Les Misérables Review

I have just realized that I’m a little bit behind on my blogging. Like a month. I’ve got all of these drafts started and just not published. As part of my birthday present this year, Mike gave me tickets to see Rock of Ages back in January and the Les Misérables in June.

I always love going back to the Community Center Theater in Sacramento because of my time singing with the Sacramento Choral Society. It was one of the first BIG stages I sang on and I’ll never forget walking out on stage during one of the first rehearsals and just seeing a wall of red (it’s fairly steep and the seats are upholstered with red fabric). I have so many great memories there and absolutely love seeing shows there.

I absolutely loved the musical (I’ve seen it before) – it’s  one of the few musicals I’ve liked in movie form as well (so much so that I bought the movie). The cast was great – I don’t think there was a poorly casted singer in the whole ensemble (usually there’s at least one that irks me). The stage, costumes and lighting were great – it was just as wonderful as I remembered it.

I’m beginning to think I need to find a musical/opera buddy other than my husband… he’s been a trooper. I’ve been trying to build up to his first opera… we started with Cats, then Rock of Ages, now Les Mis. His review was that it was a little “dark”. Well… that’s sort of opera in a nutshell. If he didn’t like a slightly dark show in English, I really doubt he’ll like some rage aria in another language. At least he tried!

Rock of Ages

One of my birthday presents from Mike was a trip into Sacramento to see Rock of Ages. Neither of us had seen it before, so we didn’t know what to expect. I seriously loved this musical. Shy of Movin’ Out, I haven’t seen any other musicals that really incorporate pop music. Honestly, this was genius. It incorporated all of the 80’s anthems that we know and love (it’s like four hours later and they’re still stuck in my head!). One of my favorite parts of the entire experience was when I heard the lady next to me lean over to her friend and say “Do you think this is going to get much louder”? Seriously made my day. Check out the song list:

Seriously, you can’t go wrong with Journey, except for the fact that it’s going to be stuck in my head for the next six days. Up next on the musical list for the year, George Strait on Thursday. I can’t wait!!!

January 27: Rock of Ages

January 31: George Strait, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

June 2: Les Misérables

2013 Music Calendar

Those of you that know me well know that I love music. I love live music the best – there’s something about a band or artist being able to seeing well without the aid of studio magic that really makes me happy. Every year I do my best to go see all sorts of musicians play live, whether it’s country music, opera, or pop, I love a good show. Here’s what I have lined up so far for 2013:

January 27: Rock of Ages

January 31: George Strait

June 2: Les Misérables

I’ll admit, it’s a little bit light. So far, there’s not a whole lot coming to the greater Northern California area, at least not right now. There are a few bands (Mumford & Sons and the Zac Brown Band come to mind) that I would love to see and am keeping an eye out. A major bet went down on New Years Eve as to whether or not Led Zeppelin will be making a 2013 appearance… if they do, we’ll definitely be seeing them!