So I saw an interview that Hugh Jackman, one of the stars of the upcoming film release of Les Miserables, did with a news program, and it included some clips from the movie. My verdict on Hugh Jackman’s singing as Jean Valjean: “Gaaahhhh! It’s Gerard Butler as the Phantom all over again! Noooooooo!”
It’s sad, really; I had such hopes for this movie, especially hearing some of the other cast members sing. Anne Hathaway is a beautiful Fantine; Eddie Redmayne has some impressive musical chops as Marius, and I already know from the 25th anniversary concert that Samantha Barks is a killer Eponine. But Valjean is the central role of the entire play, and if the singing is weak on his part, the entire impact is lessened.
This is how “Bring Him Home” should be sung, ladies and gentlemen:
Need I say more?