Adam Lambert slams Les Misérables cast

The film adaptation of Les Misérables has been receiving rave reviews since it was released on Christmas day and many are praising the live vocal performance of the cast, which includes Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. But not everyone is convinced. Singer Adam Lambert took to Twitter yesterday to share his thoughts on the production, and needless to say he was not too impressed, writing, “Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers…it’s an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. [sic]” He later added, “And I do think it was cool they were singing live – but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals.” The criticism continued with more posts that read, “I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext – but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out,” followed by, “The industry will say ‘these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live’ but why not cast actors who could actually sound good?”

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  1. Isobel • January 18, 2013 @ 7:29 AM

    I agree with tool, I think putting it though a machine would just make it bland, as Anne Hathaway said she didn’t want I dreamed a dream to be pretty, it doesn’t work with the story of her being rock bottom. and Hugh talked about how good live recording was where he could act through the song and change up the emphasis, making it less pretty but more realistic for the story.

  2. Sam • March 6, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

    He’s gay. He dresses like a woman. And it matters what he thinks why???

  3. Silver • July 23, 2013 @ 7:36 PM

    He is right, The newest Rendition of Les Miserables, was probably one of the worst I’ve seen in a very LONG time of musicals…. Russel Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Amanda Seyfried were not meant for singing.

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