So I started reading Les Mis (the novel) and it got me thinking. When it was being made into a musical why didn’t they make Victor Hugo a character? Like, he breaks the fourth wall all the time in the book. It basically starts out with him saying that this priest character isn’t going to have a very large role, but he’s gonna explain his entire backstory because why not?
I feel like he could have been like the narrator in Into the Woods, and he would just insert his own two cents in whenever he feels like it. It would make the show funnier, and therefore less sad.
There should be at least one version of Les Mis with Victor Hugo as a character.
Okay so I COMPLETELY agree with this, and I feel like the Totally Hypothetical Brick-Accurate Musical would definitely need room for a Hugolian Narrator somewhere (he could sing the songs about Waterloo and the Sewers and generally introduce settings and all!)
I have to admit with great regret that there is ONE adaptation at least that already has Hugo as a character
I say “with regret” because it is a children’s cartoon post-canon where everyone is at Cosette’s birthday party ( EVERYONE. Valjean. Gavroche. Enjolras-Courfeyrac-Combeferre. THE BISHOP.) and Hugo stops by and takes notes about everything. It is truly awful and not even funny awful just. Wow. Boring and Bad.
So we totally need at least one GOOD adaptation with Hugo as a character!XD