"When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums..."
I read the unabridged version when I was 16, after which I bought a tape (yes, a cassette tape!) of the musical, and went on listening to it until it fell apart, at which point digital music was already available. I downloaded the album and it became a staple on my playlist. In recent months, I've been listening to it on Spotify. I watched the 10th anniversary concert on CD, and the 25th anniversary concert on YouTube (the 10th is still much, much better than the 25th). 25 years since I first discovered Les Miz, I finally got to watch the musical. Onstage. Live.
It was everything I imagined it to be and then some. I still find it amazing how technology has enhanced our theater experience, providing not just a dynamic backdrop to the production but smoother transitions between scenes as well. I'm no theater critic - I tend to experience these things on a more personal level than on a technical level. I know all the characters, I know all the songs, and I had goosebumps the entire time I was watching. And yes, Cosette is still a wimp.
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