Posted by: Judy | June 24, 2021

Week 25 of Count it all Joy

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness…

Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

In 1986, I was in London. My friends asked if I was interested in seeing a musical or two. How could I not see a theatre event while in London? Cats was popular. I wanted to see it, and they arranged for tickets. They wanted to choose one other. They debated and tossed around various options. There was a new musical everyone was raving about. It hadn’t made it across the pond. I knew of the story only because I knew of Victor Hugo. “Les Miserable.” Why not? They arranged for us to see a matinee at King’s Theatre. Most of the original cast performed the day I saw it. To this day, it is difficult for me to think of it without tearing. Powerful. Heart wrenching. Inspiring.

I returned to America, and no one knew what I was talking about. Then the Kennedy Center featured Broadway’s anticipated new up and coming musical of the year: “Les Miserable.” Colm Wilkinson sang “Bring Him Home.” Just thinking about it, I cry. I had heard him sing it live, in London, and he was finally on my television in America.

When the movie came out, to my wonder and joy, Colm Wilkinson played the Bishop of Digne. “I have bought your soul for God” is still a powerful line, 35 years later. Hugh Jackman was a brilliant choice for the role of Jean Valjean. Unfortunately, Russell Crow played a pathetically weak Javert.

The music brings back countless memories, and the memories bring me joy. This is Colm Wilkinson singing “Bring Him Home” at the anniversary performance.

Beautiful sunsets bring me joy.


  1. I have seen both Cats and Les Miserable in NY in the 90s. I am not familiar with the version of the movie you mentioned. But I have seen the one with Liam Neeson. Sounds like I need to find the one you mentioned and watch it too. Thanks for sharing!

    • I saw them in London, in the 80s. 🙂 Several movies have been made, over the years, but only one was the musical. There are parts of the movie I wish I hadn’t seen. They left little to the imagination and went as dark as possible but still staying within the PG-13 rating. Maybe more than you wanted to know. 🙂

      • Oh thanks for the warning! I might pass on that movie then 😬

        • I’m hypersensitive to some of the content, so it colors my perspective.

          • I am sensitive to certain things too, so I understand.

            • ❤

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