The release of the Tom Hooper movie has made us Les Mis junkies go into Jean Valjean overdrive, and for weeks, I’ve been running with an abbreviated playlist of tunes from the West End show. It’s abbreviated, of course, because you can’t keep a sustained pace when Eponine is dying in your earbuds, babbling on weakly about rain and flowers and unrequited passion. Lovely as they may be, songs like that have to go.
But cobble together a Broadway show’s most stirring numbers, and you’ve got the makings of a powerful hour on the road. Getting immersed in a musical’s storyline is a good anecdote for boredom that can occur on a long run when we’re accompanied by only a haphazard collection of unconnected tunes. And shows usually have a comical number or two that can make even a hard workout just plain fun. (In Les Mis, it’s “Master of the House” which makes me laugh out loud no matter how many times I hear it.)
Not every Broadway show is a contender. Avenue Q is one of the greatest shows of all time, but you can’t run to hardly any of it. And I like Cats, but it wouldn’t get me to the end of my driveway.
So, to kick off your weekend long run, here are the FIVE BEST MUSICALS TO RUN TO (grammatically incorrect, yes, but you will agree that that sounds much better than FIVE BEST MUSICALS TO WHICH YOU SHOULD RUN, yes?) Read more >>