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Quote about Victor Hugo

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

you don't have to worry about my deluging you with quotes by or about Victor Hugo.

I only have one:

In the 19th century, someone was asked who the greatest living French poet was, and the answer (translated from French) was "Victor Hugo, alas!"


I'
m guessing that the respondent didn't think the bar for poetry had been set very high smiley - laugh.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

smiley - rofl They'd probably read 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'.


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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

When I was in college, I majored in French. To satisfy my major requirements, I had to take one "literature" course in each of five centuries, starting with the 16th (i.e. "Renaissance, taught by a dreadful woman). It didn't *have* to be taught by a dreadful woman, but that's what I got smiley - groan. I chose drama for my 19th century French course, so of course I read "Hernani" and "Ruy Blas." This is to say that if you take a Nineteenth century French class, chances are you will encounter Victor Hugo.

I liked the film version of "Les Miserables."


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

I liked the novel. (In English, as a kid.) Liked the film version with Liam Neeson.

The musical puts me to sleep.


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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

Was it a good sleep or a bad sleep?

Somehow, there seems to be no limit to Hugh Jackman's singing range.

I love Ann Hathaway whether she's acting or singing or both.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

No, it put me to sleep because it's boring. smiley - yawn To me, all the songs sound alike and seem to be equally intense. The story is lost in all the posturing, too.





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Post 7

paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

What I didn't like about the music was that it was scored at the top of the singers' vocal ranges. You can't tell that from hearing Jackman sing, but some earlier cast members sounded bad because they were straining for notes.

Now, wouldn't it have made sense to transpose some of the music down so that singers could sound better? Yes, it would have. Another option might have been to cast people with the right ranges.

neither option was explored. smiley - sadface

I don't blame you for disliking the *musical,* Dmitri. It seemed worse than it actually was for the reasons listed above.

And, I went out of te theater humming "Songs of angry men."

There are songs like "Lovely ladies" that I could have done without. But almost every musical has some songs that get jettisoned along the way, with no one being any the wiser.

"Who do you love, I hope?" was originally in the score for "Annie get your gun." It got ditched along the way. I rest my case.


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

I wonder if people clean up 'Annie Get Your Gun' for political correctness these days. I remember singing those songs, and 'I'm an Indian, Too' is offensive on many levels, not all of them musical. smiley - laugh


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Post 9

paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

I totally agree. smiley - smiley



Probably tey just leave the song out, or opt not to do the show at all.


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