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Peggy Sawyer, stars in her eyes and magic in her feet, moves to the Big Apple in the midst of the Great Depression looking to win the Broadway lottery. She isn’t even a seasoned chorus girl when she arrives but lotteries aren’t always won by the one who has been playing the longest. Much drama ensues along with a lot of tap dancing and singing. The lovely end to a fine story is that everyone lives happily ever after, the diva and the rising star, which is a feat for any theatre production especially in the 1930s.
All of the dancers and singers worked hard to entertain and seemed to really be enjoying themselves on stage making the show that much more fun to watch. They captured the gregarious spirits of Broadway hopefuls in the era of depression and uncertainty. The complete cast ensemble obviously put their hearts and souls into the production and it pays off for the audience.
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Broadway Across Canada has brought the most marvellous production of Les Miserables to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver.
Linda and Ian Harrison saw it on the opening night.
The staging was dark and glowering in keeping with the theme. It was an open stage flanked with what looked like cubes stacked on top of each other. The backdrop was a projection screen. While there is no turntable, the sets move into place seamlessly providing a sense of the locales through the story. The set itself twists and turns on itself to provide the various locations.
The orchestra and singers are in balance and you can hear every word.
Javert’s final scene must be seen! The staging is truly phenomenal.
The acting and singing is wonderful.
It’s on for a short time July 10 - 15.
~ reviewed by Ian Harrison
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