byu I would rotate listening to 3 different CDs. Wicked, phantom, and les mis. I am soo glad you got to see it and I'm sure your mom was thrilled you could finally see it too :) oh and Iove that you admit to crying, I shed a few tears during wicked!

April said...

I am so excited that you got to go! And I love how honest you are about being emotional through it! That would totally be me!!

Wendy and Neal said...

Did you go to BYMS when we (me, Nate, the kids our age) did? Nate was in choir, and was cast as lead in phantom of the opera. Holy moly, he became such a heart throb! Nate has always appreciated the musical arts - you're lucky! I caught me a guy that loves them too. Isn't getting serenaded by the man you love totally the best?