LES MIS OPENS!!!
What, you thought I meant Christmas? Adorable.
This show...you guys. This show! It was my first love. Most little girls I knew who were falling in love with musical theatre were starting with Annie. Not I!
When I was a wee young thing, I loved to sing. My awesome parents then sent me off to take voice lessons. The first song that voice teacher found for me to sing was, of course, "Castle on a Cloud". I remember performing it in some sort of talent show in a dress my mom made for me and dyed a dingy brown color with tea bags. I was given a tape of the cast recording to learn it. From that moment, I was hooked.
I listened to that tape nonstop. I had no idea what was going on. I didn't understand the show at all. I knew there was a sad girl who missed her mother, there were people in love, there was something about fighting, and there were some bad words. I'm pretty sure for the longest time I thought it was about the French Revolution. By the time I was 9, I knew it all by heart.
My love affair with the show continued. It was officially my favorite show. The tape was played in my room and on every car trip. God bless my parents for putting up with me. It was the second Broadway show I ever saw (Second to Phantom of the Opera, but not by choice. It was only because there was a bus trip to see Phantom first. Les Mis came a couple months later).
I couldn't contain my joy. The theatre was immense. The famous turning stage blew my mind. I never even knew something like that could exist! It was like magic. By the end, I was sobbing. It was amazing! The best thing I had ever seen!
I continued to play that tape out until it died. Then I bought the CD. And every other recording I could get my hands on- London, 10th Anniversary, French cast. Any and Every DVD. I don't even remember how many times I've seen it on Broadway or on tour. Watched the non-musical movies. I even read the book. I was a girl obsessed.
Even as I grew and my tastes changed, it's still in my heart. I don't think if I just stumbled upon it for the first time I would like it let alone love it. Oh, but love it I do.
This is why I am ridiculously excited for the film. It combines my childhood love of the musical with my Adult Becca tastes. Have you seen the making of trailer?? Singing live on camera!? Making it as realistic as possible?! More intimate, less showy!?! PRODUCERS YOU ARE IN MY BRAIN MAKING THIS MOVIE JUST FOR ME.
I've heard a lot of resistance from fans of the musical. Fourteen Year Old me would probably agree. But this Becca? Oh this Becca gets excited to open each link in Vulture's Les Mis Advent Calendar. Seriously, check it out. It's all I can do not to link every little thing every single day.
Will it be perfect? Oh God no. I'm sure I'll take issue with many things. But I know me. And i know that I will love it. And watch it many many many times. And Cry. A lot. And dream of Enjolras....