“Les Miserables Makes its Debut at Queen’s Hall”

Newspaper: Trinidad Express
Date Published: Wednesday 16th July, 2014
Writer: Sonja Gopeesingh-Luckoo, Art Critic

Les Miserables is undisputedly one of the greatest novels of all times and its author Victor Hugo had said of it, “I don’t know whether it will be read by everyone, but it is meant for everyone. Social problems go beyond frontiers. Humankind’s wounds, those huge sores that litter the world, do not stop at the blue and red lines drawn on maps. Wherever men go in ignorance or despair, wherever women sell themselves for bread, wherever children lack a book to learn from or a warm hearth, Les Miserables knocks at the door and says: ‘open up, I am here for you’.”

No doubt our bittersweet TnT has been calling for this balm to salve our wounds and the Marionette’s Chorale under the artistic directorship of Caroline Taylor has very ambitiously provided the balm to assuage our national woes in bringing this epic novel to life in this wonderful musical production that is bound to bring comfort in troubled times.  Taylor has undoubtedly created a masterpiece of theatre on Trinidad soil that shall live in the memories of those audiences who attended last Sunday’s premiere performance.

From the very first note of the orchestra, the hearts of the audience were enthralled by performances that ranked with the international productions of London and New York. The integrity of the music was certainly maintained yet there were subtle orchestral manoeuvres that would certainly locate the musical in the Caribbean region. The interpretation in no way compromises the authenticity of the musical masterpiece but merely whispers Trinidad softly into the international melange that Les Miserables has become. The musical director is none other than Gretta Taylor. Incorporated into the regular orchestra are two string players on violin and viola visiting from the United States for the event, so there is international flavour and inputs from beyond our shores.

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