Music Box: Ramin Karimloo, Bring It Home!

I've seen "Les Miserables" countless times on Broadway since its opening back in 1987, with various actors playing Jean Valjean. I saw the brilliant Colm Wilkison twice during his original run, and his replacement, the great Gary Morris - yes the Country singer - who was outstanding in a complete 180 of his usual metier. … Continue reading Music Box: Ramin Karimloo, Bring It Home!

Reel Life: Oscar, Oscar, Oscar!

Having finally seen every major Oscar contender (hooray for Oscar screeners!) for the first time in years, I can now throw my proverbial hat into the imaginary ring and announce which films I would vote for - if a non-Academy member (you know, a peon!) like me actually had any say in the matter. (I … Continue reading Reel Life: Oscar, Oscar, Oscar!

Reel Life: Les Miserables

I’ve seen “Les Miserables” on Broadway probably a dozen times throughout its initial 16 year run and short revival. I was there the month when it opened, where I was privileged to hear Colm Wilkinson’s “Bring Him Home.” I saw country star Gary Morris later in the same Valjean role, singing with a precision, a … Continue reading Reel Life: Les Miserables

Politico: Les Misbarack

"Les Miserables" - one of my 5 or so favorite musicals - ended with pretty much every Revolutionist perishing, so I hope that this video ~ as hilarious and clever as it is ~ is not indicative of what's to come.  Let's hope Act 2 of the upcoming presidential election ends on a sunnier note than the … Continue reading Politico: Les Misbarack