One Day More

On New Year’s Eve, we went to watch Les Miserables in the theatres. The last time I watched it was on another forgettable New Year’s Eve one decade ago in the Pantages Theatre. At that time, I had no idea about its plot, characters, song lyrics, nor themes, only that it was popular and everyone ought to go see it. I’ve watched a Hollywood version since then and understand the story more. This time around, though, with the songs embedded in the movie itself, I now see a wider scope of the story and gained a new appreciation for it.

For the past few weeks, the songs have been stuck in our heads and we would quote the lyrics to each other every now and then. We’d go to Youtube just to hear the songs again. We’ve had long discussions about its themes of grace, love, and redemption interwoven with law, duty, and order as they are played out in the lives of complex characters skillfully developed in the story. In short, we’re totally infatuated with the play. Here’s one of the grander songs that caught our imagination of late:

As a new fan of the Les Miserables musical, I was deeply moved by this international version of “Do You Hear the People Sing” sung by various Jean Valjean characters from 17 different countries. I don’t know how many times we’ve already replayed this, but it never gets old. I wish I were one of the people in the audience. I would be the first to give them a standing ovation!

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