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Les Miserables – One Day More (One Man, Many Puppets)

I made a video of me singing the song One Day More from the hit musical Les Miserables. It’s entertaining. You should watch it. 😀

I fell in love with the music when my summer school English teacher played it in class as a listening practice. The music was just so… epic! I had the pleasure of seeing it live back in 2003 (while it was still on a revolving stage!) and although my comprehension for English at that time wasn’t good enough yet to catch all the words, it was still a moving experience. It was also my first time seeing a live musical by a professional company (rather than my high school classmates) and what a great introduction!

Recently I watched the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert (multiple times) on PBS. What a massive production and many great singers in it (Alfie Boe, especially). And then when we started rehearsing for Puppet Jukebox, which required me to sing, I ended up using the Les Miserables soundtrack in my car as vocal warm-up (which is great for that purpose, by the way). For many weeks, every time I am driving, I am singing Les Miserables. I got almost the entire thing memorized by now.

So when Center Theatre Group announced that they were having a Les Miz Obsessed video contest for Les Miserables tickets, I thought, “Obsessed? That’s me! I should totally make a video! With puppets!” So that’s how the video came to be.

What surprised me was that the video reached 1000 views within the first day. That left me a little puzzled. I was wondering whether it got digged or stumbled. And people started mentioning Matt Lucas in the comments, which left me scratching my head. Finally I figured it out. It turned out that Matt Lucas, who was Thenardier for the 25th anniversary concert and will reprise the role at West End from June 23 to September 10, actually tweeted my video!

Whoa, definitely didn’t see that one coming! Matt Lucas approves. That made me really happy! 😀

Oh yeah, before I forget, if you enjoyed the video, please take a few seconds to vote for my video to win those tickets! You can vote for it once every 24 hours on Facebook:

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  1. June 12th, 2011 | 7:44 pm

    Hi kelvin,

    That was fun to watch! You are a very complete artist my friend, and have a very strong voice!. And the video itself it awesome. Congratulations!

    I already voted for your video. Hope you win :)


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  2. June 12th, 2011 | 9:24 pm

    Thank you, Rual! Ultimately, I just aim for making something that’s entertaining. And when I watched the final product, I admit I thought to myself, “You know what? This isn’t bad!” 😀

  3. June 22nd, 2011 | 4:44 pm

    Very, very excellent my friend! Time for you to make a short movie! 😀

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  4. June 22nd, 2011 | 11:30 pm

    What? This one doesn’t count? 😉

  5. June 23rd, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    Oh, Kelvin, this is wonderful <3
    Saw the picture that was tagged of you by CTG, and glad to see you got to go to the show :)
    Did you enjoy it?

  6. June 23rd, 2011 | 11:36 pm

    Great song and great video! I really like your voice. And I am a big fan of Les Miserables too.

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  7. June 24th, 2011 | 1:05 am

    @Angela: Oh yeah, it was wonderful. In the end, I did not win the grand prize (first row seats) but they did decide to give every entrant a pair of front orchestra tickets. Consolation prize just doesn’t get any better than this! This is one of the most gorgeous production I’ve ever seen. Really happy to see this one! 😀

    @Amenda: Thanks! :)

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