…Hear the People Sing

As we make our way through this week leading up to the Tonys, I thought I would take a look back. Not to the Tony Awards of yesteryear, but a bit further.

On this day in 1832, a short-lived uprising broke out in the streets of Paris. If you’re wondering what this has to do with the Tonys, I’m getting there.

A reminder of The French Revolution and a hint of things to come, this small rebellion only lasted two days.

Too small to be a true revolution, this minor disturbance may have been forgotten were it not for a novel that sparked a different kind of revolution over 100 year’s later.I’m speaking of course of that musical you either love or love to hate — Les Miserables.

Is it a mere coincidence that the event on which it’s based happens to fall in the middle of Tonys Week? Yes, of course it is.

It does provide the perfect opportunity/excuse to revisit this powerful story, one that lives on thanks to Victor Hugo, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, and the countless devoted fans.

It’s also a reminder of the power of storytelling, which is what Tonys Week is about. Without storytellers, moments like this could be lost to history.


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. originalomc says:

    agreed as it pertains to story-tellers…thank goodness…

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  2. I am obsessed with Les Mis. Been a huge fan for five years, but had to watch the movie twice before knowing if I like the musical. By summer of 2013, I was obsessed after researching since December of 2012 information about the musical. Now I have seen the show five times- that is three times at community college, one time in the West End, and one time on tour when it came to Greenville.

    Les Mis is such a powerful, passionate, and epic story about hope, compassion, forgiveness, and love in the midst of tragedy and darkness. It may be a heartbreaking story, but it just has this beautiful underlying story. Then with the brilliant music that captures your heart and soul. Then the complex and wonderful characters whose lives are so interconnected who directly and indirectly impact each others lives.

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