Smart Infinity Presents Les Miserables in Manila

Friday, March 18, 2016

When word came out about the staging of Les Miserables in Manila, I was really looking forward to watch it at The Theater in Solaire. With a world class cast flying all the way from Australia and London, I only expected this to be the best musical I'm ever gonna be able watch in our country's soil. I think this isn't the first time but with all the improvements they probably put in through the years, this should be a grand spectacle that we Filipinos shouldn't miss!

I'm sure Cameron Mackintosh and the rest of his production would have been happy with the performances we watched during the press preview last Tuesday, let alone the whole show last night. He probably wouldn't have been surprised to know that people were either in the verge of tears or were already crying about how the ensemble cast portrayed their roles. The premium postpaid brand Smart Infinity made sure members had their perks first. We had dibs on tickets since last year and it's no different than when they did it with Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Wicked. Infinity subscribers of course were the first ones to get tickets to the show so you don't really need to line up like rest, now how's that for perks? Ha-ha!

Here's Rachelle Ann Go on Video as Fantine

The cast also includes London's West End based Rachelle Ann Go who took time out of that production so she could do it in the Philippines and perform in front of the hometown audience. She was unbelievable. I couldn't even imagine how perfect she was during the press preview, even more during the actual musical. You could feel her, even if I was in the balcony, looking down on stage, and that takes a lot of talent to do it. I had to pick up jaws of other people since she dropped most of it.

Here's their performance on video:

The story's given, but the actors and watching it live felt like you're watching a painting come to life. To put it into words, it was just surreal! I couldn't let my eyes off the stage as I might miss some of the sequences and important parts that I need to connect with the second act.

Here's my favorite scene on the barricade!

We also saw the cast in the afterparty hosted by Smart Infinity. Thank you so much to these people who made it possible to bring these world class shows and stage it on Philippine soil. Thank you Smart Infinity!

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