The cast of Mirvish’s revamped production of Les Misérables in Toronto is asked this question: What’s the greatest musical in history (other than Les Mis)?
Ramin Karimloo (Jean Valjean)
I’m not a big musical theatre guy, but I love Sunset Boulevard. I would do that again in a heartbeat. Being in it and seeing it, you felt like you were back in that time. It’s the perfect marriage of book and music.
Genevieve Leclerc (Fantine)
I love Miss Saigon – the sets, the helicopter and the two worlds. You don’t have to pick and choose who you identify with. Usually when you see a play you pick sides – you want him to finish with her or her. The music serves the text, but it really stands alone, too. It’s not pop, but it sticks with you.
Samantha Hill (Cosette)
I love Cabaret. It was one of the first, other than seeing Singin’ in the Rain, the movie, it was the first musical theatre that I saw, which is surprising since it’s a little mature. I’ve loved it ever since. I love [choreographer Bob] Fosse, I love the style of the the show. There’s not really a role for me at this point, but hopefully I’ll get there.
Perry Sherman (Marius)
I would probably say Sweeney Todd. I did it in high school where you tend to do the classics [such as] Guys and Dolls. To do Sweeney Todd was a real awakening for me. Musicals could be gritty and real and I just loved it.
Melissa O’Neil (Eponine)
I grew up with Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Mis. We watched Jesus Christ Superstar on TV every Easter. I love that it’s a rock musical that makes you want to dance. And then cry later.
Cliff Saunders (Thénardier)
I mostly from the straight theatre world, but you know what I like – Little Shop of Horrors. I saw it here in Toronto when I was a young adult. The lyrics were clever, the music was great.