I expected emotional songs, extreme vocal range, quality acting, and some chuckles...and I received it all and then some! This show is a reimagined version of Victor Hugo's classic and even includes some of his paintings as backdrops. This new vision was tried out in London and across the U.S. (we saw a similar set up in Atlanta during the national tour) and they have certainly leveraged the best of their experiences.
Ramin Karimloo as Jean V-J was an unexpected treat! We were familiar with him from the 25th Anniversary Blu Ray performed at London's O2 Arena, where he was Enjolras. In addition, he was the Phantom in its 25th Anniversary Blu Ray. His voice is as true as the recordings captured. A magnificent performance that would compel me to see it again...if I didn't live in Europe. Everyone in the cast is dedicated and does not indicate one moment when they are disconnected from the character they are acting. True professionalism!
I have seen this show for the second time, and this production on Broadway is the better one --bar none! A must see!