Zionsville Times Sentinel

January 9, 2013

Have a little dialogue if you want to connect

Staff Writer

Zionsville — Two and a half hours of Les Miserables convinced me of one thing — spoken words matter.

How could such an incredible story, brought to life by some of the best actors in the industry and set against panoramic scenery, leave such a lifeless impression? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that the characters never talked to each other. More opera than musical, the characters sang nearly every line. No conversation and no connection either to each other or to the audience. I think it works that way in families as well.

See Wednesday's paper for the full column.