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Jul. 9th, 2010 @ 02:14 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: "Once upon a dream" - Łukasz Dziedzic & Gaba Kulka
Hello, everyone! Just dropped in to say that I've only just found this community and read through most of the posts and comments and am very glad of it. I'm not going to lie, I've been converted into loving Les Mis only recently - in fact, since the cast of the new Polish production was announced and a certain baritone whom I wholeheartedly adore was cast as Javert. This led me to get more into the musical - which I liked before but was not crazy about - and then I read the novel, and, well... you know the story. So I'm not ashamed of my blatantly fangirlish motives, since it's not the first time that they led me to discover something awesome :)

I decided to join this community to show my appreciation for the amazing amount of knowledge you people have, for the devotion and the passion you devote to the subject and for the fantastic artwork that's been posted here. You guys rock. I'm very impressed by the high level of discussions going on here and the genuine good-natured atmosphere of this group. The Inspector himself could have been proud of you - that is, if he could be proud of anyone worshipping his person. That said, I hope that this community is not dead yet and that you'll still read my ramblings.

Much love from a Polish Javert-lover and hopefully keep up the good work! From my part, I'll try not to assault you with mad ravings about our new Warsaw Javert when the production opens in September. Much.
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From:axmxz
Date:July 9th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Hey there! As you can see, it's kind of dead here these days. Pity...

(That Francesco musical sounds awesome, by the way)
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From:dracomaleficium
Date:July 9th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
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It IS awesome, and terribly addictive, too. The thing I love most about it is that it shows the story of Saint Francis not through the perspective of a saint, but of a man, with all his doubts, shortcomings, errors and fanaticism. And the music is simply beautiful. Getting me started on it is a very dangerous thing, though, so I'll shut up at this point while I'm still able to ;) (haven't seen the show since December, freaking DECEMBER! I can't believe the people running the theatre thought that three performances in an entire season would be enough... *growls*)

Pity indeed. I regret getting into the fandom so late, I seem to have missed most of the fun. Still, it's there to be read and enjoyed, so that's good.

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From:axmxz
Date:July 9th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Is there a place online where one can listen to the whole thing? Or buy it, even?
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From:dracomaleficium
Date:July 9th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
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You can listen to parts of it on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DracoMaleficium
I made clips to all the tracks that have been included on a CD that's been released as part of a special edition of a newspaper, and sadly, that's all there is of it available officially, and not even that anymore, since it hasn't been released for broader distribution (in some of the later clips I used a live recording that can be found here: http://www.wrzuta.pl/szukaj/francesco%20musical) Unofficially, though, there are a couple of fan recordings of the whole show and I'll post some links as soon as I can find them, if you're still interested after listening to the samples.

And should you want some translations or a summary of what's going on, be my quest :)
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From:axmxz
Date:July 9th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Is this an original production or a remake of Franceso Il Musical?
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From:dracomaleficium
Date:July 9th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
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No, it's completely original. It was written, composed and directed by Polish artists and the Gdynia version is the original and so far the only existing one. It should totally get more love and that's why I keep pimping it everywhere, the world ought to know about this piece of theatre brilliance :)
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From:axmxz
Date:July 9th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
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It's great. I forwarded your channel link to my best friend. We both share a deep love of St Francis and Clare of Assisi.

Are you from Gdynia?
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From:dracomaleficium
Date:July 9th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Physically and officially, no, but mentally - heck yeah! ^^ I actually live in Olsztyn, which is a town about three hours away from Gdynia. But ever since I set foot in the Music Theatre there ("Francesco" was the first musical I saw there more than three years ago) I decided that one day I'll move there and right now I'm well on my way of achieving this.

Wow, I can't believe I actually got another person interested in the show! You made me a very happy creature indeed.
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From:axmxz
Date:July 9th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Ah, the love of a theatre company claims another willing victim. :)
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From:axmxz
Date:July 9th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I wish I spoke Polish. I speak Russian, which not only doesn't help but actively hinders...
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From:dracomaleficium
Date:July 9th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Give me your e-mail address :) I attempted to translate some of the main songs from the CD into English, and even though those translations make the beautiful libretto sound somewhat crappy, it's always some point of reference. I still have to get going on the Road of the Cross... (a fifteen-minute number, it's insane.)I'll send you the file after I've made a few corrections.
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From:axmxz
Date:July 9th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
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All right! anzaig at gmail.com Thanks!
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From:dracomaleficium
Date:July 9th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Which actually brings me back to my original post - I only went to see "Francesco" because I heard that Dziedzic, the aforementioned baritone, was cast as Francis and that was actually the first time I saw him live. Hence, fangirlism has its good sides since now I'm becoming a St. Francis buff and can't even begin to imagine how anyone could NOT love the man, or Claire. If only such people existed today...

I'm eagerly awaiting your reaction after listening to some of the songs, "Ścięcie włosów" ("the cutting of hair") and "Droga krzyżowa" (the road of the Cross - happens near the end of the show and by the end of it Francis gets the stigmata - he recites all of the 14 Stations with references to his own life) are thought to be especially powerful moments.