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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