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Meetup: Barricade Day 2010 in Paris 
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(This idea started on the "Les Mis to be revamped" thread about the new UK/European tour, and kind of hijacked it so I'm giving it its own thread.)

So, as some of you may have noticed in the tour thread, Les Mis is going to be in Paris from late May to early July 2010. Which means it's going to be in Paris on 5 and 6 June, AKA Barricade Day. And it's at the Théâtre du Châtelet which is in central Paris very close to where most of the book's action takes place, and this is the show's 25th year, and we have an entire year to plan ahead. It's like the stars aligned for a Great Big Fan Meetup in Paris.

If you're at all interested in getting yourself to Paris on the 5th and 6th of June to see the show (it'll be in English btw), meet some other fans, and stand on the real-life actual Pont Notre-Dame imagining a guy in a greatcoat jumping off the quay, please reply to this thread! Even if you're not sure whether you can make it, I'd like to see how many people are interested.

This can be as simple or as elaborate as we want it to be--anything from an unofficial meetup to practically a full-on convention. It'll depend on how many people are interested and what y'all want to do. I'm going to be studying in Paris all year, so I can show people around and translate things and give the real-life version of the Mizzie Tour if desired.

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Théâtre du Châtelet's 2009-2010 season - Les Misérables is already listed.

StudentUniverse - Massive discounts on airfare, train fare, hotels, car rentals, etc. for university students and faculty. I love this site; it got me a one-way plane ticket to Paris for about $350 including fees.

Kayak - Discount airfare and price comparison for those not affiliated with an institution of higher education

Budget hotels in Paris - Exactly what it says on the box.

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:) Great idea to actually start a new thread and thanks for the info!

Okay, once again: count me in. I'm one of the fortunate ones who are already in Europe, so unlike many others that showed interest I won't even have to travel across the Atlantic Ocean but only across the Channel, so that won't be a problem.

As I said before, I have this amazing vision of dozens of Mizzies laying down flowers at the Pont Notre-Dame and rue Mondétour, wearing sideburns and red vests and waving flags, screaming "Down with Polignac!" and all.


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Yeah, erm, sort of pencil me in, because I don't know if I will have exams around that time, so not sure. But if I'm free up, you'll definitely see me there.

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If I get into the study abroad program I'm in, meaning I'll know for sure in... early April? Or something. I half-applied last year, so I know how to do most of the paperwork already...

A Les Mis convention. That would be... epic, for lack of a better word.

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Is anything known about the cast? Will it be the original production, or a revival?

I studied in Paris for a year, and would welcome an excuse to go back.


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I've heard that the JOJ might be doing at least the Cardiff part of the tour... if so I have to see it!

And I'd love to go to a mizzie meet up in Paris if only my exams were finished by that point...


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It sounds like a really cool idea... I'll only have to take the train to get there, and it would be lovely to visit Paris again! I'll keep it in the back of my mind :)

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I was plannig to return to Europe next summer if my budget allows me, so who knows?


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If my plans that summer change, I'd definitely go.

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That is a fantastic idea, and I would love to go.

I was in Paris in April and spent much of my time trailing around the city being a Les Mis geek. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. :)

It sort of depends on uni exams, but I doubt I would have them at a weekend. :-k


Edit: Some of the cast has been confirmed: John Owen-Jones as Valjean, Earl Carpenter as Javert, and Gareth Gates as Marius.

The best link I can find at the moment is from Gareth Gates on Facebook.

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JOHN OWEN JONES TO STAR AS ‘JEAN VALJEAN’,
EARL CARPENTER AS ‘JAVERT’ AND GARETH GATES AS ‘MARIUS’
IN CAMERON MACKINTOSH’S
EXCITING NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF
THE WORLD’S LONGEST RUNNING MUSICAL
“LES MISÉRABLES”
EMBARKING ON A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL TOUR
COMMENCING IN THE UK
AT THE WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE CARDIFF
ON 11 DECEMBER 2009


http://www.facebook.com/GarethGates#/no ... 176&ref=mf


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Gareth Gates.....as Marius......
Oh dear!
But, JOJ and Earl :D Great pairing!

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Gareth Gates.....as Marius......
Oh dear!
But, JOJ and Earl :D Great pairing!


I think Gareth will be great! I'm told he has a good voice. (and I was a big fan when he was on Pop Idol!)

Very happy about JOJ and Earl. A lot of people have wanted to see them in those roles together for a long time now. (myself included)


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