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4.0 out of 5 stars Look Down! Look Down! And find your debit card!, 15 Jan. 2007
This review is from: Les Miserables (Audio CD)
If you've got to this page, then chances are you've heard of Les Miserables and if you're a wise person indeed then you will have gone to see it in London or on Broadway. This CD is the original cast recording and has excellent vocal work from household names Colm Wilkinson, Michael Ball and rather bizarrely Caroline Quentin of Men Behaving Badly fame.

This CD however is no replacement for seeing the musical live - it misses out pieces of linking material. This means that if you are listening to this as a substitute for seeing the musical, you may become confused by the jumpy plot. My recommendation to you is go and see the musical, then buy the CD and sing along all you like. A CD like this one can only give you the audio, and nothing your imagination can conjure up will be as good as visual feast that is the production in the flesh.

In summary - buy this if you've seen the musical. If you haven't - hold out until you have and it will be a much more worthwhile buy.
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2009 13:25:30 BDT
A thoughtful comment on the CD, I particularly appreciated the summary, which seems to put the review in a nutshell

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2009 11:55:22 BDT
LOL! I loved the title of your (great) review!
I've seen Les Mis four or five times in London and one in New York. I have both the London and the Broadway cast recordings, though I prefer this one, because of the orchestra and the wonderful strings section. An eternal favourite of mine, and it always makes me cry floods of tears.

Posted on 7 Feb 2010 11:34:33 GMT
C. Chow says:
totally agreed!!

Posted on 15 Dec 2012 10:29:08 GMT
operetta says:
Caroline Quentin was a member of the original ensemble. This engagement happened long before she became well known from Men Behaving Badly. She was also the 2nd understudy for the role of Fantine although she never got to play it. How do I know all of this? I was also in the ensemble with Caroline and acted with her in several scenes.
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