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The awards included best musical and best original score.
This was a difficult play to mount as the whole story is sung through by the performers. Due to the sheer volume of the songs contained in this two act play, my analysis of Les Miserables shall concentrate on only 6 songs. These songs are:
Les Miserables is a story of broken dreams and loss of hope. Life is hard and for a woman like Fantine, who started off as a worker and then ended up a prostitute with a daughter whom she entrusted to Valjean on her deathbed, this song from Act 1 of the play conveys the childlike innocence that one wishes to carry throughout life but always surrenders due to the reality of the situation. This sentiment can be clearly seen in the sheer optimism of the song during its early part but then we find out that “hope was high” and “time has gone by”. Fantine also dreamed that “love would never die” and “God would be forgiving” with the longing of a child. As the whimsical wondering of a child gave in to a reckless youthful love and its harsh realities, Fantine in the end realizes that life as she dreamed it and how it really was. She sadly sings that her life is:
In contrast to the heavy emotions of Fantine in “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Master Of the House” is a much livelier and lighter song from the first act. It is performed by Thenadier at Thenaiders Inn. In the song, we see how business was done during this particular era. This Act I song has Thenadier enticing clients to stay at his inn because he is unlike other businessmen who:
Charge them for the lice... extra for the mice... two percent for looking in the mirror twice... here a little slice... there a little cut...three percent for sleeping with the window shut...when it comes to fixing prices...
In reality Thenadier is no different from the inn-keepers he sings about and his wife, who deplores such acts knows but is unable to stop him from doing it. He makes his money by being an
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