Yes, that does mean I'm highly biased. But I still enjoyed tonight's show immensely. It was an entire new cast (i.e. the West End cast for the long-running shows are changed periodically - I should find out how often they change them), so I'm wondering if the performers were nervous, but it didn't seem to show except maybe for one or two. Cornell John always seemed out-of-breath when singing Javert's soliloquys...I felt that he was the weakest principle. But I have only seen two shows (and can't really remember the first interpretation) - the CSR recording's Javert is my favourite (having heard both the OLC's and OBC's performers too) - and if the intention was to really contrast Javert with Valjean, then this was an interesting way to show it, I suppose. Just not my taste. A couple of the others went a bit OTT at times, but I'll place the fault more with the mic amplification than anything...seriously, I wish they didn't have to use mics... John Owen-Jones was great as Valjean, and Hayden Tee's 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables' was pretty good too. Shaun Escoffery as Enjolras is a little...short...but he's alright. I didn't quite realise until today how small Enjolras's role is though...he doesn't even have a solo, and really leads in just one song ('Red and Black'), even if 'Do You Hear the People Sing?' is what most people use to define him (he only sings the first two lines solo!). The girl who was playing the young Cosette (Lucy Brushett) really looked the part, and James Burgess as Gavroche did well (and I've just realised that they haven't been (described) in the program). He didn't managed to throw the bullets over the barricade though...pity...I've read about it happening once.
Well...I believe that if I move away from Australia, it'd have to be either to the States (around New York) or somewhere in Europe with cheap flights/trains to London. They're the only places in the world where Les Mis is still running.