When I was a kid I was practically obsessed with the soundtrack to Les Misérables. I actually wore out a cassette tape by listening to it too much. However, even though I loved the music, I never had the opportunity to see the play. So when we found out Les Mis was coming to Chicago, we bought tickets the day the box office opened. I eagerly looked forward to crossing this particular item off my life long bucket list. On the evening of October 24th, the babysitter arrived to watch the kids, and D and I left to enjoy a rare date night out of the house.
About Les Misérables
The play Les Misérables is a musical adaptation of the well-known classic literature by Victor Hugo. This tale, set during the French Revolution, follows the life of Jean Valjean after he leaves prison. Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, Les Mis is part of the Broadway in Chicago series that is performed at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.
I thought this adaptation was very well done. The music is beautiful and emotional. Though the storyline is obviously dark and tragic, as life was at that time in French history, there are also heartwarming moments and an underlying message of hope and perseverance. I wish I had only remembered to bring tissues as I was teary eyed throughout most of it. All of the performers were very talented. I was particularly impressed by the actress who played young Cosette. She had such an impressive voice for someone so young.
Les Misérables ran at the Cadillac Palace from October 11, 2017- October 29, 2017.
About Cadillac Palace Theatre
The Cadillac Palace Theatre is located on the corner of Randolph Street and LaSalle Street. This 2300+ seat live theater, designed by brothers George and Cornelius Rapp, first opened in 1926. As you turn the corner onto Randolph Street, you can’t miss the Cadillac Palace. A glitzy neon red sign with flashing lights and lit-up marquee stands out immediately, transforming you back in time to the early 20th century. Walking into the exquisitely decorated building, I felt like I was walking into a grand European palace. Gold and deep red hues mingle together with extravagant designs in every corner of the interior. Elegant chandeliers only add to the grandness of the Cadillac Palace.
The dress code for the Cadillac Palace is greatly varied. I saw people dressed anywhere from casual to formal. I chose an outfit in the middle of the scale with a nice pair of jeans and a dressy top.
Free parking is slim near the Cadillac Palace. Parking garages are located around the area if you are willing to pay the exorbitant prices to park in the city. Although we chose to park in the garage this time- the play ended late and we wanted to get home to our kids sooner than the hour Metra ride would allow- we try to take public transportion when going into the city to avoid paying for parking. I recommend doing the same, if possible.
Going to see Les Mis was a great way to spend a night out with D. As our schedules are both so hectic, we don’t get nearly as much time together as we’d like. We’ve always enjoyed the theater even though we don’t go often. Les Misérables at the Cadillac Palace Theatre was an amazing show by talented performers.
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