By Lea Salonga
Due in large part to the recent Oscar-nominated film starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, as well as its nearly 28-year-long run in the West End, plus countless productions all around the world, “Les Misérables” is perhaps one of the most inspiring musicals ever produced. Its themes of love, redemption, second chances and forgiveness are universal, easily translatable into any language and playable in just about any city.
By Rito P. Asilo
Can a fine performance save a mediocre film? Yes and no. If you’re Meryl Streep, you can turn a cheesy musical (“Mamma Mia”), a by-the-numbers actioner (“The River Wild”), and a dawdling biopic (“The Iron Lady”) into enjoyable screen romps.
Anne Hathaway has gone from propping up leaden sidekick James Franco at the Academy Awards to hefting a golden statue of her own with a supporting-actress Oscar win as a doomed mother-turned-prostitute in the musical “Les Miserables.”
Anne Hathaway wins best supporting actress in the 85th Academy Awards.
It was an extra starry, musical day at the Dolby Theatre as Adele took the stage first Friday, followed by the cast of “Les Miserables,” singing together for the first time.