by Stuart Munro
The act’s highlight was easily his reenactment of the film version of Les Miérables, dressed only in a Dalmatian unitard.
I’ve since come to learn that the West End production is based on the North American Tour which saw original director Joe Mantello, and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler replaced by Jeff Calhoun. Seriously? Who replaces Joe Mantello? With Jeff Calhoun?! Now, where we had smooth scene changes gracefully covered with amazing choreography, we have actors moving every bit of scenery on by hand because there’s no automation, and video of Dolly Parton herself introducing the main characters (because we can’t figure it out on our own?), making jokes about the English calling it an “interval” instead of an “intermission,” and (God help us) even singing the title song during the curtain call.