Adam Lambert slams “Les Miserables”
Adam Lambert has taken to Twitter to express his feelings about Les Miserables. For the most part, he’s not impressed.
“Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. …it’s an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good). Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Enjolras were the exceptions for me. Helena B Carter and Sasha B Cohen were great too. And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. Eponine’s voice was cool too… I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out. The industry will say “these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live”but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh but it’s so True!”
Of course Adam started to get some flack for his strong comments. He responds:
I’m so glad we are all discussing this now! Look-I grew up w this musical and so my expectations are quite high. Didn’t mean to b negative. … One more clarification: DO go see it for Anne Hathaways performance. It’s was breathtaking. … OPINIONS!!! We all got em! Keep Calm and Discuss!
I can understand how Adam was appalled at Russell Crowe’s singing (although he didn’t single him out by name) but he also doesn’t seem to be impressed with Hugh Jackman who I thought was sensational and who has won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical.
Anyway, Adam makes some valid points and I’m glad to see him expressing them!