Les Miserables recently opened at the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Les Mis is my absolute favorite musical, and I have been both dreading and eagerly anticipating the B&B version since I learned it was coming.
On one hand, the opportunity to see something I love performed live is wonderful. But on the other hand, this is a very large musical production being performed on a tiny stage, and I wasn’t sure the B&B was up to the task.
Let me just say that I am rarely moved to stand at the conclusion of a performance, but I enthusiastically participated in the standing ovation at the end of Les Mis. I was absolutely blown away by this production.
The first time I saw Les Mis was on Broadway, and I fell in love. Then I saw it in the Broadway Across America production at IU. The Beef & Boards production of Les Mis was better than the version I saw in Bloomington. I have also seen several productions on video, and this live one trumps all but Broadway.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.