Did you see Les Mis? If so, did you go in knowing nothing other than what you saw in the trailer – or had you seen it onstage? Did you know there was no dialogue? What did you think about it? I saw the staged version many years ago. I hardly remembered anything about it – I even thought it was set during the French Revolution (1789-1799), but it is actually about the June Rebellion that took place over two days in 1832. More than you wanted to know? Don’t worry, I’m done. Not enough info? Read the super informative Wikipedia entry here.
There’s not a lot of choruses and catchy refrains since it takes place of the speaking, but the music expresses the mood of each event and person in an amazing way. For those of you who don’t “get” musicals, this one may be a hard swallow for you. It borders on being an opera, but, thankfully, doesn’t cross that line. And let me drop a kenlet on you: when people sing in a musical, it is to convey a feeling that is better described with lyrics, music and, perhaps, dancing. It is not to be looked at as “someone just started singing all of the sudden out of nowhere. No one does that in real life.” Well, most people don’t start rapping in the office or doing a poetry slam at the dinner table, either. It is just another form of expression, and the other characters in the production see it that way.
I have already seen it, but apparently everyone has seen Pitch Perfect at my daughter’s school – everyone except for her, of course. (Yes, there’s some profanity and other college-aged hijinks that take place, so you should decide for your own kid whether to watch.) When I was in high school, we had the Madrigal Group (seriously, who sing a bunch of madrigal songs, even then?). The name was eventually changed to “Pop Group” or something lame like that. Still, we never even thought to sing songs the way they do in Glee and PP. The harmonies, mash-ups, irreverence, movements – awesome. I love the story, too, especially the part about The Breakfast Club.
Here’s a link to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack.
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