Wednesday, January 18, 2012

T-Swift Takes on Les Mis

This is a delayed blog reaction, but it needs to be said. I love Les Miserables. It's one of the greatest musicals ever to hit the stage, with a powerful story, moving characters, and unearthly beautiful music. So, obviously, I was initially thrilled to hear to the plans for a film version of the Broadway show. So far, I've been fairly pleased with the casting - I love Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and while I'm a little worrisome about Russell Crowe's singing voice, he definitely has the acting chops to pull off Javert. There couldn't be a more perfect Mme. Thenardier than Helena Bonham Carter, and I fell in love with the adorable Eddie Redmayne in My Week With Marilyn. Broadway-trained Aaron Tveit will be an incredible Enjorlas, and Sacha Baron Cohen is just crude enough to pull off M. Thenardier.

Recently, the casting of opera-trained Amanda Seyfried as Cosette was released. This, again, I was fine with. However, along with this news came the announcement that country/pop singer Taylor Swift (and Vogue cover girl) was going to play Eponine. For those of you who don't know, Eponine is the meatiest female role in Les Mis and has one of the most epic ballads in music theater history. Taylor Swift just doesn't have the voice! I've already seen Phantom of the Opera tarnished on screen thanks to Gerard Butler (loved the movie, but he just can't compare with the likes of Michael Crawford and Ramin Karimloo). Not Les Mis too! I just don't understand how Taylor beat out stage veterans like Lea Michele (who has played the role on Broadway!) and respected actresses like Evan Rachel Wood. Lea Michele even has the Glee fame factor behind her now. Fellow theater fans, how do you feel about the casting of T-Swift?

Credits to Vulture for this incredible graphic

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