Les Miserables, Utah Symphony, Abravanel Hall, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, Pirate Queen
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BWW Review: Utah Symphony's DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING? is SublimeBWW Reviews: Utah Symphony's BALLROOM WITH A TWIST Sparkles and Shines
Utah Symphony recently presented the sublime "Do You Hear the People Sing: From Les Mis to Miss Saigon" concert at Abravanel Hall.
The concert included countless pieces of music from the stage musicals of Alain Boublil (in attendance at the reviewed performance) and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Due to the constraints of putting together a balanced set list, some beloved songs did not make the cut, but the list still incorporated a marvelous cross-section of music both obscure and well known.
The rich sound of the Utah Symphony was ravishing as always. It was incredible to hear Boublil and Schonberg's epic songs so fully orchestrated and so skillfully played. Conductor Jerry Steichen was as engaging as ever as he partnered with the guest performers to introduce the various numbers.
The most exciting aspect of the concert was the participation of Broadway legend Terrence Mann, who originated the roles of the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, and Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He was also, most relevantly, the first to play the role of Javert in Les Miserables on Broadway. Unfortunately, due to the composition of this concert's particular group of guest artists, Mr. Mann was often relegated to singing comedic songs that didn't best feature his distinctive voice. He was a game participant, however, and he showed a great deal of versatility in the process. The unmitigated highlight of the evening was Mr. Mann's performance of "Stars" from Les Miserables, which showcased his strengths as a performer and evoked the memory of his iconic roles.
The other incredibly talented guest artists included Eric Kunze, who performed as Marius in Les Miserables and Chris in Miss Saigon on Broadway; Jennifer Paz, who played Kim on the original first national tour of Miss Saigon; Marie Zamora, who played the role of Cosette in Les Miserables in Paris; and Sarah Uriarte Berry, who performed as Eponine in Les Miserables, among other Broadway credits.
Tyler Hinton is an avid theatre-goer and a big fan of Broadway musicals. He has a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University (BYU) with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Theatre Studies. In the past, he has written for the BYU Daily Universe and the Connersville (Ind.) News-Examiner. He has also written and directed a handful of shows. |