Darren Criss Offers Acoustic “I Dreamed A Dream” From Les Miz

Intersecting Broadway, folk and pop, GLEE star Darren Criss released this stripped down, acoustic version of “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables as he announced Elsie Fest 2017.

This third iteration of the popular music fest will again bring together “stars and songs from the stage and screen” on Oct. 8 at City Park’s SummerStage in New York City’s Central Park.

It took me a few phrases to buy into what Criss is doing here, but he proves again that a great song, coupled with authentic story-telling, is always a winning combination.

Watch below.

Ramin Karimloo Says Happy Trails To Broadway’s LES MISERABLES

Tony Award nominee (and overall super talent) Ramin Karimloo said ‘so long’ for now to the Broadway company of Les Miserables.

Karimloo moves on to the upcoming Prince of Broadway featuring the shows on Broadway producer/director Hal Prince.

In case anyone needs to be reminded of the brilliance that is Ramin Karimloo, here’s one of the most recent video performances of Ramin singing “Bring Him Home” from his heart-stopping performance as “Jean Valjean” in Les Miserables on Broadway.

(Couldn’t find a great live theatre clip, but you get the bonus of seeing the handsome face here…)

Viral Video: West Des Moines School Teachers Parody “One More Day” From LES MISERABLES

For all the teachers and theater fans. This flash mob will make you smile.

Almost 2 million views so far.

While the West Des Moines Community School District Superintendent was beginning her speech to the staff of WDMCS at the district-wide welcome back meeting, the teachers of the district created a flash mob to the enjoyment of their unsuspecting colleagues. With only one more day of preparation left, the teachers shared their talents by performing a parody of the song, “One more day” from Les Miserables.

How about the impressive voices???

You can read the clever lyrics below the video.

Lyrics:
One day more!
Another year and one more planning day.
As we start this road to the end of May;
These students who in spring were here
Will surely come to school this year.
One day more!
——–
I am not ready for today.
What shall I do once school has started?
——–
One day more.
——–
Tomorrow you’ll be halls away
Because the summer now has parted
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One more day all on my own.
——–
Do we know the common core?
——–
No more time for preparation.
——–
Will my lesson be a bore?
——–
I’ve run out of planning time.
——–
Please collaborate with me
——–
Soon the students will be here
——–
One more day before we start!
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Do I join her for PD?
——–
Learning targets bring you freedom!
——–
Shall I join their PLC?
——–
Common assessments shall be made
——–
Formative or summative?
——–
Will you come and plan with me?
——–
The time is now, the day is here!
——–
One day more!
——–
One more day to education,
We will help these students grow!
We’ll be ready for these schoolboys
We will teach what they don’t know!
——–
One day more!
——–
Watch ’em run around,
Catch ’em if they fall,
Making sure the classroom’s
Ready for them all,
Here’s a little crayon
There’s a little glue
Markers, pens, and pencils
They know what to do!
——–
One day to a new beginning

Raise the flag and say the pledge!

Every student will arrive

And I hope I will survive!

There’s a new world for the teaching

There’s a new world to be taught

Do you hear the school bells ring?
——–
All right,
I’ll join,
your PLC!
——–
One day more!
——–
I am not ready for today.
What shall I do once school has started?

We’ll become these student’s heroes
We will lead and they will go
We will build them a bright future,
We know things that they don’t know.

One more day all on my own!
——–
One day more!
——–
Tomorrow you’ll be halls away
Because the summer now has parted

One more day to education,
We will help these students grow!
We’ll be ready for these schoolboys

Watch ’em run around,
Catch ’em if they fall,
Making sure the classroom’s
Ready for them all,
Here’s a little crayon
There’s a little glue

——–
Tomorrow we’ll discover
What our God in Heaven has in store!
One more dawn
One more day
One day more!

(h/t JMG)

Broadway: Caissie Levy “I Dreamed A Dream”

Currently starring on Broadway in the hit revival of Les Miserables as “Fantine,” (former Broadway “Elphaba” in Wicked and created the role of “Molly” in Ghost), Caissie Levy stops the show nightly with the iconic “I Dreamed A Dream.”

The voice. The voice. The voice. The voice.

I can’t say enough about the current revival of Les Miz. I’ve already extolled my uber-crush on leading man Ramin Karimloo’s talent (and the fact that he’s easy on the eyes). I felt it time to give Miss Levy equal time 🙂

And if you dig Miss Levy’s voice as much as I do, check her official website here.  She has an EP titled With You and the website has a player where you can listen to the songs in their entirety.

Jason Segal and Neil Patrick Harris sing “The Confrontation” from Les Miz at the Actor’s Studio

Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel sing "The Confrontation" from Les Miz on "At The Actor's Studio"

What happens when you ask two TV actors to sing a duet – on the fly LIVE – that has nothing to do with their TV series?

If you’re a fan of musical theatre, this will makes you laugh. We’ve all done this in our living rooms at some point…

Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel of How I Met Your Mother Sing “Confrontation” from Les Miserables (Inside the Actors Studio (2014)

Apparently, Neil and Jason sing this together onset as an ongoing joke. I think the first time they did it on TV was 8 years ago on the now-defunct Megan Mullally Show.


Christmas morning movie – 1st showing of Les Miserables



At the very first screening if Les Miz movie in Las Vegas with Michael and John G.

Very excited to see it 🙁

One movie going comment though: I’m amazed at how many people but so much at the concessions stand. Folks are walking in here with trays full meals of food. Just kind of a lot it seems.

Plus eating distracts from the movie. At least it does for me.

Anyway, the movie’s starting and I’m happy. I guess if all that food makes it better, then pop that corn.

Happy happy, kids!

p.s.  Movie is over.  And it’s fabulous.  Audience ended up being packed.  And I’ve rarely heard an audience be so visibly moved.   Definitely a must see, folks.