Radio Theater: Les Miserables

It's not often that I get an opportunity to review anything other than books, so when I saw the chance to review Focus on the Family's radio theater presentation of Les Miserables, I definitely had to get it.

I have listened to some Lamplighter productions, but never any from Focus on the Family, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've never read the book, but I'm familiar with the musical. So I can't really say which is more accurate, the radio presentation or the musical, although there were things in the radio performance that I thought were odd- they cut out a lot and sometimes even changed things. The biggest probably the fact that Eponine didn't die. ???

The voices? Sometimes I felt the acting was a little melodramatic, and I didn't like Fantine's voice at all. Jean Valjean's was okay, as was Cosette's; I liked the the Thenardiers and Marius. And Enjolras and Gavroche *sob*

However, this performance wasn't just as emotionally charged as the musical (although it's certainly cleaner). I kept feeling like it needed music, no surprise. It was enjoyable, but not spectacular.  However, it's a good way to introduce one to this amazing story of redemption and grace.

I received this product from the publisher for free in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 7


  1. This sounds like an interesting CD. Thanks for your thoughts and the review.

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    Diane :O)


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